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Westminster student finalist in film festival

Abby Johler stays behind the scenes in film production.
Abby Johler stays behind the scenes in film production.

As a Westminster Christian Academy freshman, Abby Johler discovered a passion for filmmaking in Han Kim’s video storytelling class. She helped lead the freshman Spirit Week video project and discovered that the hours of editing flew by because she enjoyed it so much.

After asking Kim where she could learn more, he guided her to the Force for Good Film Festival. Hosted each year by the University of Notre Dame, the festival was created to encourage high school students to use their personal cellphones as creative tools by making short films with positive messages. Students are invited to enter their short films and one winner receives a scholarship to the university’s two-week intensive film camp.

Johler was one of 150 entrants. Her short film, “Brain Bully,” which highlights one girl’s journey to overcome low self-esteem, was selected as one of the 20 finalists that were shown at the festival. 

“I know that in our generation we are constantly comparing ourselves to others,” Johler said. “There is a voice in everyone’s heads that feeds them lies. With my film, I wanted to try to display to people what the average girl in my generation deals with inside her head.”

She attended a film camp at the University of Tulsa after the festival. Westminster sophomore Isabella Trost also attended and co-produced a film, “Are You There?” with Johler.

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