Four student works designated official selections at the SUNYwide Film Festival

Four student works designated official selections at the SUNYwide Film Festival

Three animations and one experimental video created by Department of Visual Arts and New Media students will be screened at the Eighth SUNYwide Film Festival, to be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9 to 11, at SUNY Buffalo State.

The four students, major, year of study and their respective productions include:

“Kamunyak” by Sarah Gaygen

Sarah Gaygen, Animation and Illustration, 2017 graduate; “Kamunyak,” a 2D animation that was her capstone project, based on the true story of a lioness who adopted at least six oryx calves in Northern Kenya.

Mattea Guldy, Animation and Illustration, junior; “La Luz,” a rotoscoped 2D animation from a fall 2016 Intro to Animation course.

Susan Kehl, Film and Video Arts, junior; “Sunday Morning,” an original cinematic mediation on the interactions between static objects in a natural setting.

Brittany Sambrook, Animination and Illustration, senior; “One Inch Tall,” a composited 2D animation based on Shel Silverstein’s poem of the same title.

Their films will be screened on Friday.

The opening night gala will feature a keynote address by Kyle Bradstreet, an award winning writer/producer currently working on the acclaimed network show “Mr. Robot,” and opportunities for attendees to mingle with invited filmmakers, organizers and the guest speaker.

The SUNYwide Film Festival was launched in 2009 by Fredonia Associate Professor of Film and Video Arts Phil Hastings to showcase cinematic work of students and faculty in the SUNY system. The first five festivals were organized at Fredonia; it shifted to SUNY Oswego for the next two years and will debut at SUNY Buffalo State. Approximately 200 films and videos are considered each year, with students from 23 campuses submitting for the 2017 festival.

More information can be found online. A list of films to be screened is available online.

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