This is not the first time that Crist has been recognized for his talents in filmmaking. In November, he won a merit award from the National Young Arts Foundation in Cinematic Arts. This award places him in the top 5% of applicants this year according to the foundation. His submission to the nationally recognized foundation included three of his recent short films: Wait for Me, City Series: New York, and In Motion.

The Laguna Blanca tenth grader continues to expand his portfolio, recently completing another city profile on San Francisco over his winter break. Each of his short films focuses on capturing the beauty and complexity of the varied scenery he examines. His film Ella, which was awarded finalist honors in the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Student Filmmaking Competition, encapsulates the serenity of the Santa Barbara coastline, as the images of a young girl dancing along the beachfront are artistically interwoven with the classic Jazz standard, “It had to be you.” Laguna Blanca School eagerly anticipates Miles’ continued development as a cinematic artist, with the support of the staff and his fellow classmates.

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