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SIFF donates $25,000 to Media Arts program

SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely presented Peter Hansen with a check for $25,000 at the conclusion of the high school’s annual holiday broadcast in the media arts studio. Pictured left are Jennifer Grey from SIFF, Mary Catherine Cutcliffe from SIFF, junior Kirsten Storment, junior Liam Moody, senior Kyra Hinton, junior Ciara Smith, Ginny Krieger from SIFF, McNeely, senior Cristian Carpenter, Hansen and senior Aaron Dabney.

SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely presented Peter Hansen with a check for $25,000 at the conclusion of the high school’s annual holiday broadcast in the media arts studio. Pictured left are Jennifer Grey from SIFF, Mary Catherine Cutcliffe from SIFF, junior Kirsten Storment, junior Liam Moody, senior Kyra Hinton, junior Ciara Smith, Ginny Krieger from SIFF, McNeely, senior Cristian Carpenter, Hansen and senior Aaron Dabney.

Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune Education Editor

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The Sonoma Valley International Film Festival’s recent 007 Masquerade Party at Buena Vista Winery helped to generate enough funds for SIFF to donate $25,000 to Peter Hansen’s media arts program at Sonoma Valley High School.

More than a thousand students at the high school have benefited from Hansen’s program over the past 12 years. This check boosts SIFF direct donations to the high school over the past decade to almost $450,000. Thanks to contributions from the community, and SIFF in particular, the large, six-room media arts department features professional-quality audio and video equipment, a broadcast studio, control room and high-tech editing stations with specialty computers and software.

You can see the class’ holiday broadcast and work of the film students at  svhsvideo.com/.