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Student filmmakers showcase works in audience-graded film screening

April 26, 2013

For Loyola University New Orleans student filmmakers, final grades on film projects are riding on interactive audience scoring during the 16th Annual Loyola Student Film Festival that takes place next week. Sponsored by the Loyola Film Buffs, the film fest features a mix of entirely student-produced documentaries, fiction and music videos.

The film fest will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in room 332 of Bobet Hall on Loyola’s main campus. It is free, open to the public and audience members will receive complimentary popcorn and a form to grade each individual piece. Free parking is available in Loyola’s West Road Garage accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

The 16th Annual Loyola Student Film Festival will showcase 15 films, including two joint documentary projects from Loyola video technology professor Jim Gabour’s advanced classes—one on the Freret Street Revival in New Orleans and the other on travelogues from this year’s South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

“Some very wild and very entertaining pieces have been produced this semester,” Gabour said. He has organized the student film fest since 2005.

Some of the short films being screened include:

  • a documentary on people who seem to live at a neighborhood barber shop,
  • a documentary on the many odd uses of vinyl records in New Orleans,
  • an adaptation of the Hemingway story “Hills Like White Elephants” re-enacted by bananas,
  • a fictional piece about a person driven mad by a cellphone,
  • a live concert film featuring three acoustic musical groups performing in graveyards, and
  • a musical dream sequence following a delusional character who roams Frenchmen Street with a camera strapped to his head.

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