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Student filmmakers honored at festival

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 18, 2003 – The inaugural Student Film Festival, sponsored by the Digital Media Studies Society and the Student Activities Council, was a great success, according to Cam Tracy, Union's web development agent and advisor to the DMS Society. Nine student films were awarded seventeen Golden Lobes, trophies that featured a spray-painted brain, in various categories.

"We want to give students a forum to show their films in public, which can be very hard to do," Tracy said. "With the technology out there, students can create movies in their rooms and with the technology offered in the labs, they can do full length features and burn them to DVDs.

"This is one concerted effort we hope to make yearly to allow their work to be celebrated," said Tracy. "We want to light a creative fire."

Award winners include:

Trivial Awards:
Best Romantic Scene: Molly Williams and Amp Toriyama in Command Prompt
Best Use of Violence for Comedy: All the girls who slapped E. Murrell in How to Lose a Girl in 9 Ways
Best Use of Stunt Double: How to Lose a Girl in 9 Ways
Best Action Sequence: The high speed chases in Union:911
Longest Scene in Same Location: The Car Scene in Union:911

Acting awards:
Best Choreography: Fight choreography by Mao Po Tien in Title Pending
Best Voice Over: Tyson Cadenhead in Sad Clown
Best Comedic Performance: Broc Barnes in Union:911
Best Female Performance: Molly Williams in Command Prompt
Best Male Performance: Jeremy Parker in The Screen

Technical Awards:
Best Title Sequence: Trae Cadenhead for Another One Exception
Best Score: Tyson Cadenhead and Ross Kyzar for The Screen
Best Editing: P. Ivan Myers for Command Prompt
Best Cinematography: Trae Cadenhead and Drew Holladay for The Screen
Best Screenplay: Trae Cadenhead, Zach Delph, Eric Murrell, and Micah Moyers for How To Lose A Girl in 9 Ways

The Student's Choice Award: Union:911 by Broc Barnes and Micah Moyers

The Jury's Award: The Screen by Trae Cadenhead

All winners received a Golden Lobe trophy. The Student's Choice Award winner received a $50 gift certificate from BestBuy, and The Jury's Choice Award winner received a Macintosh G4 computer donated by Computing Services.

Tracy said he plans on having another film festival next year.

"We had a great time putting the show on," said Tracy. "I know that yearly this is going to be a big thing. We're really trying to raise awareness of what our students are doing."

By Alaina Kraus

Related Resource(s): Film Festival Website
Media contact: Todd Starnes, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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