APS Students Win Thunder Bay Film Festival Award – WBKB 11

ALPENA, Mich. – Grade 11 students William Shultz and Nicholas Lusardi set out to kill two birds with one stone.

First, raise awareness about protecting the Great Lakes.

Second, win the Thunder Bay International Film Festival award.

The mission was accomplished with their short film titled 2038. Writer and actor William Shultz explains why he was so passionate about the project.

“I think the great lakes are something very unique, there’s not really anything else in the world that looks like it, and those are our two birthplaces and I think that’s something very special and we have to keep it clean. We’ve seen other times where the great lakes have been kind of abused and exploited and we’ve been able to clean them up, but at some point we won’t be able to do that anymore” , Shultz said.

Nearly two months of rigorous, late-night editing sessions led Nicholas Lusardi, recipient of the title, to reflect on what it feels like to not only win, but to inspire others in the film industry.

“It’s extremely special and rare to feel something so rewarding for something you love to do. It’s kind of a unique thing that I feel like anyone can do. Even though I I’ve won many times, I don’t think I’m the only one who can win. There are a lot of people who can step up and do it. Will has never done it before and he did a great job. I was following him all along the process. And so if you like to tell stories and you just take a camera, you can be successful even at the local level. I think that’s pretty cool.

The team took first place in the competition, but even with all the recognition, they have one final message of appreciation.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of 2038.”

To see the movie 2038, click here.

Darcy J. Skinner