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From left, lead characters Laura Wicik and Colin Coviello from a scene in the Pinkerton Academy student film “Inhale.” Also shown is fellow Pinkerton student Devin Cox. 

Pinkerton students' film up for awards in NH film fest

DERRY — A group of Pinkerton Academy film students sacrificed some of their summer vacation this year for the sake of art.

The students’ work paid off. The short film the students made last month, “Inhale,” has been nominated for awards in the New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. today at Cinemagic Cinemas in Hooksett.

After classes had ended for the year, the students returned to campus to begin making the film, said teacher Chris Lord, who joined them.

“It was cool; we had the whole campus to ourselves,” Lord said.

Lord and student Noah Levin are co-producers.

“Inhale” is nominated in the Best Student Film and Best Musical Score categories. In addition, Pinkerton student Erin Doble, who is co-director, has been nominated for an award as a female filmmaker. The category is new this year, Lord said.

Student Mike Long is the other co-director.

This marks the third year Pinkerton was nominated to the best category. The film project is an international contest where participants are assigned a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. They then draw a genre from a hat and have just 48 hours to script, shoot, edit, write a musical score and turn in a short film.

The international winners screen at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals.

For their film, the students were assigned the character of a runner and were given a medal to serve as the prop, Lord said.

They chose to have two runners play the leads in the film, he said.

The story centers on the male lead character, played by Colin Coviello, and the female, played by Laura Wicik. Coviello also played and recorded all the music for the film, Lord said.

During the film, the two lead runners are together until Coviello’s character injures himself during a race. He falls into a depression, and Wicik’s character leaves him for another runner, played by Devin Cox. But it is only a temporary parting as there’s more to the story.To view “Inhale,” go to:

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