By Matt Melia
Last Friday, April 25, was the Campus MovieFest (CMF) screening, where 16 out of 36 Bridgewater State University (BSU) films were shown to judges and an audience of about 300 people.
Participants of CMF entered the night with hopes of moving on to the next round, which is in Hollywood, California.
Without having an official film program, BSU students have been surprisingly stiff competition in the past few years at CMF Hollywood.
“When we get into Hollywood and the other schools see us come in, they know we’re there,” said Ed Cabellon, Director of the Rondileau Campus Center, and organizer of CMF at BSU. “[Other schools] are always looking forward to talking with us and competing with us at that level.”
Four out of the 36 films that entered the competition were selected to move on to the final round in Hollywood, where students will have four days of workshops and networking events to find out what it really takes to make it in the film industry.
One film from each category, Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Drama, and Social Justice Film, were selected to compete against the best college films in the country at CMF Hollywood from June 19-22.
This year, “Stetson Street” (Best Picture), “Volition” (Social Justice Film), “Mallard: A True Hero” (Best Comedy), and “Goodbye” (Best Drama) all won in their respective categories, and will head out to Hollywood in June to represent BSU.
Senior Conor Williams, who wrote and directed the film “Stetson Street”, discussed how the team he had really made the film a success.
“It was really a team effort on all parts,” Williams said. “[‘Stetson Street’] wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t working with my team.”
Williams said he worked with a talented cast and crew to make Stetson Street, and each member of the group brought their own skills to the table.
“Henry Carrasco was an amazing audio technician, Jason Kimball did the original score, which also made the film so much better,” Williams said. “Billy Loftus, who played the doctor, really came through clutch at the last minute, and then Caity Parker, and Mark Cividino were amazing actors, without them there wouldn’t have been any energy behind ‘Stetson Street’.”
Senior Jason Kimball, who was the composer for the short film, also had kind words to say about his teammates.
“Conor is the definition of a do-it-yourself-improver, always searching the web for ways to improve his filmmaking skills,” Kimball said. “None of it would have been possible without Henry Carrasco, Caity Parker, and Mark Cividino. They worked incredibly hard, and I hope it shows in the final product.”
Williams has entered CMF at BSU each of the past three years, but was unsuccessful in the competition until this year.
Williams encourages students to participate in CMF, and believes that whether or not they win, the event is still a positive experience.
“Failing is the only way you’re going to learn, you can’t just look that up in a book,” Williams said
Matt Melia is a Comment staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.