For our second showing in collaboration with Indie Film Minute, Light House Studio screened Prep School at Vinegar Hill Theatre. A misunderstanding between a troubled rugby player and the new girl at an elite private school is the catalyst for events that will alter the course of their lives and those of the people around them. Prep School is the first film from director and writer Sean Nichols Lynch. Featuring promising work from young actors, particularly Ben Bellamy as Caleb and Carly Schroeder as Kyla, it tells a dark tale of misplaced revenge and how seemingly small decisions change the student’s futures.
During the Q and A portion after the screening, Lynch said his advice for young filmmakers is to “start making things right away and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. No one is going to give you permission.” Having attended film school, Lynch assumed that it would be easy to get his “classic, misguided revenge story set at a private school” into larger festivals. After facing rejection, he kept submitting and the film got into the 2015 Studio City International Film Festival in Los Angeles where it premiered to much acclaim, receiving awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Film. As a result of its success there, Prep School found distribution, showing that you don’t have to screen at one of the major festivals to find success for your film.
Be sure to join us for our next screening with Indie Film Minute on December 1st at Vinegar Hill Theatre.
Chandler Ferrebee is an aspiring filmmaker and program support intern at Light House Studio.