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The third annual Sterling College Film Festival took place Thursday, April 24, in Culbertson Auditorium. A panel of judges reviewed the submissions and presented awards to the top films in each category. The categories of student films featured were narrative, mood piece, mockumentary and twisted trailer.
Sean Winn, of Corona, Calif., was awarded Judges’ Pick for his mood piece “Desirable Art on Edge,” and Jared Alexander, of Gallup, N.M., was given Audience Pick for his narrative “Cocaine Blues.” As winners of the top two awards, Winn and Alexander will have their names placed on a special plaque that is located in the Art and Media Center.
“Many of this year’s entries were from [the class] Introduction to Cinema Production. This group always has very competitive pieces. Last year, it was a mood piece that won the Judges’ Award and that also proved to be the case this year. Sean Winn really put in re-editing effort to improve on his original piece, and I think his win of two categories was well deserved,” said Dr. Raymond Anderson, associate professor of communication and media.
Other awards of the night went to the team of Andy Michell of Point, Texas; Joseph Douglas, of Northridge, Calif.; and Marcus Brown, of Oakland, Calif.; for the Best Narrative, “Silent as the Grave,” and the best Mockumentary, “Kilbourne Hunter.” The Judges’ Pick, “Desirable Art on Edge,” by Winn, also won the Best Mood Piece. Best Actor went to Joey Ramirez, of Julesburg, Colo., for his role in “Time Runs Out.” Best Actress went to Anna Kalnina of Pratt, Kan., for her role in “Desirable Art on Edge.”
The Film Festival began in 2012 as an opportunity for students to build their experience and provide a public venue to showcase students’ video work.
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