HEADY TIMES AT CANNES: Woburn's Matt Catanzano is making his debut at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival as one of only two business majors to be accepted into the American Pavilion/Kodak Student Filmmaker Program. Catanzano, an aspiring filmmaker, decided to chart a different course to Hollywood by earning a business degree from Bentley College. He is a junior studying filmmaking, acting, directing, video production, sound, screenwriting, and the business elements of the job from marketing and public relations to advertising. He is one of 144 students selected out of 600 applicants to head to the celebrity-filled film festival in France starting May 13. TV FAME: Hollis, N.H.'s Martha Dufresne had a crack at $1 million if she answered the question, ''What are dermastids?" on the ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" television show that aired April 13. She called upon her lawyer, doctor, university professor, and high school teacher siblings and in-laws to help solve the question by phone on the show, ''but unfortunately, none could help me with the question." (Answer: spiders) She ended up winning $25,000 anyway. ''It was a great experience," she said. ''I had a blast."
JUST DUCKY: Andover High student Debbie Cheng made a pastel drawing of a hen Mallard duck and last month took home the Massachusetts' Best of Show in the US Fish and Wildlife's Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Now, her work goes into the national contest in Ocean City, Md. Cheng has been competing in this contest since 2001. ''It's gratifying to see artwork like Debbie's improve through the years," said Pam Landry, of Mass Wildlife and coordinator of the state program. The goal of the duck stamp program is to teach young people about the value of wetlands and waterfowl conservation through art.
ART UNCORKED: Lowell's Revolving Museum is hosting its first annual fund-raising event on May 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring local artists and connoisseurs. George Miamis of The Liquor Shop in Lowell has selected wines for a tasting, and Lowell-based restaurants are providing food. Glass harmonica player Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg and classical guitarist Richard Strasser will perform in the gallery, and poets will spontaneously perform their works that night. More than 30 artists will showcase and auction their pieces, all of which include wine corks for the ''Uncork Your Creativity" event. Visit www.revolvingmuseum.org for more details.
LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Concord's Christopher Ting was selected out of hundreds of nominations from around the world to participate in Bentley College's Tomorrow25 international leadership forum next Tuesday. The event is in cooperation with Time magazine, and Ting will be one of 25 leaders in a national advertisement for Bentley's program, which brings in leaders in business and other fields to talk to students. Ting, a Concord-Carlisle Regional High School junior, recently organized a service project to clear invasive plants at the Minute Man National Historic Park. He is an intern at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, plays saxophone in the jazz and concert bands, teaches archery and skiing, and is a member of the school's moot court team. He is an Eagle Scout and has taught English and American culture in Taiwan. ''Christopher also has a passion for the real world of people and organizations and a commitment to making positive things happen in his community," said Jeff Wright, chairman of Bentley's Tomorrow25 committee.
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