A film by Zane Scheuerlein, a 17-year-old junior at Evanston Township High School, has been selected for inclusion in the 19th Annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. “The Hidden Cost of Cashmere” is one of nine other youth-produced films selected from several hundred submitted that will screen at the Walter Reade Theatre at the Lincoln Center in New York City on June 20.
“The Hidden Cost of Cashmere” tells how Americans’ desire for cheap consumer goods is linked to desertification and the global climate. The fast-moving, tightly cut 3-minute film includes original flash animation by Zane, a skill he learned in his ETHS animation class taught by Petra Maton. Zane asked Ms. Maton, who is originally from England, if she would perform the film’s voice-over narration as well, in her most proper British accent.
“The Hidden Cost of Cashmere” is not the only film made by Zane that will be screening on June 20. “The Cloud Factory,” a 10-minute personal documentary that Zane co-produced with Marisol Becerra, will screen at the Cine Youth Festival in Chicago, organized by the Chicago International Film Festival.
“The Cloud Factory” can be seen here during the DIY Interactive Green Screen workshop at 3 p.m. on June 20 at the Cine Youth Festival, Columbia College Film Row. Workshops are free but attendees must register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to http://www.chicagofilmfestival.org.