News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Twelve students from the Compass School in Westminster spent six weeks readying their films for public scrutiny and to compete for the “best picture” award, says the Brattleboro Reformer. The seventh annual Student Film Festival saw the debut of four films viewed by more than 200 people. The students, many of whom hadn’t touched a camera before, studied films, wrote screenplays, directed, edited, and produced their own films. The winner, chosen from among four films, was “Color of Paint.” Its subject matter was simply about a guy waiting for his bedroom wall paint to dry. Writer and director Sean Hennigan had run out of location options, but eventually convinced his mother. “After three hours of sobbing, my mother finally let us use her wall,” Hennigan said. Even though the film won, the color on the bedroom wall was not a winner according to mom.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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