Student-produced films were shown for free in the Kirkham Auditorium Wednesday, July 8, at 8 p.m.
Free cotton candy was given to those attending, and students could be seen eating the treats in the lobby. Before entering the auditorium, students were handed ballots to vote for their favorite film. The most popular film will be shown this Saturday, July 11, in the Best Of show.
The show opened with the Academy of Comedy, a gro on campus that does improvisation. They began with the game “Objection,” where an improv member described fashion (the topic shouted out by the audience) until another member yelled, “Objection!” and gave a counter argument of what good fashion is. The audience roared with laughter.
There were seven films shown: Passion of the Blades of Passion, The Untold Foe, Cowboy Draw, Always, Let it Happen, Black Tie Affair, and Milk.
Passion of the Blades of Passion was one gro of students’ real-life story about filmmaking.
“We originally had a pretty in-depth comedy laid out, but at some point we realized we would never find the time to film it. The movie quickly became a true story of our failed attempt at that movie,” said sophomore Carson Kuehne, who co-created Passion of the Blades of Passion and who created Milk.
The Untold Foe was a film without dialogue, where anything that a ball touched was rendered useless. Cowboy Draw was about two little cowboys with slingshots.
The Academy of Comedy did an intermediate gig with the game “New Choice.” The topic shouted from the attendees was “pickles,” and the improv members acted out a story using that theme, changing whatever they were doing every time their leader yelled, “New choice!”
“It was a nice comic relief after watching Always. It was a great film that seemed professionally done and had great effects, but was really sad,” said junior Matt Tang.
Always was about a cole whose fight resulted in the wife dying in a car accident. Let it Happen was a story about the karma of the dating world. Black Tie Affair was about a man trying to get a job at a place that turned out not to be hiring. Milk was a piece that was a video-editing project.
“All the films were well done, and it is hard to choose a favorite. Passion of the Blades of Passion and Let it Happen were both really hilarious. Milk was really well edited and artistically done,” Tang said.
These films were all filmed, directed and produced by students. Actors included the directors themselves, other students, children and the elderly. Students spent as little as a week on their films to as much as the whole semester.
“Making a film for the film festival can be really hectic,” Kuehne said. “At the start of the semester, when things are all slow, you come with a bunch of awesome ideas. Then schoolwork starts piling , and filming becomes less of a priority. I’m always impressed with the quality of a few of the films each year, as I don’t know where some students get the time to put together what they did.”
Film festivals like this one occur every semester. Students with an interest in creating a film for future semesters can begin thinking of ideas now. The deadline for submitting videos for coming film festivals will be announced sometime during the semester, usually about a week before the current film festival.