Dennis Kim’s Elliot

Last week, after arriving home from the Sixth-Annual Student Film Festival at Armstrong-Hipkins, I got a Facebook message from Dennis Kim (‘15). Those who were fortunate enough to take in the Fifth-Annual Student Film Festival last spring will remember Dennis’s moving animated short film entitled Elliot.  The original score was composed by senior Luke Ciancarelli, Mr. Brandwood lent his iconic voice to the narration, and fellow senior filmmaker Lukas Dong handled sound design. Elliot won Best Picture, and Original Score that night.


Since graduating from Blair last May, Dennis began studying Cinema Studies and Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Just today he found out that Elliot won the Golden Gate Award for Youth Work at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In addition to a cash award, Dennis will have the opportunity to participate in one of the Vancouver Film School’s Summer Intensive Programs.


This news came on the heels of the announcement that Elliot had won the Audience Award in the Reel Animation category at The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) held in Seattle last weekend. Dennis, in his usual humble manner, said, “I genuinely still find (it) hard to believe” after winning the NFFTY award. This evening, he said when referring to the Golden Gate Award,” I’m still in disbelief, but it has happened.” When asked for permission to share news of his success with the Blair Oracle, Dennis replied, “I feel really flattered to be featured on the Oracle like this. Thank you for your consistent interest and support for my work.” We look forward to continuing to follow Dennis’s burgeoning career in film.  



(copyright 2016 Joyce Lang)

Joyce Lang

Mrs. Lang is a Spanish teacher at Blair Academy and a supporter of the Blair Oracle.