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A Newtown Arts Festival Kick-Off Event:
“Youth” is a short dramedy about being a teenager in the suburbs that was filmed this summer in Connecticut.
Max Galassi is a 15 year old film maker living in Newtown, Connecticut. He attends Newtown High School and the Regional Center for the Arts, where he studies film and performing arts. Ever since the beginning of time Max has had a passion for writing and film making. Early in his freshmen year of high school, he became involved with the Westport Youth Film Festival, where he was on the youth board of directors. He attended meetings weekly and did many things to prepare for the film festival in June. Along the way, he met a writer who inspired a short film that he created in February. This film was selected for the national youth film festival (NFFTY), which was held in April 2012. After this, Max was so inspired that he decided to make a 20 minute movie of his own titled "Astral". He wrote, "Astral" during his freshman year and directed, filmed, and edited the movie in the summer of 2012. Finishing this film in the fall of his sophomore year was a challenge, but It paid off. In February, he set up a screening for "Astral" along with another short he made titled "Sophie’s Tree" at the Healing Newtown Arts Center in Newtown. More than 120 people came to watch the two movies he created and a student art exhibit that he arranged there as well. Soon after this, "Sophie’s Tree" was selected to be in the National Youth Film Festival (NFFTY). On top of creating his own movies, he has created professional music videos and promotional videos for clients and friends over the past two years. Along the way, he picked up a passion for photographing people. He loves taking head shots and recently began doing it professionally. Max is also involved heavily in the performing arts. He has been trained vocally and in acting.
Please contact NewtownArtsFestival@gmail.com with questions.