Every Halloween, a select group of seventh and eighth graders at Decker Middle School in Austin, Texas, transform a typical middle school hallway—and some classrooms—into a legit, frightening experience for students.
Josh Duty—or Mr. Duty as he’s called on Decker’s campus—has run the haunted house for about five years now. He also coordinates an elective program called AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). Through AVID, students are put on the college track. The haunted house is a fundraiser for AVID, and each year, it gets crazier and crazier; so much so that Fright Night is a legendary part of Decker Middle School’s culture.◥
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Patrick Bresnan (aka Otis Ike) is a photographer, installation artist, and filmmaker. From 2003-2007, he worked as a project manager for Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist) in the creation of new exhibitions for the US and internationally. His personal photography and installation work have been displayed nationally in galleries and museums, including recently at the University of Texas Visual Art Center and Fotofest’s Talent in Texas curated by Toby Kamps of the Menil Collection. As a filmmaker, he produced Mike Palmieri & Donal Mosher’s short film ROUGAROUING (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest). He was researcher and cinematographer for the feature documentary KILLING TIME (IDFA, True/False). Since 2010, he has directed three feature length documentaries. VIETNAM APPRECIATION DAY, the first of the trio, is slated for festival release in early 2015.