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American High Film Fest Postponed – Eagle News Online

LIVERPOOL — At the end of May, representatives from the American High/Academy of Syracuse Studios appeared before the village planning board to announce plans for a film festival in August.

Although not yet officially approved, the festival – then scheduled for August 19, 20 and 21 – was first announced on February 23 in articles published in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

But at the June 27 planning committee meeting, Syracuse Studios Academy operations director Heath Cottengim announced that the film festival had been postponed until next year.

Instead, the film school in the former Liverpool High School building at 800 Fourth St. will celebrate its fifth anniversary here. Cottengim could not confirm a date for the event, which will take place at the baseball diamond on the north side of the property, but said it would be scheduled for mid-August.

American High plans to have a movie in production here at that time, so the anniversary celebration will likely be attended by the cast and crew.

American High production manager Will Phelps is looking forward to celebrating with the school’s neighbors.

“We would love to get the village excited for our fifth anniversary,” he wrote in an email last week. “It will be a fun outdoor event for the village.”

Cottengim envisions a party scene featuring inflatables, a bouncy house, a dunk tank and four food trucks. An outdoor film projection on the north wall of the school building will close the event.

American High staff members Axelle Azoulay and Ana Olano — who were in charge of the postponed film festival — will also be instrumental in organizing the anniversary event, Phelps said.

Earlier at its June 27 meeting, the planning board — chairman Joe Ostuni Jr. and members Bob Bradt, Sam Reppi, Jim Rosier, and Jim Taft — unanimously approved the license changes. trades school and its site review plan.

Loud truck traffic, overnight parking, and diesel fumes top the neighborhood complaints about movie theater operations here. The changes addressed these and other issues such as landscaping and scheduling film shoots.

American High CEO Jeremy Garelick bought the building in 2017 for $1 million and turned it into a trade school for aspiring filmmakers while also using it as a set for the production of romantic comedies in low-budget geared towards teens such as “Big Time Adolescence”, “Crush” and “The Ultimate Noise Playlist”.

In less than five years, the company has produced 11 films and collaborated with other companies on several more.