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- The 2009 First Night Spokane 48 Hour Film Festival proved another opportunity for EMAF students, past and present, to exhibit their talents. The Judges' Award went to Thirteen by Christopher Chilton (EMAF, 2008), Nick Pearson (EMAF, 2009), Tyler Cathey (EMAF, 2009), and Travis Barnhart. The People's Choice Award went to Tie Fidelity by Taylor Adams (EMAF, 2009) and Kevin Merritt (EMAF, 2009). In addition, The Call was a Finalist. It was made by seven EMAF juniors: Sam Starbuck, Jade Wartenburg, Melissa Pringle, Kevin Schweiger, Denise Jennings, Tiffany Connolly, and Jeff Opdyke. The films are on YouTube. The winners will also screen at The Spokane International Film Festival on February 6.
- Britanni Kelly, EMAF Senior, won the Women in Film/Seattle Nell Shipman Scholarship Award.
- Aaron Fink, EMAF Senior was recently profiled in The Easterner for his work with musical artist James Pants on the music video We're Through.
- Pawl Fisher, EMAF Senior, has received 1.5 Million+ hits on YouTube for his film from EWU basketball games. Watch his College Basketball Game Rick Roll.
- Colin Johnson's script Foreign Policy has been named a finalist of the Summer One-Page Screenplay Contest. The winning 10 Scripts will be announced on June 13th. Then those scripts will be read at Wildsound's June Screenplay event. The winning script out of that round (voted online) will then be made into a movie.
- The 2008 Spokane International Film Festival has selected three short films with EWU connections. Dead Air, written and directed by Colin Johnson (EMAF Senior), will screen Saturday February 9 at 3 p.m. Dead Air was produced in EMAF 481. Dead End, by Chris Chilton (EMAF Senior), Tyler Cathey (EMAF Senior), and Travis Barnhart will screen Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m. as the 2nd People's Choice award of the First Night/48 Hour Film Festival. A Morning of Maple Street, written and directed by 2006 EMAF graduate, Adam Boyd will screen at noon on Saturday, February 16. Morning was written in EMAF 480. All are scheduled to attend the festival and answer questions about their work. EWU students can get discount tickets to SpIFF by contacting Dr. Pete Porter @ 359-6136.
- Bryce Woodworth (EMAF, BA 2007) directed the music video Inchelium for the Colville musicians The Jim Boyd Band. Inchelium won in the "Best Short Form Music Video/DVD" Category by the Native American Music Awards. Woodworth produced Inchelium in Hi-Definition for EMAF 499 during Winter Quarter, 2007. "A Lovely Man," which Woodworth scripted, screened at The Beverly Hills Hi-Def Festival in Dec. 2006. He received the Edmund G. Yarwood Award from EWU in 2007.
- Collect All Four, from First Sight Productions, the company of Kris Boustedt (B.A. 2004 and Yarwood Award Winner) was screened at The Seattle International Film Festival.
- Be My Friend, by Jaime Ramirez (B.A. 2006), played The Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Be My Friend was produced as a Senior Project.
- On Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, EMAF screened the Festival Films from 2006 seniors. These seven films have played film festivals from Los Angeles to New York City, Seattle to Duncan, Oklahoma & Tacoma to Spokane. See below for specific film fest details.
- CodyWetherill (B.A. 2006) screened Garden of Weedin' at two festivals: The Idaho Panhandle Film Festival and The Seattle True Independent Film Festival in 2007.
- Good Morning Eastern acknowledged the accomplishment of EMAF students Cody Wetherill (B.A., 2006) and Kurt Wetherill (B. A., 2006) in placing their work at The Spokane International Film Festival and elsewhere.
- The Spokane International Film Festival selected two EWU student shorts, in addition to those that played the festival as part of the First Night winners. Congratulations to Cody Wetherill (B.A., 2006), for Garden of Weedin' and Kurt Wetherill (B.A. 2006) for Rock Bottom. Both shows were produced as Senior Projects.
- Once again, EMAF was well-represented in Spokane's First Night film festival, with grads participating in 3 of the 4 winners. The judges chose The Spokane Family Reunion, on which Russell Silva (B.A. 2005 and Yarwood award recipient) worked, for first place. Named second place by the judges was Snowsport, by Cody Wetherill (B.A. 2006), Rick Bergh (B.A., 2006), Jaime Ramirez (B.A. 2006), Kurt Wetherill (B.A. 2006), Steven Wilber (B.A. 2006), and Jedediah Dima (B.A. 2006). The audience named as its second place finisher, Mr. Save the Day by Jeremy Lokken (B.A. 2004). A finalist for the competition, In Passing, counted Jared Bock (B.A. 2001) and John Morrow (B.A. 2002) among its creators.
- Jaime Ramirez's Be My Friend screened at the First Sundays Comedy Film Festival.
- David McMullen's A Lovely Man screened at the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival in December 2006.
- Jaime Ramirez's Be My Friend was an official selection at the First Annual Trail Dance Festival in Oklahoma.
- Ian Tindell's The Waiting Room was accepted at the Tacoma Film Festival. Waiting Room was produced as Tindell's senior project.
- Cody Wetherill's Garden of Weedin' and Jaime Ramirez's Be My Friend screened in the 103.9 Bob FM Film competition. Both were produced as senior projects.
- Congratulations to Adam Boyd and Steven Wilber, who were awarded Best Film or Music Presentation for "Know it All: The Filmmaker as God" at the 9th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium at EWU on May 17.
- Two EMAF seniors had short films selected for the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Joe & Mary, an adaptation of Saki's "The Mouse," directed by Jed Dima and Know It All, directed by Adam Boyd, screened in Seattle June 2-4. Joe & Mary was written in EMAF 322 and produced in EMAF 410. Know It All was produced in EMAF 480.
- Resolutions, a short film by EMAF students David McMullen, Cody Wetherill, Kurt Wetherill, Adam Boyd, Rick Bergh, Jedediah Dima, Steven Wilber, and Jaime Ramirez, aired nationally on the Independent Film Channel.
- At the 2006 Spokane International Film Festival, EMAF was represented by Monster in the Mansion, by Jeremy Lokken (B.A. 2004), Twist of Fate by Lokken and Travis Graham (B.A. 2005) and Resolutions by Kurt Wetherill, Adam Boyd, David McMullen, Cody Wetherill, Jaime Ramirez, Rick Bergh, Jedediah Dima, and Steven Wilber will play as part of the 48 Hour Competition Winners. Assistant Professor Pete Porter introduced Mongolian Ping Pong and Keane and led discussions after both films.
- EMAF was well-represented in Spokane's First Night film festival. Twist of Fate by Jeremy Lokken (B.A. 2004) and Travis Graham (B.A. 2005) won the Jury Award. Resolutions by Kurt Wetherill, Adam Boyd, David McMullen, Cody Wetherill, Jaime Ramirez, Rick Bergh, Jedediah Dima, and Steven Wilber won the People's Choice Award. Everything Soft by Larkin Mullin, Fernando Bautista, Mark Mathews, Phil Anderson, and Bryce Woodworth was a finalist.
- Monster in the Mansion, by Jeremy Lokken (B.A. 2004) and Stillwater, by Vincent S. Lombardi (B.A. 2004), screened as part of Film Night on Thursday November 10th at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane.
- Blind Eye, by Thomas P. Dineen (B.A. 2005) and Curiosity by Robin Lonborg (B.A. 2005) were Quarterfinalists in the 2005 American Gem Short Script Contest. The Bicycle by Ian Tindell (B.A. 2006 anticipated) was one of the top 300 scripts. All three scripts were written for EMAF 321.
- Blind Eye, by Thomas P. Dineen (B.A. 2005) was a Quarterfinalist in the 2005 International Screenwriting Awards Competition.
- The Monster in the Mansion, by Jeremy Lokken (B.A. 2004) won 1st place in the Animation category of the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi. Monster has also been selected to screen at Fargo '05: The Film Festival, the 8th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival and Premiere 2004 Animation and Video Festival. Monster was produced as Lokken's senior project in production.
- Cut, a music video by Adam Penley, won 3rd place in the Music category of the 2004-2005 College Television Awards, also known as Student Emmys, which are given by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
- The New Girl, a drama by Amanda Miseirvitch (B.A. 2004) won Best Student Film at the Forx Film Fest on November 12 and 13 at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Girl was produced as Miseirvitch's senior project in production.
- Ghost Buster Gals, a documentary by Sean Puno (B.A. 2004), was selected to screen at the juried 31st Annual Northwest Film and Video Festival on November 5-13 in Portland, Oregon. Gals was produced in Fall '03 Advanced Production.
- Mayfield Jester, a short screenplay by Angela Schwendiman (B.A., 2000, M.A. 2003), was a 3rd place winner at the 3rd Annual American Gem Competition. Jester, an adaptation of Ring Lardner's "Haircut," was written as a graduate project.
- Last Day, a short screenplay by Vincent S. Lombardi (B.A. 2004), was named to the Special Honor List of the 3rd Annual American Gem Competition. Day was written in Writing for the Filmic Arts I.
- Late Fee, a short screenplay by Bette Jewel Eissler (B.A. 2004), was named to the Special Honor List of the 3rd Annual American Gem Competition. Fee was written in Writing for the Filmic Arts I.
- shey, a documentary by Vince Lombardi (B.A. 2004), was selected to screen at the 16th annual Newsfest at Loews Cineplex in NYC. shey was produced in Advanced Production.