WWU Film Students Receive Awards for Productions

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Reel Fanatics, the film club at William Woods University, recently held a film festival designed to display the talent of novice film directors, actors and editors.

To give authenticity to the event, “The First Flight Film Festival” was held at B&B Theatres Fulton Cinema 8, where the audience viewed the newest advertisements, music videos and movies on the big screen.

Submissions from WWU students and alumni ranged from music videos that illustrated the heartbreak and despair rooted in the lyrics to short films summing up the dread of using the bathroom late at night by yourself.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to showcase the new technologies and new techniques they have learned,” Tony Weed, instructor of broadcasting and film, said. “We had some great submissions this year and choosing the awards is always a difficult process, but our winners went above and beyond, showing extraordinary talent in their craft.”

Filmmaker Aaron Griffin (left), a William Woods alumnus who is now the multimedia manager for the professional soccer team, FC Dallas, gathers with members of Reel Fanatics: Marrtell Washington, Lincoln Purvis, Shay Jasper, Dillon Klein, Ryan Stoker and advisers, Tony Weed and Greg Smith.
Filmmaker Aaron Griffin (left), a William Woods alumnus who is now the multimedia manager for the professional soccer team, FC Dallas, gathers with members of Reel Fanatics: Marrtell Washington, Lincoln Purvis, Shay Jasper, Dillon Klein, Ryan Stoker and advisers, Tony Weed and Greg Smith.

Awards presented at the end of the festival were:

  • Best Picture – Derek McCawley of Phoenix, Ariz., for “The High Road”
  • Best Director – Paige Stewart of Ballwin, Mo., for “Genre Study”
  • Best Actor – Stephen Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo., as Holden Caulfield in “Catcher in the Rye”
  • Best Actress – Rachel Moser of Kirkwood, Mo., for multiple roles in “Genre Study”
  • Rookie of the Year – Yunil Jeon of Missouri Military Academy for “The Day After Winter.”

Most submissions were class projects students completed under the guidance of WWU film faculty.

Submissions and their directors were: “The Unknown” by Martell Washington; “19 Minutes” by Alaina Leverenz; “First Date Music Video” by Ale’ Martinez; “The Catcher in the Rye” by Dillon Klein; “Genre Study” by Paige Stewart; “CoffeeMate Ad” by Dillon Klein; “Paranormal Police” by Lincoln Purvis; “Home Music Video” by Paige Stewart; and “The High Road” by Derek McCawley. In addition, Yunill Jeon of Missouri Military Academy submitted “The Day After Winter.”