2007 T Tauri Film Festival Winners Announced

   

2007 T Tauri Film Festival Winners Announced
8/14/2007 11:10:21 AM

Ten T Tauri Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony and Screening on Saturday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

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Awards Ceremony and Screening Set for July 28

Ten T Tauri Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony and Screening on Saturday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Nine of the awards will go to the following youth-produced films and filmmakers:

Best Music Video. Eric the Homeboy (02:00) By Kelly Davis and Ashly Davidson, Val Verde High School, Perris, CA. Eric raps a song that has a strong message, "Don't be a fool, stay in school."

Best Documentary. Touching Sound (22:00) By Shannalee Otanez, Spy Hop Productions, Salt Lake City, UT. After getting a Cochlear implant, a young man must develop his own identity and explore his place between two cultures.

Best Experimental. Electric Sleep (02:16) By Kevin Kunze, Stratford, CT. Centers on the motifs of dreams, perception, and mortality.

Best Drama. Chance (15:00) By Nick Van Almsick, The College School of Webster Groves, St. Louis, MO. Three stories of chance show how the littlest things can change your life completely.

Best Animation. Aphrolyph (03:30) By Harrison Rego, Clarkstown High School North, New City, NY. A series of three videos done in the anime' style that capture "the essence of cool."

Best Comedy. The Truth about You and Me (10:47) By Devon Perez, Bay Area Video Coalition, Oakland, CA. When a guy finally builds up the nerve to invite his crush on a date, an unanticipated twist changes their plans.

Best Public Service Announcement. Buckle Up (00:30) By Brittany Rich, North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek, FL. A homemade memorial to a teen who was killed in an auto accident prompted this emotional work.

Arkan-Star-Best Arkansas Entry. Watching the Waters Rise (09:52 ) By Sarah Bailin and Emma Bailin, Mann Magnet Middle School, Little Rock, AR. This powerful account of the Arkansas flood of 1927 uses archival footage, letters, and interviews.

The Kid with a Camera. Given to a young filmmaker who works independently, without the support of a school or a youth media program. The T Tauri Film Festival salutes Kevin Kunze of Stratford, Connecticut, whose three submissions (Electric Sleep, The Bridge, and So Long) were among the best films in their respective categories.

Entries were judged by students from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and the Lyon College APPLE Upward Bound program for area high school students.

The tenth T Tauri Award, the Stellar Catalyst, goes to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the festival and to youth media generally. The only previous recipient of the Stellar Catalyst is Joe Glass of the Arkansas Film Office. The 2007 Stellar Catalyst will be awarded to Pat Reed of The Field Shop in Little Rock. Pat has been an active contributor to the Digital Video basics workshop since its inception, loaning Mac computers and software that students use to edit their films and providing valuable instruction in editing techniques. He is a licensed instructor in Final Cut Pro, the software used in the workshops.

The T Tauri Award is an original ceramic trophy created by David and Becki Dahlstedt of Mountain View Pottery. The T Tauri Awards Ceremony and Screening is hosted by students in the Lyon College APPLE program and in our Acting on Camera workshop.

Admission to the T Tauri Awards Ceremony and Screening is $7 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under, students of all ages, and adults 55 and over. A complete schedule of festival screenings and activities is available at http://www.ttauri.org/.

The T Tauri Film Festival is a division of Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., a non-profit educational corporation founded in 2001. The 2007 T Tauri Film Festival is sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, First Community Bank, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Independence County Quorum Court Recreation Fund, the City of Batesville, the Morris Foundation, Liberty Bank, First Southern Bank, FNBC, the Field Shop, the Canon Corporation, Lyon College, the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch, Mountain View Pottery, Morningside Coffeehouse, and Daylight Donuts.

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