Orofino Junior-Senior High School can now boast about award-winning filmmakers in their midst. Three current seniors won Best Documentary Film in this year’s Kiwanis Teen Film Festival with their film, Special Olympics Documentary. Annie Vaage, Mattie Drobish, and Arie Sween won a trophy and a check for $300.
The festival is hosted by the Idaho Falls’ Kiwanis Club, and invites student filmmakers from Idaho and Western Wyoming to compete in several film categories. All planning, filming, and editing must be completed by the teens.
Annie Vaage and Mattie Drobish are the film’s writers and directors. Both are Lewis-Clark Special Olympic Unified basketball players who train and play alongside the athletes on the court. Annie and Mattie are seniors at Orofino High School and focused their senior project on Special Olympics. The film producer is fellow senior, Arie Sween, who is an aspiring video editor and designer.
The film features Lewis-Clark Special Olympic athletes and Unified players from Orofino and Lewiston, Idaho. This documentary was created for a senior project by two Special Olympic Unified players. It is hoped that the film will enlighten and show all the opportunities and benefits of the Special Olympics program.
The team entered their film as part of the OJSHS Drama entries for this year. People are welcomed to watch the film themselves at this address. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eqTu6_6BW7NVB5Gvgv_ymH_uOy34yN8Y/view?usp=sharing