Prizewinning Student Film Shows Sunday

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Staff Report

Samantha Filer, a 17-year-old homeschooled student from Jemez Springs, received the Best of Festival Award in the statewide Desert Light Film Festival. Filer produced, edited and directed “The Sword of Arundel,” a 56-minute drama with a Lord of the Rings feel.

The film will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Reel Deal Theater at 2551 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

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. 

Filer plans to study filmmaking in college after completing her senior year as a homeschooler.

See a video trailer of “The Sword of Arundel” at

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