VISIONARY AWARD: ELI AYRES
ONE WAY TOWN, ST. MARY'S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND
Seasoned Private Eye Dash Stone and his trustee secretary Nancy Sullivan find themselves in over their heads on a case involving a high profile kidnapping, and a mad scientist's experiment gone terribly wrong.
EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP: ELIZABETH MCCAULEY
THE VISUAL AND SYMBOLIC POWER OF MILK IN AMERICAN GANGSTER FILMS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
This presentation explores multifaceted applications of milk as a cinematic device through the lens of the American Gangster Film Genre, examining how the uses of milk can range from illustrating the mythology of social mobility to connoting a deviant male character's oedipus complex.
EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE: EMMA HUIBREGTSE
HEAD SPACE, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
A single mother concerned with her son's inability to cope, sees the tables turn when faced with danger.
EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY: DAVID HUTCHINSON
HOW FAR I WANT TO GO, PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
A short film about love, pain, and the meaning of life, as told by former Kenyan street children.
EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION: MARTIN NABELEK
OFF, TOMAS BATA UNIVERSITY OF ZLIN
OFF is an atmospheric, full of CG animated short film. It's a story of an astronaut traveling through space and time. The film explores what awaits us as we venture beyond our own small world.
EXCELLENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL: ASHLEN RENNER
THE AIR PASSAGES, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
Suffering from underlying disrepair and neglect, the body is not its own entity, but an extension of the outside world. The Air Passages explores the connections between the body and the environment inhabits.
REGIONAL AWARD: LANA LORAINE JORDAN
HOME VIDEO, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
Footage from 2001 reveals Lana's first experience using a video camera. Lana returns to film her childhood home once again. The result is an experimental yet intimate reflection on the past and on the present.
AUDIENCE AWARD IN FILM: BEN DAVIS
PAUL'S RIDE, SUNY PURCHASE
A short documentary following the story of a Vietnam veteran and his love for motorcycles.
AUDIENCE AWARD IN SCHOLARSHIP: JILLIAN CARNEY
ACCIDENTAL AVANT-GARDE: "TEARING APART" TOMMY WISEAU'S "THE ROOM"
Cult classic "so-bad-its-good" film The Room made by the enigmatic auteur Tommy Wiseau fits the qualities for primitive filmmaking and the interest of audiences. However, Wiseau's break of conventional filmmaking was not of any purposeful artistic expression, but an accident which kept fans coming back for more.