The Bright Futures Film Club takes home the "Millie Award" for best Short Film School-Age category at the Millers Creek Film Fest on March 19. Photo: M. Akemann.

Walking Brutus, a charming silent film captured the hearts of judges and audience alike at the Fifth Annual Millers Creek Film Festival this past Friday winning the Short Film School-Age category.  The film about “a little bit of poop” was produced by the Bright Futures Film Club at Wayne Memorial High School, a team consisting of filmmakers Jessica Denny, Hope Kaminiski, Margaret Van Dyke, Korie-Lynn Whitlark, and Michael Wright.  Bright Futures is an after-school program funded by an Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and  facilitated by Marty Stano, a 2009 Millers Creek Film Festival winner for his work Runoff Lemonade.

Other winners included Our Environment:  Through the Eyes of a Child, by Ron Merritt of the Woods Creek Friends, winner of the  Short Film-Adult Filmmakers category; and Huron River, by Blair Neighbors, winner of the 30-second Public Service Announcement category.

CLICK HERE to see ALL the winning films at our Millers Creek Film Festival page and details about the event or go to the Festival’s YouTube Channel at to see winners from 2008-2010.