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05-02-2017

Four Clarkson University Students Win Film Festival Laurels

Four Clarkson University film students have had their films accepted for screenings at three international film festivals this spring.

Film FestivalsEach film was created in the COMM 427 Digital Video Production II course taught by Professor of Communications & Media Stephen Farina.

"Sleep Paralysis" by Catherine Clappin '18, a digital arts & sciences and communication double-major from Cornwallville, N.Y., has been selected by the Cutting Room Film Festival in Tucker, Ga. Clappin's film gives the viewer a first-person perspective of the strange experience of sleep paralysis.

"Note to Self" by Joelle Kowalka '19, a communication major from Schroon Lake, N.Y., has been selected by Move Me Productions, a film festival in Antwerp, Belgium. In this dreamlike film, the protagonist travels into her inner self through a mirror where she is bombarded with her own negative thoughts. One positive thought, however, prevails over all others.

"Obstacles" by Chibuzor Ogbue '19, a communication major from Framingham, Mass., is an official selection of two festivals: Move Me Productions and the Miami Independent Film Festival (MINDIE) in Miami, Fla. for April. Ogbue's documentary tells the story of a young man whose life was rocked by an unexpected realization, a major obstacle that he must overcome to move forward. In addition, a film he made outside of class, the mockumentary "Thank You Big Mac," won second place in the Clarkson Film Festival this spring.

"Hear Our Voice" by Alex Hill '19, a communication major from Chelmsford, Mass., has been accepted by Move Me Productions. In this documentary, Hill provides an inside view of the massive Women's March on Washington.

In their class, the students were given the task to find festivals that had submission and notification deadlines within the semester and then develop films for those festivals.

"Every one of these students began the semester with an idea and worked hard to bring that idea to life in film," Farina said. "It's gratifying to see them get their work out to the world."

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University students Alex Hill '19, Joelle Kowalka '19, Catherine Clappin '18 and Chibuzor Ogbue '19 all had films accepted for screenings at international film festivals this spring. Each film was created in the COMM 427 Digital Video Production II course taught by Professor of Communications & Media Stephen Farina.

[Photographs for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/filmfestivals2017.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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