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"Let's Make Something Out of Nothing."

Ten finalist films made by 30+ filmmakers in CA+S Foundations classes screened before a full house that included filmmakers, family, friends, and faculty at the 26th semi-annual Take 1 Student Film Festival. A Q&A and a presentation of Jury Award winners in three categories and Audience Choice in two categories followed the screening on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

"Let's make something out of nothing," said Bryce Thompson who worked on Ciggs, the MIP I Audience Choice film.

Michael T. Flynn shared that le Mime et la Mannequin, the MIP I Jury Award winner, could not have been made without Craigslist, "It's a way of life and life is amazing, even more so when you've got a killer cast and crew, and, more importantly, a mannequin!"

The finalist films went through a rigorous jury process and were selected from over 40 Best of Class. Scores are based on creativity of idea, content, and execution of concept.

Moving Image Production I

Ciggs by Mason Adams, Bryce Thompson, Sophie Orner-Thompson, Lena McPherson (Audience Choice)
Flux by Sam Stucky, Alex Poling, Darren Bui, Ethan Uphouse
Gateway by Nola Lowy, Kevin Szczepanski, Connor Luczak, Mauricio Medina-Elizondo
The Last Payphone on Earth by Austin Andries, Erica Butz, Alex Gibney, Shenita Murphy
le Mime et la Mannequin by Michael T. Flynn, Eve Studnicka, Caitlyn McMahon, Aaron Puckhaber (Jury Award)  

Moving Image Production II

American Nightmare by Ramon Ramirez, Grace Pritula, Travis McKenney
(Jury Award Fiction)
Jill by Haley Buntrock (Jury Award Documentary)
 Matters of the Heart by Tyler Ellis and Tannan Baldwin
Reveuse by Roshan Louis-Julie and Serena Fath (Audience Choice)
Silas by Raven Flora Stevenson, Greyson Schwieger, Kathy Curran, 
Stephanie Carrell, Edward Barton

"We are happy that our little indie movie connected with so many people. Happy accidents make the best movies," shared Roshan Louise-Julie and Serena Fath.

"I feel really blessed to have had an amazing cast and crew to bring this vision to life," said Ramon Ramirez about the MIP II Jury Award winning American Nightmare.

Documentary filmmaker, Haley Buntrock, who won the MIP II Jury Award for Jill, said, "The best kind of art inspires others to help make the world a better place."