Oglethorpe’s annual Film Festival sees record crowd, entries

Oglethorpe University’s Film and Media Studies Program hosted its annual “Last Looks” Film Festival on March 10, with a standing room-only crowd in Lupton Auditorium. Attendees “walked the red carpet” and enjoyed screening the 37 student film entries.

Red carpet photo op at the Oglethorpe Film FestivalStudents submitted their film projects to be judged by industry professionals for cash prizes in four categories (narrative, documentary, experimental, promotional), as well a “Capturing Culture” special category. Students were limited to two submissions.

Festival judges were ACM Talent’s Jeffrey Umberger, Emmy-winning producer, director, and writer Mary Grace Higgs, People Store talent agency President Rick Estimond, Emmy-winning director/producer Jane Cole, and Emmy-winning director of photography Michael Chase.

Documentary Film Winner Zuri Johnson and Film program coordinator Dr. Katharine Zakos

Documentary film winner Zuri Johnson and Film and Media Studies program coordinator Dr. Katharine Zakos

A total of 37 student entries were submitted to the film festival:

  1. “Have you seen Louie?” by Anthony Arredondo and Logan Conton
  2. “Ouija, Can you hear me?” by Jackson Beheler
  3. “The Little Lebowski” by Isabel Berlin
  4. “Importance of Black Mens Mental Health” by Chance Buchanan
  5. “Home Sweet Campus” by Jayshaun Carobert
  6. “amidoingthisright?” by Jaidyn Carter
  7. “Cabin Trip” by Seysela Chann-Hong
  8. “Petey’s Pantry Commercial” by Marc Collins
  9. “LILY” by Yabby Denekew
  10. “Necklaces” by Justin Edwards
  11. “Urban Air Columbus Grand Opening Recap” by Justin Edwards
  12. “Red Room” by Landon Gabbidon
  13. “Florence: The Living City” by Landon Gabbidon
  14. “Waffles” by Andrew Howard and Jaylin Warmouth
  15. “Teaching Toddlers to Read: The Story of a Teacher with a Mission” by Zuri Johnson
  16. “When I Grow Up” by Zuri Johnson
  17. “AAPI Fears in a Post-COVID World” by Sean Kang
  18. “Daylight & Nightdark” by Ryan King
  19. “WTF” by Ryan King and Ashley Lopez
  20.  “Emergency Heist” by Ayden Kitsko
  21. “Leg-crossed Lovers” by Ayden Kitsko
  22. “Hotel Stay” by Ashley Lopez, Sean Kang, and India Martin

    Narrative category winner Brody Young with Dr. Zakos

  23. “Count Me Out Pt.1” by Ike Ogueri
  24. “Culminate” by Amber Phillips
  25. “birds of a feather” by Amie Quick
  26. “Pandemic on Wheels” by Amie Quick
  27. “Cupid” by Emma Jean Scott
  28. “Devil in Disguise” by Emma Jean Scott, Brody Young, and Tristan Thompson
  29. “Claire & Andrew” by Ethan Snipes
  30. “The Peasant” by Emily Stutzriemer and Alexia Dominguez-Leyva
  31. “Anamesis” by Marques Tomme and Landon Gabbidon
  32. “Phenomenal Woman” by Ivi D’vynne Wicks and Naeem Seifden
  33. “Through the Storm” by Ivi D’vynne Wicks
  34. “Olipop Soda Ad” by James Williams
  35. “The Entities of Fear” by Larissa Williams
  36. “The Siren” by Brody Young
  37. “Used car smell” by Brody Young

From these, the judges named the following winners in their respective categories:

Winner Amber Phillips and Dr. Katharine Zakos

Amber Phillips won in both the Experimental category and 1st place in the Creating Culture special category

Narrative: “The Siren” by Brody Young
Documentary: “Teaching Toddlers to Read: The Story of a Teacher with a Mission” by Zuri Johnson
Experimental: “Culminate” by Amber Phillips
Promotional: “Petey’s Pantry Commercial” by Marc Collins
Capturing Culture 3rd Place: “amidoingthisright?” by Jaidyn Carter
Capturing Culture 2nd Place: “AAPI Fears in a Post-COVID World.” by Sean Kang
Capturing Culture 1st Place: “Culminate” by Amber Phillips

More photos from the red carpet, shot by student Hannah Banfield, may be viewed here.

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