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Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:47am

Zack Grella '19 Gets Pingree Exhibit

Zack Grella '19 Gets Pingree Exhibit

Junior has excelled in many different areas of video production

Zack Grella '19 can do it all when it comes to video.

Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Editor.

Christ School will celebrate each of these roles and more with an exhibit for the 2017 Weil Art Award winner starting on April 19. Zack will give a talk that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Pingree Gallery, followed by a screening of his documentaries and short films. Still photos from the short films will remain in Pingree for the rest of the academic year.

"I think it's really cool how this school focuses on art," Zack said. "Especially Ms. (Sarah) Baldwin. She's been so helpful to me. Christ School definitely tries to introduce and push students toward their passion."

For Zack, his passion is behind a camera or putting together footage in an editing bay.

The junior from Vero Beach, Fla., plans to show three pieces of work on the opening night of his exhibit – a short film entitled "Fight Me," that has been a joint production with seniors Townshend Budd '18 and Trevor Youtz '18, a documentary about a pastor in Cuba, and an interview with the creator of the video game Ms. Pac-Man. Light refreshments will be served to those who attend.

Zack is an integral part of the Christ School Broadcast Network, year-round, and was also one of the Greenies who went on the European Rail Adventure Spring Break trip from March 2-12. He returned with plenty of material from four different countries – France, Italy, Switzerland, and Vatican City – for a video that was shown in Assembly.

The Weil Art Award comes with a $2,000 stipend and Zack said the funds allowed him to greatly improve his equipment. For instance, he has a camera with increased capabilities, different lens for different needs, microphones to better catch sound, and software.

Zack has a personal website with more information about his work as well as a YouTube channel.