The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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March 3, 2014

Student filmmakers focus on teen issues

Seniors production to debut Friday

HERMITAGE — Two Hickory High School students are inviting the community to see a film they hope will give people “Something to Write Home About.”

Chase Brown and Maxwell Cianci wrote and shot the film about the pressures teens face and how some decisions they make in response to those pressures can turn out disastrous.

The senior filmmakers got the blessing of school administrators and the help of many within the community to produce “Something to Write Home About,” which will be screened at 1:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Hickory auditorium. Members of the public are invited to attend both screenings.

Chase and Maxwell have been making short films and commercials together since the sixth grade. Samples of their work are available on YouTube and their Facebook pages.

“Something to Write Home About” came from the demise of the “Mr. Hickory” program, a pageant for boys that tried to raise awareness of the problems of drugs and drinking, particularly at prom time, and money for the prom.

Chase and Maxwell fashioned a story about four students – played by Jake Andrusky, Gerald Koledin, Erin Hoffacker and Nate Mastrian – facing relationship troubles, uncertainty over the impending move to college and the availability of drugs and alcohol.

Maxwell said Hickory is like any other school in that there are young people who gravitate to drugs and alcohol.


0002000004D7000005924D1,“At Hickory, they’ve done anything they possibly can to stop it,” he said. “But, you can’t.”

Chase said students are not always aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol use.

“It’s a problem where people need to think about what they’re doing before they do it,” he said. “We want to show them what could happen to you and your friends. This all happens in a five-day period. From Monday through Friday, everything changes for these characters so much.”

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