VideoPalooza and Battle of the Speeches

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May 06, 2014

McDaniel Cinema seniors present their capstone video projects at VideoPalooza. This annual showcase of student-produced digital features has been extended to two-nights May 7 and 8 with films beginning at 7 p.m. in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science. The Communication department’s annual public-speaking contest precedes the film festival at 6 p.m. on May 8. Both events are free and open to the public.

Screenings each night include a combination of documentaries and fiction films. The students have written, directed, produced and edited their films, which are all about 20 minutes in length, to be used as portfolios of their work.

Films include a romantic comedy about a college senior who is forced to change her life plans after she does not get into graduate school and documentaries about the separation of church and state and controversy over prayer at Carroll County board of commissioners meetings, personal stories of struggle leading to the founding of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in Westminster, Md., and a look at end-of-life decisions with the passing of an uncle, as well as others.

VideoPalooza Schedule with links to trailers highlighting some films

May 7:

“When to Let Go,” a documentary by Emoff Amofa of Aspen Hill, Md.

“Nincompoop,” fiction by Jonathan Leafblad of Gurnee, Ill. 

“League,” fiction by Grant Ludwig of Raleigh, N.C.

“Behind the Blocks,” a documentary by Abigail Schickler of Montgomery Village, Md.

“The Variable Mind,” fiction by Walter Henderson of Providence, R.I.

“Pride: The Westminster PFLAG Story,” a documentary by Jennifer Bock of Westminster, Md.

May 8:

“We Wanna Make a Movie,” a documentary by Jabraan Ismail of Taneytown, Md.

VideoPalooza and Battle of the Speeches “speak.” fiction by Kiera Gillock of Cranston, R.I.

“Calm Before the Terror,” a documentary by Matt Fuhrman of Westminster, Md.

“Interface,” fiction by Jonathan Ospa of New York

“Key Lime Disease,” a documentary by Emily Kurtyka of Middletown, Md.

“Checklist,” fiction by Brittany Fleming of Burlington, N.J.

“In Jesus’ Name,” a documentary by Meghan Schatz of Parkton, Md. 

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