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Stephens students, professor to screen films at Gimme Truth!

February 26, 2014

Stephens College film students and a faculty member have had their short films accepted into Gimme Truth!, a documentary game show held during Columbia’s True/False Film Festival.
The event, slated for 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Note, challenges local filmmakers to create shorts in an attempt to fool three seasoned film professionals who guess whether the one-minute documentaries are fact or fiction.
For their project, Kirsten Izzett and Livvy Runyon teamed up to create “Rice, Rice Baby,” about a supposed baby picture from the U.S. that caused such a buzz it’s now hanging in a printmaker’s shop in the Philippines. With supposedly factual interviews, old photos and clips from “South Pacific,” the story is made in documentary format. But is it for real?
LeeAnne Lowry and Hannah Bilau will also attempt to fool the judges when they screen their short film about a couple that supposedly ended up together following a prank involving a snake. And Associate Professor Chase Thompson’s film features an interview with a man who claims to have a pretty incredible story.
“It’s fun ‘competing’ against students,” Thompson said. “I’ve told them it would be awesome if we take first, second and third place with me being in third.”
Izzett and Lowry are Gimme Truth veterans. Last year, the two took second place for "Dem Bones," the unbelievable but true story about a Stephens student who carries her rib bone in her pocket.
Runyon is coming off a recent win, as well. She and her production team, under the direction of Stephens students Haley Padilla and Clara Canfield, won the Technical Achievement Award at the University of Missouri’s Valentine’s Day Film Fest. The prize? Rental of a Red Camera, a top of the line video camera.
Screening a film in public is nerve-wracking, Runyon said, but “also cool. It’s awesome to watch with an audience and see their reactions.”

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