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BLUE MOUNTAIN, THE

What to know: Beautiful message and setting.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 13-18
40 minutes
VIDEO
ANDREW GREVE
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The Blue Mountain has a beautiful message and setting. Set in Jamaica, it's all about setting aside your differences, forgetting your conflicts, and making the most of the time you have.

The storyline follows Jack and his son Michael who climb up Blue Mountain hoping to find a view of Cuba. As they hike up the mountain, they instead find their own purpose in life.

It slowly unravels and we only discover Michael's delinquency halfway through the short film. I love the idea of using nature and culture to bond two people together - it's a unique concept which should certainly be done more. With themes of self-discovery and genuine emotion. The camerawork truly drives the action in this film - close-ups in tense moments, panoramas of scenic vistas, and wondrous wide-shots abound. The quality of the camerawork is certainly suitable for exhibition.

The film is set in Jamaica, but it was filmed in upstate New York and one truly would not know the difference. The sets are my favorite part of the film as they provide a beautiful backdrop to the production. The background music grows ominous as Michael and his father are separated but a more jubilant track is used at the beginning of the film. Michael (Gabriel Rush) fulfills the role of an emotionally conflicted teen with finesse, delivering his lines clearly and with conviction. All of the characters are well-developed and undergo a noticeable change from beginning to end, growing closer to one another and growing more emotionally mature. Andrew Greve is the director, writer and producer. He shines the most in his scriptwriting, as the dialogue is evocative and deep. My favorite part is the beautiful location. Also, the greenery and ambient sounds are wonderful.

The message of the film is to live in the moment and seize the day! You should be aware that it does contain severe profanity severe and mentions delinquent behavior.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!

The Blue Mountain has a beautiful message and setting. Set in Jamaica, it's all about setting aside your differences, forgetting your conflicts, and making the most of the time you have.

The storyline follows Jack and his son Michael who climb up Blue Mountain hoping to find a view of Cuba. As they hike up the mountain, they instead find their own purpose in life.

It slowly unravels and we only discover Michael's delinquency halfway through the short film. I love the idea of using nature and culture to bond two people together - it's a unique concept which should certainly be done more. With themes of self-discovery and genuine emotion. The camerawork truly drives the action in this film - close-ups in tense moments, panoramas of scenic vistas, and wondrous wide-shots abound. The quality of the camerawork is certainly suitable for exhibition.

The film is set in Jamaica, but it was filmed in upstate New York and one truly would not know the difference. The sets are my favorite part of the film as they provide a beautiful backdrop to the production. The background music grows ominous as Michael and his father are separated but a more jubilant track is used at the beginning of the film. Michael (Gabriel Rush) fulfills the role of an emotionally conflicted teen with finesse, delivering his lines clearly and with conviction. All of the characters are well-developed and undergo a noticeable change from beginning to end, growing closer to one another and growing more emotionally mature. Andrew Greve is the director, writer and producer. He shines the most in his scriptwriting, as the dialogue is evocative and deep. My favorite part is the beautiful location. Also, the greenery and ambient sounds are wonderful.

The message of the film is to live in the moment and seize the day! You should be aware that it does contain severe profanity severe and mentions delinquent behavior.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!

Jack and his son Michael climb up Blue Mountain in Jamaica, West Indies. Hoping to find Cuba, instead they find something else. Themselves.
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