THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE FILM FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! THANK YOU!
You can view the video made from the winning proposal below. Our search for more local stories worth documenting continues—please submit your ideas HERE.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE PRESENTS INAUGURAL CC FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 30-MAY 1
The Writing for Print and Digital Media (WPDM) Program and Communications Program at Columbia College, SC are pleased to announce the first CC Film Festival. The Festival will feature work by four award-winning guest filmmakers: Kieran Fitzgerald, Jack Riccobono, Sam Graham-Felsen, and Shane Slattery-Quintanilla (see below for more information on the guest filmmakers). Outstanding student work will be featured alongside these professional projects. The theme of this year’s festival is “Visions and Viewpoints: Visual Storytelling in the 21st Century.” Both professional and student filmmakers will participate in moderated forum discussions on various subjects relating to the future of film and video. Sample topics include: the future of short-form video journalism, screenwriting for Hollywood and independent films, and the political uses of documentary film.
As part of its inaugural year the Festival is sponsoring a unique competition: community members in Columbia are invited to submit their idea for a short documentary video on any subject. The winning proposal will be shot and produced by a team of filmmakers from Columbia College (lead by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Shane Slattery-Quintanilla and professional photographer Andrew Haworth) over the course of a month. The final product will then be featured at the Film Festival along with other outstanding student and professional work. Submit a proposal here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Festival will be held at the new location of the Nickelodeon Theatre, at 1607 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201, on April 30th and May 1, from 5:30-9:00 pm each night. For more information contact Shane Slattery-Quintanilla at email@example.com or (803) 786 3935. See CCFILMFEST2012_PROGRAM
Kieran Fitzgerald is a writer and filmmaker living in Austin, Texas. He has a BA in English from Harvard College, and a MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in fiction and screenwriting. His first feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and aired on PBS as part of the P.O.V series. The Ballad was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. He is a member of the creative team at Upsetmedia — the London-based story technology company.
Jack Pettibone Riccobono received a degree in Film Production (V.E.S.) and the Study of Religion from Harvard College in 2004. His narrative short Killer premiered at the 2009 New Directors/New Films Series at the Museum of Modern Art and went on to win Best Short at the Nantucket Film Festival. His short documentary The Sacred Food won the Terra Madre Short Film Competition sponsored by Slow Food and was featured in a specialscreening at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
Sam Graham-Felsen was Barack Obama’s chief blogger in 2008 and also helped to produce dozens of documentaries and online videos for the campaign. He writes and speaks on the intersection of politics and the technology for publications including The Nation, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, and GOOD, where he is a regular contributor. Sam appears regularly on Bloomberg TV todiscuss the impact of new media on campaigns. Sam co-founded VideoNation, The Nation’s online video unit, and he has also produced several documentaries for Current TV.
Shane Slattery-Quintanilla received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan. He wrote, co-produced, and edited The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, an Emmy-nominated documentary about the killing of an 18-year-old American high-school student by U.S. Marines. The film, narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, was broadcast nationwide by PBS in 2008 and nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Investigative Journalism.” Mr. Slattery-Quintanilla is an assistant professor at Columbia College, SC, where he teaches courses in video production, literature, and creative writing.