Film and video is a thriving field of study throughout the SUNY system. From the traditional Hollywood narrative and animation, to experimental film, video and documentary work, students and faculty are exploring personal visions through time-based image making.
To help showcase this discipline, SUNY Fredonia will host the third annual SUNYWide Film Festival Oct. 13-15 in 101 Jewett Hall. The event is once again free and open to the public.
The festival will showcase some of the best student films from across the SUNY system. Films are submitted by students and selected by a prescreening committee. This year there were 70 films submitted, and 21 were selected to be shown. Ten of the 21 selected were submitted by SUNY Fredonia students, including Maribel Avila, Robert Emhof, Cory Greiner, Lindsay Holmes, William Lauko, Christine McMullen, Jon Simmons, Tom Storm, Matthew vanLieshout and Kimberly Zazzara. There will also be a Faculty Showcase including films by some Fredonia faculty.
A frame from the film, “Sleepers,” one of 21 student films which will be shown at the third annual SUNYWide Film Festival, being held Oct. 13-15 in Jewett Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus.
The films will play during the festival and will then be judged by a guest juror. This year the festival welcomes juror Rebecca Ormond, an award-winning filmmaker and educator who will present her work as well as lead a workshop on 3-D filmmaking. She is an associate professor at Webster University of St. Louis, and has also taught at San Francisco State University and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.
Prizes will be awarded to the "Best of the Fest" on the final day of the festival. Sponsors include the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, Dick Blick Art Supplies and Hyatt's Graphic Supply Company. SUNY Fredonia's faculty directors include Phil Hastings, Jill Johnston and Kay McDonough.