Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Great Event

Thanks to everyone who helped make Friday Night's Event a success. We packed the JC Memorial Chapel; over 300 students, faculty, staff & local folks came to watch 8 student films and a brief award ceremony.

Here's the list of awards:

BEST SOUND: Roommates: Senior Year - Mike Coates

BEST EDITING: Questionable Behavior - Rick Thomas

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Questionable Behavior - Aaron Wagster

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE: Questionable Behavior - Jake Miller

FRIEND OF MALONE FILM: Roommates: Senior Year - Chad Kapper, Cinematography

BEST SCREENPLAY: Questionable Behavior - Dan Walton


SPECIAL JURY AWARD: CHOREOGRAPHY - Roommates: Senior Year - Joe Siebert

BEST FILM: Roommates: Senior Year - Joe Siebert

AUDIENCE AWARD: Roommates: Senior Year - Joe Siebert

* photos courtesy Ruth Lang & the AVISO -- if you have any more from the event -- I'd love to post them!

Thanks to a great jury!

For the first five years of the Open Frame Student Film Contest -- we relied heavily on the gracious jurying of our faithful alumni, faculty members and staff. We have always been deeply grateful for their willingness to serve current students and their films, but have also been wary in recent years of overwhelming them with so many films and a consistently short time to render their judgement.

This year we were thrilled to be able to invite a jury from outside of Malone College to give our alums a breather. These capable film, art & entertainment professionals from outside of Malone College graciously gave of their time, effort & energy to watch these student films, many offering comments and feedback for student filmmakers. Thanks Jurors! We're grateful.

This year's jury included:

Dan Kane, Entertainment Editor for the Canton Repository. Dan's incisive and witty columns remarkably profile the best local entertainment in Stark County -- and point his readers to a much broader cultural scene nationally and internationally.

Kim Ann Pfau, directs a monthly Independent Short Film program through the Stark County Library System. Kim Ann has served for several years on the shorts selection committee for Cleveland International Film Festival & she plans and programs many other art film, independent film and short film events for Northeast Ohio cineasts.

Robb Hankins, CEO of ARTS IN STARK is credited by many for bringing an arts renaissance to Stark County. Hankins has mobilized artists, funding, events, space & time to create a blossoming arts community in downtown Canton, Ohio and throughout Stark County.

Connie Collins, filmmaker, has written and directed short films that have played at regional, national and international film festivals. Connie also writes plays and wrote and directed the important documentary film, Remember Nhu.

John K. Bucher, Jr, faculty member at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced film, television and video programming in more than 30 countries around the world including Iraq, Mongolia, Cuba and China. His documentary work on AIDS in Africa won both Telly and Omni Awards in 2003.

Seth Thomas is our Malone College Alumni representative this year. Seth works in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA and continues to travel around the nation performing with a professional comedy improv troupe. Seth continues to write scripts, extending some of the talents that he demonstrated when a student at Malone, winning the BEST FILM award at multiple Open Frames.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Great Lineup of Films!

Student films came flooding in yesterday and I'm pleased to announce that the lineup looks awesome. Below are a few stills that will, hopefully, entice you to come join us next weekend.

Friday, April 18th @ 9 p.m..

Doors open at 8 -- bring a pillow & cash to buy treats from the Mexico Service Learning Team -- and come early to watch former student films in the foyer!