The haunting whisper, "all sins are addictive” in addition to the ensuing narrative, “I need more. I need more,” sets the tone.
Thus begins Briarcliff (Pleasantville, N.Y.) senior lacrosse captain Ben Adler's powerful short film, "Addiction," which earned him the overall prize in the creative category of the Greenwich Youth Film Festival.
The film is cryptic, graphic and bold in addressing its subject -- drug addiction.
"Addictions kills. That's definitely the message,” said the 17-year old Adler. “That and don't make assumptions because you don't know what the case is."
Adler narrates the video and cast his friends Mike Fisher, Justin Moritz and Mike Linde in the roles.
So was Oscar-winning movie director, Ron Howard.
"A terse, tense tail with a surprising twist at the end that actually made me get up. Not an easy feat. I have seen many twists in my 50 years in the business," Howard was quoted as saying in the Pleasantville Patch. "'Addiction' was beautifully shot, scripted and acted with an innovative and simple premise -- a premise that held to the end. Kudos."
Among the top scorers for Briarcliff, Adler is also a top student in the classroom, according to assistant coach Paul Bordonaro.
"In the classroom, he's a very smart kid, and I'll give him all of the credit in the world," said Bordanaro. "In terms of his work ethic as a player, Ben is one of those kids who gives you 100 percent every time that he steps onto the field, and that's what we love about him. He brings it. You get that in every single practice and in every single game."
Adler will attend the University of Texas next year. He won a cash prize of $2,000 as well as a trip to New Mexico where he will spend part of his summer working with film producer Clayton Pecorin.
600 And Counting
Kathy Jenkins, the girls’ lacrosse coach at St. Stephens and St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) since 1976, earned her 600 career victory with a 15-2 win over Holy Child (Potomac, Md.) on May 3.
Jenkins, who has been the coach since the inception of the sport at the school, only ranks behind Angela Tammaro who was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996 and has won 668 games at Greenwich Academy (Greenwich, Conn.) over the course of 47 seasons. Jenkins' teams have gone undefeated eight times.
After the game, Head of School Joan Holden presented Jenkins with flowers as players, parents and other members of the school's community celebrated with her.
"600 is a lot of wins in a career, but I don't really think of it that way," Jenkins stated on the school's website. "I just think of it as I'm excited for the girls to be a part of this and to be playing."
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