A documentary short film produced by Beverly’s Allie Clancy is up for the top prize on NESN’s “Next Producer.”
“It’s unreal,” said Clancy, whose film was recently selected as one of 12 finalists that will appear on the series. “It doesn’t even feel real.”
“Next Producer” invites individual students or teams of students from New England colleges to enter sports-related short films to be judged by television producers Tom Werner and Brad Falchuk. The grand prize winner receives $20,000 and a year-long internship at NESN. A $1,000 cash prize will also be awarded to the filmmaker voted “fan favorite,” as determined by popular vote on the competition’s website.
Clancy’s film, “Doug Santos — Opportunity,” features an undocumented high school football star from Peabody whose academic and athletic future is uncertain after his parents return to Brazil and he struggles to navigate life on his own.
“I decided on this film because it’s really timely with events that are happening across the country,” she said. “All the good things that you want in a film, Doug’s story had.”
As a cheerleader in high school, Clancy said she had heard Santos’ name often during football games, as Beverly and Peabody were in the same district. She had also learned about his difficulties in getting a scholarship when a local news outlet ran a story about the Peabody athlete.
“My favorite part was getting to talk to Doug and his coach,” Clancy said, of making the film. “They were both so humble … It was amazing to be able to give them a platform to tell their story.”
The third season of “Next Producer” begins airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, highlighting two films in each episode. Clancy’s episode will be featured on the NESN series on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Clancy admits she is nervous to see herself on television, though she’s excited about the opportunity she has been given.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” she said. “I mean, I’m only 19 years old.”
Currently a sophomore at Lasell College in Newton, Clancy said she has been interested in filmmaking ever since she took her first media class as a sophomore in high school.
“I love making videos,” she said, explaining she had won awards for some public service announcements she produced while attending Beverly High.
When she was notified that a representative from NESN was coming to the Lasell campus to talk about the "Next Producer" competition, Clancy immediately expressed interest in participating.
The film about Santos took Clancy a few months to complete, from planning to shooting and editing.
“It was enjoyable, even though it was a lot of work,” she said.
The winner of “Next Producer” will be announced live during a Red Sox home game in April.
“It’s incredibly nerve-wracking,” Clancy said about waiting so long to find out if she wins or not. “Either way, if this video can get me to the next step, that will be incredible.”
If she comes out victorious, Clancy said she’s not exactly sure how she would spend her winnings.
“I would definitely give a good amount to Doug and his family,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for them.”
Regardless of whether or not she takes home the grand prize on “Next Producer,” Clancy said she still plans to pursue a career in film production.
“I want to move to Hollywood or Burbank to see what possibilities there are," she said. "My thing has always been to go big or go home, and that’s what I plan to do.”
To view and vote for Clancy’s film, visit https://nesnnext.nesn.com/2018/02/01/doug-santos/.