Students showed off their filmmaking talents at the Student Film Festival, which took place April 27 in Ice Auditorium.
The festival consisted of eight short films, created and judged by students. Audience members picked up judging cards as they arrived and rated each film on its originality, cinematography, editing and overall quality.
The films varied in subject matter from life at Linfield and lighthearted comedy to cultural heritage. Senior Keith Mader’s “The Life of a Wildcat” catalogued homework and athletic routines of Linfield students, while senior Ebonee Atkins’ “The Cotton Series” juxtaposed a series of cotton commercials with clips of slavery and African-American culture.
Senior Emily Jenkins, the on-campus programming chair for the Linfield Activities Board, said that theme was not part of the requirements for film submissions.
“It had to be a three to 10-minute video uploaded to YouTube, and the link had to be emailed to me one week before the event,” Jenkins said in an email. “Only Linfield students could submit a film, although non-Linfield students could have other roles in the film.”
The film festival debuted in November 2010 with a showcase titled “Film It–Show It.” The event was successful enough that LAB decided to feature it again, and although the student turnout was significantly lower than it was last year, Jenkins said that she was satisfied.
“My goal for this event wasn’t to have a large audience, but to showcase student talent and work,” Jenkins said. “I wasn’t surprised with the turnout for the event, and I thought it went well.”
The winning entries were junior Joe Gladow and senior Jeremy Moll’s “Teach Me How to Douglas,” which told the story of a skewed student election between a well-intentioned pushover and a charismatic jerk, and junior Nic Miles’ “Crazy About Cats,” a kind of mini-documentary about a cat show in Portland. “Teach Me How to Douglas” came in first place for a $100 prize, and “Crazy About Cats” won second place for a $50 prize.
Other entries included a sepia-toned, silent-movie style comedy by junior Gavin Broussard and sophomore Colton Wright, an exposé by juniors Collin Morris and Annika Yates of the “Tap That” campaign to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, and two films by senior Jaffy Xiao, one about a couple who meets because of a lost journal in a library, and another that chronicles a visit to China through its foods, with scenes of markets and restaurant settings.
Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
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