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Film Showcase Honors Cinema-Television Students & Faculty

By Sarah H. Dolan | May 6, 2009

Cinema-Television Professional-in-Residence Douglas Miller

Regent University's 2009 Student Showcase, held on May 5, featured 13 top cinema-television (CTV) student films and celebrated the hard work, creative efforts and commitment of both students and faculty. Hundreds gathered at Regent's Communication & Performing Arts Center to view the showcase.

School of Communication & the Arts Dean Michael Patrick opened the evening by commenting on the overall successful academic year for the CTV Department, with student films earning 25 national and international awards. He commended Dr. Lorene Wales, chair of the Cinema-Television Department, for her "leadership, guidance and constantly pouring her life into the students and faculty."

"We have much to be thankful for this year as we've seen unprecedented growth in enrollment as well as a second year of record-breaking numbers of film and script awards," Wales said. "These films are evidence of the dedication of not only our faculty, but even more so of the hard work and long hours put in by every crew member."

Students are involved in all production aspects required for the films—including scriptwriting, producing, acting and budget management. This year's film themes included an exploration of parental and matrimonial love, death, identity and politics.

The Regent endowed fall film Transposition, which is currently a Student Academy Awards finalist, kicked off the showcase. Following its debut, the film's director Joshua Overbay received a special achievement award in directing.

The following films were also shown as part of the showcase, with several students and faculty receiving awards for their work:

Enlightenment (humorous short, director: Ben Dyer); The Briefcase (dramatic short, director: Ben Dyer); I'm Not Invisible (music video, director: Jeffrey A. Dear); Quantum Effect (sci-fi, director: John Rost); Shawn Scott Can't Sleep (drama, director: Joseph Rohrs); Cold Feet (Regent endowed film, director: Jeffrey A. Dear); Michael Fuller's Future (drama, director: Joshua Overbay); Over-Easy (dramatic short, director: Eric Rodgers); The Gravedigger (drama, director: Jon Mark Nail); No Child Left Behind (commercial, director: April Campion); One More Day (drama, director: Adam Sypdt); Viable (dramatic short, director: Ashley Zahorian); and Double-Minded (drama, director: Richmond Felton).

The following awards were presented:

Directing Award—Joshua Overbay
Editing Award—Ramona Meyer

Michael Fuller's Future
Sound Design Award—Nick Bergen

The Gravedigger
Redemptive Film Award—Jon Mark Nail

Producing Award—Sarah Purnell
Cinematography Award—Jeffrey A. Dear
Writing Award—Sally Furr

An encore showcase presentation is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Screening Room A. For more information, contact the Regent Box Office at 757.352.4245.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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