Pinkerton students' film wins big at NH High School contest
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | June 05. 2014 10:30PM
Pinkerton Academy students, from left, Nick Auger, Colin Coviello and Noah Levin shared in the success of the film “Fragaria,” which captured Best in Show last month at the New Hampshire High School Film Festival in Concord. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Starring Pinkerton senior Colin Coviello, the film “Fragaria” captured Best in Show last month at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival in Concord. Coviello also served as the film’s composer.
Levin said they went through a number of ideas to try to come up with the story for the film. Finally, after using a random word generator, the words “strawberry” and “interview” appeared.
Coviello plays the lead role of “Greg,” who develops an intense appreciation for strawberries while working on a farm. His job entails keeping a produce display clean for the public. But he eventually leaves the position when the owners of the farm decide to sell only corn.
He then proceeds to go on a series of job interviews to try and land a position that will allow him to continue on with his life’s work. But his efforts meet with failure as one boss suffers a nosebleed after eating one of his strawberries and another becomes violently ill.
Levin has been making films with Auger since the two were in middle school. When they began, they worked on basic film techniques; they later honed their skills and expanded to concentrate more on narrative films.