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Senior is finalist in high school film festival

By Beth Murphy

Senior Eamon Hegarty is a finalist in the 10th annual Phantoscope Film Festival. He entered the documentary he produced last spring,"Pro Deo et Patria," about Father Thomas Scecina and his experiences as an Army chaplain during WWII and the Bataan Death March. The documentary was his final project in the Advanced TV Production class at Scecina last year. The film is narrated by James McInerny ’15, with additional narration by senior Joseph Ritter.

Eamon is the son of Scecina Principal John Hegarty and his wife, Patty. The Hegarty family participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, which also is depicted in the film.

Phantoscope is a high school film festival, juried by film industry and creative professionals, that screens finalists in front of a live audience, and awards prized based on excellence and merit. The Best Film is awarded $1,000!

The winners will be announced at the festival screening on Sunday, April 10 at the Indiana State Museum.

Writer and director Angelo Pizzo, an Indiana native, will be the featured speaker. Known for writing “Hoosiers” (1986) and “Rudy” (1993), Pizzo will talk to festival contestants and members of the public beginning at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the session is educational, allowing young filmmakers to learn from professional writers and filmmakers about their experiences in the industry. Pizzo will provide a unique Hoosier perspective on filmmaking for our regional filmmakers.

The screening starts at 3 p.m. at the museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and $3 for students. For tickets call 317-232-1637.