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April 16, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 20

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Student films shine at festival

The second semiannual student film festival took place on Thursday, April 15 in Faylor Lecture Hall at 7:30 p.m.

There were four documentaries and four narrative films created by students taking Documentary and Fundamen-tals of Television Production classes.

The first film festival took place last semester when Judy Morris, assistant professor of communications, said it was time for her students' hard work to be showcased for everyone to see.

"Films are meant to be exhibited," Morris said, "and it's important for people to view films in this type of setting," referring to the overhead projector and large screen.
"The students' hard work isn't meant to be placed on a DVD and then thrown in a closet. They needed to be seen by classmates and even strangers," Morris said.

She added that everyone was blown away by the previous festival, and she felt it was something that should continue into a tradition.

Jess Arruda, a senior public relations major, said she was intrigued by the festival.
"I went to [it] last semester and thought it would be an interesting class to take," she said.

Arruda's film, "Bad Kar-ma," was shown at the festival. "The film festival is a good opportunity for people to see the work that we have done, and I hope that people feel the same way I felt after the first festival and consider taking the class," Arruda said.

After the eight films were shown, the audience was able to vote for best supporting performance, best lead performance, best villainous performance, best narrative film and best documentary.

Jessica Ranck, a freshman bio-secondary education major, said, "The films were really good, but they were all different, making it hard to just choose one."

The documentary films shown at the festival were: "The Other Side of the Paddle," which is about hazing; "Prison," which was about life as a prison guard; "A New Tradition: The Story of SU Rugby," which follows the men's Rugby team; and "SPOOKYhanna," which tracks paranormal activity at Susquehanna.

The narrative films shown at the festival were: "The Superfan," a comedy about the dreams of becoming Susquehanna's biggest fan; "Roommate Wars," a drama about dealing with conflicts between roommates; "Bad Karma," a drama about the saying "what goes around comes around;" and "Fall to Pieces," a thriller about a relationship that ends badly.

McCaffrey said she had a lot of fun with her group.

"It was a great learning experience," she said. "We spent about 48 hours working on our film, including our script and editing, so it is a huge honor that we won. It shows that everyone appreciated our hard work."

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