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The Lycoming College Department of Communication’s Digital Media program will present the seventh Student Film and Video Annual Thursday, April 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 229 W. Fourth St. The event is free and open to the public.
The program will feature four different categories of films and videos, including narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. All films have a running time of less than ten minutes and have been completed in the last two years. This year’s contest also was open to other undergraduate programs in Pennsylvania and submissions were received by students at Temple University.
Each festival is juried by Lycoming faculty and this year’s jurors are Lynn Estomin, professor of art; Jim Dougherty, adjunct instructor of communication; Seth Goodman, assistant professor of art; Leah Peterson, chair and assistant professor of communication; and Michael Darough, visiting assistant professor of art.
Peterson, who organizes and hosts the event, said that the films and videos have gotten better each year and that students enthusiastically work on the projects in preparation for the annual screenings.
"Students are more motivated and excited about film and video than ever before and it shows in the quality of their work," she said. "My students spend countless hours on their films from inception to completion, and their hard work has paid off."
The grand jury prize award will go to the best overall film and the winner will receive a custom statue made by Academy Award-winner Tom Woodruff Jr. Woodruff, a Williamsport native, is a special effects artist and actor who has worked on films such as “Terminator” and “Aliens.”
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.