FREE SPEECH ZONE | The Quagmire Teens wins Best Youth Short Film at the Shamrock Film Festival


This past week, an amateur film created entirely by teenagers won the award of “Best Youth Short Film” at Rosemount’s Shamrock Film Festival. The creative process started when Sandra K. Horner, an acting coach who works with aspiring performers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, challenged her Advanced Teen Master students to produce the film over the course of a month. Jose Manuel Hernandez, Kenya Evans, Nick Sabin and

Maddie Sabin met to discuss the process of bringing their own original ideas to the big screen in a low budget short film. They chose to go beyond the requirements of the project and decided to put every effort into making this short film.

The teenagers all fondly remember shooting in downtown Minneapolis. Says Jose of their shooting location, “It wasn’t easy to find a location to shoot in. You can encounter some problems finding a place to shoot because most people don’t pay attention to amateur short films being made here in the Twin Cities. But there are some people who are really nice about it and help you make your movie the best possible one.”

“Our filming process was unique – we actually shot the first half of our film in a skyway overlooking the city!” adds Maddie. “We relocated to the streets to wrap up our shooting, and there were many people walking by and looking at us funny. It was an unforgettable experience.”

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With this accomplishment in their pockets at such a young age, the four teens look forward to beginning their next project.


In The Quagmire Teens”, four attractive young teenagers find themselves stranded in the Metropolitan area. Their parents, attending a conference meeting, forget about their precious children and leave without them. The teens find themselves bored and decide to take a walk in downtown Minneapolis without phones, parents, or a place to go. Can these kids put aside their differences and work together to find their way home?

The trailer can be found at,and the full length movie can be found at