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The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s Department of Radio, Television, Film will showcase and award prizes for the best undergraduate films of the past year in its annual student film festival on Thursday and Friday, May 18 & 19, at 7 pm in the Student Center Theater.

More than 30 films created, produced and directed by seniors, juniors, and sophomores will be shown over the two nights, highlighting the year’s best work in narrative, experimental, and documentary genres.  The 21st annual festival coincides with the Department of Radio, Television, Film being named to Variety magazine’s 2017 list of “stellar” film programs worldwide – the second year in a row that Hofstra has made Variety’s annual list of top schools for training media and entertainment professionals.

“We have been very proud of the exceptional work of our students for many years, and now that Variety has recognized Hofstra’s film program, we finally have Hollywood’s attention,” said Professor Bill Jennings, coordinator of the film studies and production major.

“This year’s film festival will prove that these students are indeed worthy of the praise,” he added, noting that expanded course offerings include an extensive screenwriting curriculum and new media offerings in 2D and 3D animation, as well as advanced training in visual effects, digital storyboarding and post-production sound.  “These resources are paying off in the quality of our students’ work, and increasingly, the films that win here go on to perform well at national and international festivals.”

Students who will present films include:

Day 1: Thursday, May 18th 

Jacob Zucker’18     Pantomime
Eric Adams’17, Amanda Cristo’18     Elevator Talk
Dylan Rex’17          It’s Not For Me To Say
Cole Hallman’17     May Not Be Suitable For Children
Jeremiah Nicholson’17      Hugo
Pieter Van Es’17         Tommy’s Boat
Trenton Campbell’19      Just Play
Xavier Edward’17          Utopia Despair
Livingston Farrand’17      Heartbreaker Basketcase Array
Joshua Timpko’18        I’m Sorry I Love You
Maxwell Whitman’19   Menace
Taylor Ligay‘17              Double Jeopardy
Natasha Rowley‘17       Unapologetic Black Girl
Zack Smith‘17, Courtney Koch‘18    Bear Guy
Patrick Hopkins‘17       Piccolo Vento
Matthew Pivarnik‘18    New Day
Johanna Fogle‘19          Misfortune
Shuai Lou‘17                  Nirvana

Day 2: Friday, May 19th

Jack Finlayson’17   Harold
John Spranklin’19   Surgery
Travis Martin’17          Afterthought
Brian Tracey’19           The Salesman
Dan DeOliveira’17      Relationship Goals
Joe Hegyes’18             Love Potion
Lukas Metlicka’19       And I Never Said I Love You
Mike Smith’18, Sky Swanson‘19      The Private Criminal
Jeremiah Nicholson‘17    Highway
Kyra Angione‘17             Awakening
Sam Casadevall’17        The Digital Dreams of Johnny Rocco
Erica Sattler‘17              Grace
Xavier Williams’18       Tick
Kurtis Riley’17               Fell Swoop

Films will be judged by industry veterans Jameson Oyer, digital and video direct marketing manager for film distributor Kino Lorber; Kurt Sensenbrenner, a freelance documentary filmmaker and 2015 MFA graduate of Hofstra whose film, From Mass to the Mountain, is now screening in festivals internationally; and Sam Adelman, an award-winning film editor with more than 30 professional credits including The Legend of Bagger Vance, Pollock, Donnie Brasco, and Desperately Seeking Susan.

An awards ceremony and reception will follow the Friday screening, with prizes awarded for best senior thesis narrative, intermediate narrative, and best alternative film.

Winners of the best senior thesis film will receive a credit with Film Freeway, which will allow them to submit their work to U.S. and international film festivals.  The prize is made possible by donors to the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Student Experience Fund.

The winners of the intermediate narrative category will receive funding assistance from the Herbert School’s Max Kolb Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

The sponsors of the 21st annual Hofstra Student Film Festival include Blackmagic Design, B&H Photo, Avid Media, Entertainment Partners, Adobe, Sekonic, and Final Draft.

Student Film Festival May 2017


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