Oswego film students capture award at festival

The SUNY Oswego students in cinema and screen studies whose films competed at the SUNY-Wide Film Festival at SUNY Fredonia earlier this month all came away with honors.

“Rolling Stoned” by junior Jamie Loughlin won the coveted Audience Choice Award. “L’Origine” by freshman Christa Haley and sophomore Elizabeth Crouch came in fifth to garner honorable mention.

Students from across the university system submitted about 80 films for consideration, and 15 were selected for the juried competition.

Amy Shore, director of Oswego’s cinema and screen studies program, said Oswego’s two honors represented the most recognition of any campus, though some had twice as many entries in competition.

“During the screening of ‘Rolling Stoned’ (a comedy), the audience was laughing so hard that at times, they missed lines of dialogue (always a sign of great comedy, in my mind),” she said.

“The screening of “L’Origine” (a silent film about a girl’s love and loss of a fish) ended with the audience oohing and awing over the cinematography,” she added.

The juror, Kevin Everson, has agreed to come work with Oswego students for a week next year when he is shooting a film in Poughkeepsie, Shore noted. Everson is an independent experimental filmmaker who teaches at the University of Virginia and has had his films screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam festivals as well as showcases at major galleries and museums.

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(Posted: Apr 15, 2009)