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Oswego State Films Recognized at Festival

Two movies received awards at the first festival devoted to SUNY students.


By Kathy Coffta Sims
Staff writer - Syracuse Post Standard

Students who participate in the Cinema and Screen Studies program at the State University College at Oswego did well in the first film festival held solely for SUNY students.

The festival, held from April 2 to Saturday at the State University College at Fredonia, featured the work of current SUNY students or students who had graduated in 2008.  Films must have been completed while the filmmaker was enrolled at the college or university in the SUNY system.

"Rolling Stoned," by filmmaker and Oswego student Jamie Loughlin won the festival's Audience Choice Award.  During the screening of the comedy, "the audience was laughing so hard they missed lines of dialogue." said Amy Shore, the Director of Cinema and Screen Studies program at Oswego.  For having the audience vote his film the best, Loughlin won a $25 gift card.

The film "l' origine" by Oswego students Christa Haley and Elizabeth Crouch won an overall fifth place honorable mention award at the festival.

The movie, a silent film about a girl's love and loss of a fish, had the audience "oohing and ahhing over the cinematography," Shore said.  Haley and Crouch also won a $25 gift card.

Shore said Kevin Everson, who selected "l' origine" for the fifth place prize, is a noted independent and experimental filmmaker who teaches at the University of Virginia.  He has had his films screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals and they have been featured as showcases at major universities and museums.

Shore said Everson was impressed with the Oswego films and students and has agreed to come to the campus and work with students for one week next year while he shoots a film in Poughkeepsie.

Only 15 films were chosen from the more than 80 submitted for screening at the festival, Shore said.