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ConVal student’s documentary wins award at statewide contest

  • A still image from ConVal senior Carly Storro’s documentary “The Life of Stephen Dominko,” about Storro and her piano teacher. The film was selected as a Jury Award Finalist at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival last weekend. COURTESY IMAGE



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:36AM

Carly Storro was five years into her piano lessons when her teacher made a admission: as a child, he’d been the youngest person ever to perform at Carnegie Hall.

“He’s so humble about it and it’s not a big deal to him,” Storro said. “He lives in this small town, away from everyone, and he has this amazing successful career.”

Her teacher, Stephen Dominko of Washington, performed on the Lawrence Welk Show and as part of Leonard Bernstein’s Young Persons’ concerts, among many other achievements.

“His experiences, talent, and what he has accomplished so far in his lifetime amaze me,” Storro said.

The ConVal senior was so impressed by Dominko’s story that she decided to make a documentary film about his life. Storro had made several short films already, but it was her first foray into documentary, and it was an auspicious start. “The Life of Stephen Dominko” was selected as a Jury Award Finalist at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival last weekend.

“I was incredibly surprised and excited that my film did so well,” Storro said.

It’s another entry into the portfolio of the promising young woman who hopes to attend film school in Austria next year.

“It’s just another opportunity that I’ve gotten through ConVal, which has been really great,” Storro said.

And, she said, she’s not done telling Dominko’s story just yet.

“I’m working on a longer documentary, because I had to fit the time frame [of the contest],” Storro said. “There’s so much more of his story I hope to get across.”

Arts Editor Ben Conant can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 226, or bconant@ledgertranscript.com.