Lex Chimecic’s short film “Memento Mori” was shown Sunday in a movie theater in Times Square, New York, during the world’s largest high school film festival. The Polish student’s work is included in a jury-selected selection from over 2,500 titles submitted.

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The ninth edition of the All-American High School Film Festival attracted the attention of more than 2.5 high school students from all 50 US states and more than 40 countries around the world.

– For me, this is very important, because this is the first time my film has participated in such a big event. I was excited because the show was held in a world-famous place. I think my enthusiasm was shared by my fellow filmmakers on the shows, Szymczyk said.

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He added that he had always been interested in science fiction films, including those of Christopher Nolan. He also wanted to make a movie himself on this agreement.

Memento Mori, which is approximately 10 minutes long, tells the story of two people searching for their missing friend. The events take place in a post-apocalyptic world.

Lex, the son of Polish immigrants born in the United States, wrote the screenplay, directed and edited the film, and composed and recorded the music and sound for it. He also played a small role in it.

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Memento Mori was created while Lex was still a student at Regis High School, a Jesuit high school in Manhattan. The young filmmaker is currently studying at Jesuit Georgetown Business School in Washington.

– I take pictures of the university from various events; A few days ago I photographed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – he said.

“Memento Mori” premiered on the last day of the event at the AMC Empire 25 Cinema in Times Square, which ran from Friday. The cinema has been operating since 1912 in Manhattan on 42nd Street, and has attracted mainly young audiences from the United States and abroad.

Festival organizers pointed out that after the epidemic-related restrictions COVID-19 This year is special for the school’s filmmaking community. “This is an opportunity to rediscover the exciting atmosphere of being physically present at a movie screening and to share your passion for cinema with others,” emphasized the creators of the All-American High School Film Festival.


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