Film Festival 2019


Drexel Foundation’s 13th Annual Children’s Film Festival & Film-maker Competition premiers many local films for Kids by kids and with kids in mind including the world premier of “InvinciVale”

            The Drexel H. Foundation's 13th film festival competition had another successful year with entries from many Western Treasure Valley artists. The film competition 1st place winner in the Youth 4-11 category sponsored by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  & Morrison Center was Courage  by  Juliette Freeman. Taking 2nd place was Rayanna’s First Flight to Alaska by Rayanna Hansen3rd place was Sydney’s Show by Sydney Hansen. In the 12- 14 age category Sponsored by TVCC Foundation & Bogus Basin 1st place went to The Nerf Heist by Tiego Newton. 2nd place went to The Movie By Cody Smithies. Liar is Not Wiser took 3rd place by Kaydra Stewart, Hannah, Rebekah, Rayanna, Abigail, Benjamin, Gideon, & Lydia Hansen, ages 3-13. In the 15- 19 category sponsored by Ontario Auto Ranch & Boise Hawks 1st place winner was The need for a Recycling Center in Vale by: Jennifer Zanabriga and second place was Snowboard Battle: Andrew vs. Sam By Sam McLaughlin. The Adults 20+ category sponsored by Idaho Power & Malheur Country Historical Society first place winner was For Jane by Kody Newton. Winning 2nd place was Driving With Mom by Noah Carlson & Sam McLaughlin. Third place was a Door 7 by Kody Newton. All participants received a trophy and a prize bag full of cool prizes donated by the 2019 sponsors listed in the program. Also, the first place winners in each category won a minimum of $50.00 in gift cards & certificates. The “Best of Show”$100 cash prize went to the film that was the judges favorite & most memorable of all entries. This year the youth film Courage took home the highest honors trophy and cash.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely night of new films for kids by kids and with kids in mind. During the awards special attention was given to thank all Drexel Foundation sponsors & donors during the 2019 year. At the film maker’s Reception sponsored by Steven Kinder and Carlson Law Office there was mingling among the filmmakers and comments about the wide participation with films from all over the Western Treasure Valley, Boise, Payette, Kuna as well as Malheur County. Much conversation was about the unique special effects in the crash course film from its participants creating the new movie “InvinciVale”.

There were numerous door prizes won. There was a special thanks to Phill Stucker for his writing, directing, shooting and editing this year’s crash course film. The crash course participants ranged in ages from 6 - 60, and were all involved as actors, sound technicians , lighting, grips, production assistants, cameramen, costume, and technical crew. Director Phill Stucker, Screenwriter Phll Stucker; Assistant Director Sam McLaughlin, Camera #1 Phill Stucker, Camera #2 Kelsey Tolman, Camera #3 Sam McLaughlin. Actors: Lauren Blesoe, Ezekiel Fuson, Willow Fuson,  Jaxen Hansen, Kohen Payne, Hypatia Rounds, Cody Smithies, Connor Yardley, & Ron Smith. Grips: Angela Smith, Sandijean Fuson, Noah Carlson, Caleb Voechting, Mike McLaughlin, Clap Board: Noah Carlson &   Jayden Hansen, Documentary camera: Ezekiel Fuson,  Props costumes & security: Steven Smithies, Griff Hansen, Mike McLaughlin, Sandijean Fuson, Kelsey Tolman  and Angela Smith.  Editor Phill Stucker. Each year a new film is created at the Annual Drexel Foundation Crash Course in Film-making, held FREE each Sept. at the 1914 Historic Rex Theater in Vale Oregon.“The group of participates got to create this super hero style movie incorporating the Vale murals with their input and thoughts in a short 2 hours. It was a very funny video and unique. Every year the crash course film is different, but a few kids have grownup on screen being involved since they were quite young. Special Thanks to The Rex Theater, and Vale Mural Society for creating great public art in Vale, and super thanks to Phill Stucker for his editing skills, directing and music and to Sam McLaughlin for his lighting & green screens knowledge” said Sandijean Fuson, President of Drexel Foundation.

After the awards the final segment of the event was a showing of past movies created at the crash course. It was another highlight of the film festival. The special Presentation showcases where the audience laughed & enjoyed the showing of the past 4 years crash course films Vanishing Vortex, and all three films in the “Thunderchicken” series.   All this years films will soon be found for viewing at under the video tab of “Children’s Film Festival & Film Makers Competition” entries, on the website The next three events the Drexel Foundation will sponsor is the Fall Celebration of the Volunteers, and the Free Halloween movie at the Vale Downtown trick or treat on 10/31/from 3-5, and the annual Open House on Dec. 31st 9-12 at the Grand Opera House and Vale Hotel. “Much thanks goes to Phill Stucker, the volunteers and the businesses and individuals who give their time, money and donations to help make the Free Drexel Art Programs & community events worthwhile.” said Fuson.  If you would like to teach a class, give your time, help with restoration, donate prizes, or find out more about the Drexel Foundation call Kelsey or Sandijean Fuson at (541) 473-3470 or visit


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