2020 Film Festival

Drexel Foundation 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival Virtual Platform received18 Entries from all over the U.S. 

Drexel Foundation’s 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival virtual submission was open to everyone from anywhere. They received a great selection of diverse films “For Kids, By Kids and with Kids in Mind”. With submissions from Idaho, throughout the Treasure Valley, and even an entry from as far away as New York, 18 films were sent in to vie for the $100 cash prize and Best of Show Honors. 

The winners for each of the 4 age categories were announced on Sept. 19th on all Drexel Foundation’s social media platforms with first-place winners in each age category receiving $50+ in gift certificates, and Best of Show $100 cash. All that entered a film received prizes.  This year the crash course was virtual too with fun how-to instructional videos in four parts for easy viewing. All films can be viewed under the video tab 2020 entries. You can also find the crash course instructional videos there under the video tab, crash course films. 

Winning first place for the Youth 4-11 was Ruby Shaffer with a photo slideshow “Through Ruby’s Eyes, Winning first place for the Middle school 12-14 division was Hoss Johnson with “A Day in In The Life Of My Dad”. In the Young Adult category, first place went to the Stull girls ranging from 5-16, Remi, Holland, Dutchlin, and Caslin Stull, with the film “Accelerated”.  It even had original music by Holland & Remi Stull. Winning Second place was Japheth Carlson with “Designing My BYU Experience”, third place went to “Spooktember” by Elisa Gaston, and fourth to “Car” by Catherine Booth. The Adult 20+ division winner was “No Daddy Daughter Dance” by Kody Newton. Sweeping this category he also received second place for “Bankston & Biggs”, and third for “Right Time”. Fourth place went to “Ukiee” by Sam McLaughlin, Ezekiel & Willow Fuson. The other entries in this category, in no particular order, were: “Toy” by Jordon Gore, “What Does Easter Mean to You?”  By Mark Washington & The Children of Royal COGIC,  “Changing a Tire With Fire” by Cynthia Mayhall Christy, “Time Lapse BYU-I” by Noah Carlson, “The Boy I Left Behind” by Kody Newton, “Ode to Our Treasure Valley” by Jordon Lewis Lee (Dobney) & Nik Washboard Walker, “2020 Vale  Rodeo-Compared to Years Past” by Nick Voechting, and “Mothers Day Brunch At Wallow Union Railroad” by Cynthia Mayhall Christy. Winning Top Honors as the Best of Show and $100 CASH was “Accelerated” by the Stull Family. 

The Drexel Foundation was originally created to help preserve the Historic 1908 Vale Hotel and 1895 Grand Opera House. At its inception, the goal was to create an art center in a portion of the Grand Opera House and later in the Vale Hotel, thus, providing a space for the community to enjoy cultural events and art education.  In 1995, the first Art Camp & Talent Show was held. Over the years the foundation has added several annual art programs, humanities, and cultural events. In 2005 this Annual Film Festival “For Kids By Kids and With Kids In Mind began.” Later in 2006, the Annual Film Crash Course workshop with professional film & screenwriters started. 


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Ruby Shaffer 1st Youth Winner

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Hoss Johnson 1st Middle School

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The Stull Family 1st in Young Adult & Best of Show

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Kody Newton with his trophies for winning 1st-3rd in the Adult Category



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2020 Crash Course

Nothing can replace us all together making a movie in 3 hours, but the next best thing is sharing the talent of our professional filmmakers Kody Newton of Newton to Newton Productions and Phill Stucker. Together they helped make The Drexel Foundation's Crash Course Apart in 2020! They have created 4 short and fun instructional videos to prepare you to make your own film at home. Make sure to watch these videos, make your movie, and submit your movie to us by this Saturday, September 12!


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(1/4) Lets Make a Movie?: Drexel Foundation Crash Course 2020

(1/4) Lets Make a Movie?: Drexel Foundation Crash Course 2020
(1/4) Lets Make a Movie?: Drexel Foundation Crash Course 2020


More videos can be found under the Crash Course events tab. 

Crash Course 2020

2020 crash course

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to hold our in-person Crash Course in Filmmaking this year. Since 2006 we've had a professional filmmaker come in and teach a course on how to create a film. Then we put that into action and create a film of our own in 3 hours. After much brainstorming, we came up with the perfect solution to "replace" this years 2020 event. We are so sad that we cannot all be together for this awesome event. But everyone's health and safety is our number one priority. Our professional filmmakers Kody Newton, of Newton to Newton Productions, and Phill Stucker are working super hard on creating crash course instructional "how-to" videos to share with everyone. We will be posting these so you can look at them to help you enter a film in this year's competition. These short videos will focus on Pre-production/equipment & story, production/camera shots & lighting, and post-production/editing. Stay tuned to our page to find out when these videos will be available.


2020 Talent Show Winners

And the Winners Are? Drexel Foundations 24th Annual Talent Show and Art Camp a Success  

Over 190 families and youth participated in the Arts and picked up FREE “Drexel Art Camp Kits” with 15-16 different activities in them. Nearly 70 in Nyssa, 20 in Ontario, and 101 in Vale over the course of a week. Each sack contained art supplies and directions. Virtual step by step lessons were also available for the different activities. “Thanks to our cultural partners, NEH & Oregon Humanities, The Oregon Community Foundation Oregon Arts & Culture Recovery Program coalition of grant givers, Building Healthy Families, and the Miller Foundation we were able to continue with the 24th year of August Art Camp and Talent show.” Said Sandijean Fuson, president of the Drexel Foundation. From a virtual Talent Show submission and following social distancing guidelines with Art camp workshops on the website, technology played a big role in this year's end of summer events. “ I am so glad we followed “the show must go on attitude” so this 24-year tradition was not lost this year. We work all year to gather reusable items, art supplies, and prizes for these big events. Perseverance by our organization's staff and those talented artists paid off.” explained Fuson. $100 in cash to the first place in each age group, trophies, gift certificates, and a big sack of prizes were awarded to all those who entered the Talent show. To watch this year's show winners, and see the list of sponsors who made it all possible go to the events tab and click on the talent show. 

         The youth 4-11 category winner receiving $100.00 cash and a 1st place trophy was Isabella Morgan with a skit & song about “quarantine”, 2nd place was Hypatia Rounds with her original song, and 3rd place was Elainna Graven with her original dance. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Luzetta’s Flowers (a sponsor since the first show 24 years ago). In the 12-14 category winning first place was Jae Rojas playing an accordion. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Opera Idaho. In the 15-19 category the 1st place winner was Japheth Carlson. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Butler & Looney PC (a sponsor since the first show 24 years ago).  In the Adult category Courtney King won first place singing and playing a ukulele . The 2nd place trophy went to Jazzlyn Hahn, third to Dusty Rose, and fourth to SanTanna Bayes. The Drexel Foundation’s motto is “of your own personal strength you can accomplish anything” has helped many follow their dreams. “Participation in Art should be free, by breaking down financial barriers, promoting diversity, anyone from anywhere can participate. I missed seeing the grandparents  & parents discovering the talent of their kids and kids beaming with pride at the parents for having courage to get on stage, this event always brings our community closer, as artistic talent is everywhere!” said Fuson.  

With one more event before the end of the Summer Art Season the Foundation is gearing up for the Annual Children’s Film festival. With a virtual submission, Drexel staff has to work hard to compile the entries for the judges but then it will be shared, right here on our webiste. “We hope that and when theaters can open up again, we can have an encore performance at the REX theater and viewing of the Films. As Thunderchicken a character from Drexel Foundation’s past crash course film once said “If it is August and Sept in Vale Oregon there is something magically creative going on.”  This year is no exception. 


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