Ross Teacher’s Film to Premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival Ross School alum and Media Studies Teacher Dan Roe’s short film, Weenie, will premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) on October 11 and 12. The film, about a 16-year-old who is grounded but sneaks out to join a party, stars Ross alumna Claire Lucido ‘08.

Dan says he began working on the short two years ago. He wrote the part for Lucido, who then improvised and added to the script over the past months. The majority of the movie was filmed on the East End of Long Island.

Dan, who also oversees video production for Ross School and Ross Institute, says that before you can become a distinguished filmmaker, you have to first jump in and produce your own work. “It’s the only way to learn,” he explains. “There will be bumps and unexpected things that pop up, but that’s part of the process.”

HIFF is a prestigious event to which hundreds of filmmakers submit their work for consideration. Being accepted is an honor awarded only to a select few, and Dan says it is certainly a vote of confidence in the quality of his work from the industry: “It provides a great ‘calling card’ and hopefully opens doors to future discussions with experts in the business.”

Weenie will be screening on October 11 at 7:15pm at Regal East Hampton Cinema and on October 12 at 5:30pm at Southampton Regal Bay Cinema. Tickets were still available to the second event at the time of this post.