Samantha Filer, a 17-year-old homeschooled home school student from Jemez Springs, received the Best of Festival Award in the statewide Desert Light Film Festival. She was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday, Aug. 6
Filer produced, edited and directed “The Sword of Arundel,” a 56 minute drama with a Lord of the Rings feel. The Rotary Club saw a seven minute version Tuesday, which was the version that received the prize at the Festival.
Filer composed the original piano, Irish whistle, violin score, which took first place in the NM MTNA state composition competition in 2011, and which her younger brother, Nathan, 14, orchestrated into a soundtrack for the movie. Their sister, Bethany, 12, played the Irish whistle melodies, and Samantha and Bethany did the vocals for the soundtrack.
The full 56 minute version of “The Sword of Arundel” has shown twice in Los Alamos at the First United Methodist Church earlier this year. Filer hopes to coordinate with the local theater to show it in Los Alamos again soon.
Filer plans to study filmmaking in college after completing her senior year as a homeschooler.