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Filmmakers screen best works at annual showcase

April 29, 2014

Digital filmmaking students at Stephens College screened some of their best films Saturday night at the annual Senior & Best of Student Film Showcase.
Audience members were treated to a mix of genres, including comedy, science fiction, animation and documentary.
“These films represent a year’s worth of work by these talented young filmmakers,” said Kerri Yost, associate professor of film. “We’re proud of all of them, and we’re happy they were able to share their work with family, friends and community members.”
Kirsten Izzett had attendees laughing when she screened her documentary short, “Rice, Rice Baby,” which took second place at the GimmeTruth contest at the True/False Film Festival. She entertained audience member again when she screened “The Scootist,” which she created with fellow film student Livvy Runyon about the benefits of using a scooter as a mode of transportation.
Izzett and Runyon teamed up with Haley Padiliia and Clara Canfield to produce “Wayward,” a short about a father who hires a man to investigate the death of his drug-addicted son. And LeeAnn Lowery and Hannah Bilau took on a love story that began with a prank involving a snake in their short, “Snake Charmer.”
Senior films this year included “Exodus” by Florian Clunie. The science fiction short revolved around a young woman who had to choose between two very different mothers.
Emily Collette screened her short, “Forgetting Renz,” about her investigation of the abandoned Renz prison near Jefferson City. Collette contacted a former inmate of the prison, which closed after the 1992 flood, who wrote back and shared his experience there. 
Jordan Laguna tackled the topic of eating disorders in her short, “Muffin Top,” about how a young woman’s new obsession with dieting threatens her friendship with her best friend.
And Jackie Barrows screened the first scene of Gizmo!, an animated short about a robot who’s about to alter the lives of two young girls.

A Q&A with seniors followed the showcase.

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