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The Phantoscope High School Film Festival

Are you making films in class? In your basement? On the street? By yourself?  With your friends? Have you ever had to beg your friends and family be in one of your films? We're talking to you!

Phantoscope is especially for budding filmmakers who are high school students. Phantoscope shows a juried program of short films created by Mid-Western teens annually and features a panel discussion with area industry professionals, along with cash and other prizes.  There is a $1000 cash prize awarded to the contest's best film. 

2014 Phantoscope Finalists

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order, winners will be announced Friday, May 2 after the festival screening.

Jeffery Kai Doran; New Albany High School, Westerville, OH – STEM EX: 2013 South Africa.  Running time - 14:47

Jeffery Kai Doran: New Albany High School, Westerville, OH – Well I Guess I’m Not Jesus  Running time - 5:31

Gus Leagre ; Carmel High School, Indianapolis, IN– Away.  Running time - 4:57

Haixu Liu; Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie, NY – Golden Hill Midnight.  Running time - 14:52

John Loberger; Brebuf Jesuit, Indianapolis, IN – Different Worlds.  Running time - 7:53

Angie Moreno; J. Everett Light Career Center, Indianapolis, IN – The Big Sucker. Running time -  4:07

Michael Muldowney; Carmel High School, Carmel, IN – Dancing on Dynamite.   Running time - 8:21

Drew Phillips; J. Everett Light Career Center, Indianapolis, IN – The Boys in Black. Running time - 7:35

Adlee Twiehaus; J. Everett Light Career Center, Indianapolis, IN – Duality.  Running time - 4:41

Kate Young; Home School, Union City, OH – Anthem.  Running time - 3:04

Alexander Zemanitis; Capital Area School for the Arts, New Cumberland, PA – Blurred Paths.  Running time - 7:05


2014 Festival Information:

FESTIVAL DATE:  Friday, May 2, 2014

Featured Speaker at 5:30 p.m.

Film Screening at 7:00 p.m.


            650 W. Washington St.

            Indianapolis, Indiana  46204

Admission is $5 for non-members.
Admission is $3 for RAM and ISM members.
Admission is $3 for students. 
For tickets please call 317.232.1637 or visit

Speaker Announced for Phantoscope!

Mick Garris to speak at Phantoscope 2014

Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris began writing fiction at the age of twelve.  By the time he was in high school, he was writing music and film journalism for various local and national publications, and during college, edited and published his own pop culture magazine.  He spent seven years as lead vocalist with the acclaimed tongue-in-cheek progressive art-rock band, HORSEFEATHERS. 

His first movie business job was as a receptionist for George Lucas’s Star Wars Corporation, where he worked his way up to running the remote-controlled R2-D2 robot at personal appearances, including that year’s Academy Awards ceremony.  Garris hosted and produced “The Fantasy Film Festival” for nearly three years on Los Angeles television, and later began work in film publicity at Avco Embassy and Universal Pictures.  It was there that he created “Making of…” documentaries for various feature films.

Steven Spielberg hired Garris as story editor on the AMAZING STORIES series for NBC, where he wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 44 episodes.  Since then, he has written or co-authored several feature films (*BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, THE FLY II, HOCUS POCUS, CRITTERS 2, RIDING THE BULLET) and teleplays (AMAZING STORIES, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, THE OTHERS, DESPERATION, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, MASTERS OF HORROR), as well as directing and producing in many media: cable (PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, MASTERS OF HORROR), features (CRITTERS 2, SLEEPWALKERS, RIDING THE BULLET), television films (QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, DESPERATION), series pilots (THE OTHERS, LOST IN OZ), and network miniseries (THE STAND, THE SHINING, STEVE MARTINI’S THE JUDGE). 

He created and Executive Produced the MASTERS OF HORROR series, an anthology series of one-hour horror films written and directed by the most famous names in the fear-film genre: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, John Landis, Dario Argento, and several others.  He also created the NBC spin-off, FEAR ITSELF.

He served as director and executive producer on a 4-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, BAG OF BONES, for A&E.  He has recently directed episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and RAVENSWOOD for ABC Family, and is currently developing various films and television series.

A LIFE IN THE CINEMA, his first book, is a collection of short stories and a screenplay based on one of the included stories, achieved widespread critical acclaim, and his short fiction has been published in numerous books and magazines.  His second book, DEVELOPMENT HELL, is his first novel.  His screenplay for STEPHEN KING’S RIDING THE BULLET was published with King’s story by Open Roads Press.  Two novellas, SNOW SHADOWS and TYLER’S FIRST ACT were published in 2012, and his latest, UGLY, will be published in 2014, as well as his second full-length novel, the Hollywood desert noir murder mystery, SALOME.

Mick is also Creator and on-camera host for FEARnet’s interview series, POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS.  He is currently in postproduction as Executive Producer on UNBROKEN, a feature film based on the bestselling publishing phenomenon by Laura Hillenbrand, for Universal Pictures, directed by Angelina Jolie.

Garris lives in Studio City, California, with his wife, Cynthia, an actress, musician, composer and muse.


Thanks to 2014 Festival Sponsors:





New $1000 sponsor for Phantoscope:  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

RAM is pleased to announce a new sponsor for Phantoscope, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film!  Watkins College will be offering scholarships to finalists, award winners and the overall winner of Phantoscope! We welcome Watkins College into the Phantoscope family and greatly appreciate the support of them and all of our sponsors for this unique event!  Click below to see their website and browse what they have to offer!

Phantoscope T-Shirts available! (XL, L, M)

Call 765-966-0256 to order!


View Past Award Winners


Resource List:

Film Indiana

Film Indiana Production Sourcebook


2010 Phantoscope High School Film Festival Photos and Info

2009 Phantoscope High School Film Festival Photos and Info



FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  Lance M. Crow, Education Director, (765) 966-0256