The student filmmakers received the Indie Memphis CrewUP Youth Filmmaking Mentorship
, which gives youth across the city a chance to make a short film and compete against other young filmmakers. Each team has $500 to assist in making their film and will meet with a professional filmmaker mentor at least twice a month throughout the process.
Seniors Kennedy Adeogba ’23, Lacy Williams ’23, and Nyla Johnson ’23 will write, shoot and edit an original film that will compete this fall in the Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest. This is the second year Lacy and Nyla will be participating in the mentorship program. Kennedy acted in their film last year and will be their lead actress again for this film. Lacy and Nyla will serve as co-directors.
The group’s film must be no longer than 8 minutes. This year, they plan to make a comedy and will begin filming at the end of May or early June. At the film festival in August, the team’s film will be judged by an out-of-town-jury. The girls said they are looking forward to the process and seeing how their final product turns out.
Hutchison filmmakers have made a strong showing at previous youth film festivals. Zoe Zerwig Ford '23 participated alongside Lacy and Nyla in 2022. In 2019, Sara Kate Burnett '22, Callie Oehmler ’20, Mischa White ’21, Caroline Couch ’20, Eliza Kamara ’21, and Paige Patteson ’19 all competed in the Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest. Kamara, Oehmler, and Couch received various awards.