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Student Filmmakers Reach International Finale

Published: June 08, 2010
Matt Goldberg was humbled to learn his film, Call on Me , had made it to Campus MovieFest’s International Grand Finale June 10-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

“That’s certainly exciting,” said Goldberg ’13, a film and media arts major. “This is the first time I’ve done a live-action film.”

Goldberg has a YouTube channel where he mainly posts stop-motion animation films on wresting though he’d like to do more live-action filming. Call on Me is a four-and-a-half-minute humorous tale of a college guy trying to catch the attention of the co-eds on campus. Winning a film festival with his first attempt would help validate his ambitions.

“I’d be ecstatic,” Goldberg said.

Campus MovieFest is a national film festival that tours college campuses and provides mentors, Apple laptops, camcorders and prizes for students to produce short films in one week.

Ryan Grosjean ’11, a film and media arts major, decided at the last second to enter the contest as a way to give his friend, Dustin Brause, a chance to make an original score. Grosjean prepped for two days, shot Perennial Love in nine hours, edited it in eight and then spent six hours scoring music.

“It feels great to make something that's received such a good word, and people seem to really enjoy this short film,” said Grosjean.

Perennial Love , a film without dialog, uses music and acting to tell the story of a girl who loses her father to war and then falls in love with a man who is drafted. Perennial Love and Call on Me will join UT films The Dorm by Michael Leonard '13 and Brett Pollack '13, and Angelus Domini by Colin McElaney '13, Andrew Favicchio '13 and Ryan Robidoux '11 in the International Grand Finale .

This is the sixth year UT has participated in Campus MovieFest. A 2007 UT film titled Dead End and a 2006 UT film, A Burden's Ballad , were among the top 16 films that reached the national level. This is the first time four UT films have made it to the finale, beating the regional competition along the way.

More than 50 colleges participated, many of which are noted for their film programs such as New York University and University of California, Los Angeles.

“This speaks loud and clear about our film program, and more importantly, about how our students are engaging the message that making a narrative film is not an isolated experience,” said Assistant Professor Tom Garrett , a producer of independent feature films and a founding partner of Circa Films. “It’s not what we do, but what our students do with what we teach them and expose them to that make the difference for them and our program.”

Providing a venue to build that kind of cooperation, along with an opportunity to gain new skills and build school spirit, is the driving force of Campus MovieFest, said president and co-founder Dan Costa.

“Making a movie, regardless of previous filmmaking knowledge, is a great experience,” Costa said. “For students who wish to pursue a career in filmmaking, the competition garners a lot of exposure for these future directors, writers and producers.”

Winning filmmakers receive Apple laptops, iPods, thousands of dollars in movie-making software, as well as a trip to the Tribeca Film Festival. Winners also earn exposure ranging from in-flight screenings on Virgin America to AT&T phones.

Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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