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Gilman Hosts Area Student Film Festival: Submissions Impress


Gilman film festivalTwo weekends ago, students and parents from around the region gathered in Gilman School’s Alumni Auditorium for its Third Annual Daniel A. Citron Film Festival.The first and second festivals were envisioned and organized by Citron, a former Gilman student and filmmaker who now attends Harvard.  This year, the torch was passed to Festival Director John Chirikjian, a Gilman senior, who remarked that he was extremely impressed by the overall quality of the submissions, which were solicited from high school students around the city. Chirikjian lauded the efforts of students from other schools, not just Gilman, explaining that “it’s been a very Gilman-centric event in the past, but the wide variety of films that we received from such a wide range of schools helped bring a new perspective to the festival.”

Student-run with faculty advisors/judges, the festival received 44 submissions from K-12 students at area schools, including Bryn Mawr, Carver Vocational-Technical High, Friends, Gilman, Loyola, and Park.  The event screened more than 30 films over three hours to an audience of nearly 350.  Prizes ranged from an iPad Mini to $50 cash for categories such as Best Film (Grand Jury Prize) and Best Original Screenplay. (See clips of some of the prize-winning films below.)

A Hire From Within: Gilman Names Henry Smyth the School’s Next Headmaster


Gilman School Board of Trustees Chairman Paul McBride, announced last night the appointment of assistant headmaster Henry Smyth as the school’s 14th headmaster effective July 13, 2013.

The Great Head Hunt: Calvert, Gilman, St. Paul’s Schools Seek New Leaders



It would be hard to think of a job that requires a broader skill set then that of private school headmaster. The wisdom of Abe Lincoln, the vision of Steve Jobs, the diplomatic skills of Hillary Clinton and the moral fiber of Nelson Mandela would be nice for starters. On top of that, a deep love of children and the ability to gracefully strong-arm parents and alumni to ever- increasing heights of giving. Advanced IT capabilities a must.

This year, for reasons most likely due to perceptions of a recovering economy, four of Baltimore’s leading private schools are seeking to replace their current headmasters. St.Paul’s and Gilman heads Tom Reid and John Schmick respectively, are retiring. Calvert head Andy Martire is moving on to the Kincaid School in Houston, Texas. St. Paul’s School for Girls former head Monica Gillespie announced her departure in June of 2011 and Lila Lohr has completed her year as interim head. Into the breach will step four educational leaders who may or may not be familiar with their new schools, or with the greater Baltimore community. What will they be like? Inquiring minds want to know.

How to Succeed at Gilman: Behind the Scenes of the Spring Musical


Last night, the “Mad-Men”-era musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opened at Gilman. John Rowell, an English instructor at the school — and the author of the story collection The Music of Your Life – directs. I talked to John about the ups and downs of producing an elaborate musical starring teenage kids. And had the gall to ask him to write a candid quickie review of the show himself. (He publishes theater criticism as well.)

Why did you opt to stage How to Succeed… this spring?

We were inspired to do the show this year after the tremendous success of the show in revival on Broadway last year with Daniel Radcliffe (now with Nick Jonas.) How to Succeed… is a brilliant piece of musical theater; a satire of corporate life and personal ambition, and what it takes to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder to get what you want, no matter what. It’s a cynical story told with charm, good humor and high spirits, and a brilliant, witty score by Frank Loesser. We have a 16-piece professional orchestra, over 100 costumes and sets that constantly move, whirl and change — including a revolving 18-foot elevator!

Tuition and Tutoring: Is It Worth It?


New York City private school Riverdale is taking it on the chin after a New York Times article revealed that, in addition to the $40,000 per year in tuition, students