School of Motion Pictures & Television Celebrates Filmfest 2006
Proud filmmakers recently walked away with glass awards and special prizes during the Filmfest
2006 awards ceremony. The Filmfest is held annually in May at the end of the Spring semester for
Motion Picture & Television students.
This year's special guests included President Elisa Stephens, Executive Vice President Sue
Rowley, Vice President Martha Weeck and Executive Vice President Rachel Lee. Presenters of the
awards included esteemed Motion Pictures & Television instructors and the directors: Jack Isgro
(Director) who hosted the evening, Diane Baker (Director of Acting), Jonathan Fung (Associate
Director), Curran Engel (Senior Portfolio Instructor), Karen Hirst (Acting Instructor), Shaaron
Murphy (Editing Coordinator) and Hugh Litfin (Lead Cinematography Instructor). Also on hand were
Eduardo Rufeisen (MFA Coordinator) and Elan Santiago (Technical Director).
Awards were presented to the winners of Epidemic Film Festivals held last fall and this spring.
Recipients were Casimir Fornalski for
Mate, Andrea Turner for
White Flag, and Jason Pangilinan for
Paper + Pencil.
The winner of Best Sound Design was Desiree Green for her work on
The Passenger. Desiree received a gift certificate from Adolph Gasser's, Inc. Carolina
Solorzano won the Best Experimental Picture award for
Prose and received a gift certificate from JCX Expendables, Inc.
The Best Cinematography and Best Music Video awards went to Bilal Lashari for
Hungami Halaat. Eastman Kodak Company provided a gift certificate for Lashari.
Best Production Design was shared by P.J. Koll and Phillip Briggs for their work on
Woolite: Save the Princess which also earned Koll the awards for Best Commercial and Best
Director. A gift certificate from Alexander Books was awarded to Briggs and a Sekonic Light Meter
from B&H Photo Video in New York went to Koll as Best Director.
In addition to the award winners, the festival judges recognized two additional commercials with
"honorable mention" awards. These were
Mustang: Joy Ride by P.J. Koll and
Sharpie by Kyoung (Jenny) Kim.
Clips of scenes from this year’s Acting 5 classes featuring the work of Kenny Marrero, Ed
Rivas-Duke, Tom Pyron, Dana Lau, Fereshta Kazemi, Paul Reynolds, Ben Boucvalt, Chris Custodio,
Chris Escultera, Nicole Gonzales, David McCloughan, Aton Sans-Katz, Octay Ege Kozak, Yan Lee and
Valerie Brett were screened for the audience. The festival also showcased three exceptional
narrative shorts, which have been selected for exhibition in Spring Show. These three pieces were
not eligible for the Filmfest competition, as their total running time exceeded the 15-minute
maximum. The three narrative shorts were
Gordo by Juan Vincent Navarro, 2ND ROUND by Phillip Briggs and
Victor by Suzanne Randle and Lucia Castillo.
Filmfest 2006 was produced by Dan Berns and Diane Purcille. Matt Trovaten was the projectionist
and technical director of the event. Lauren Gee and Shaaron Murphy served as technical support. Al
Hernandez edited the clips of scenes from this year's Acting 5 classes.
Motion Pictures & Television wishes to particularly thank the following vendors for the
unflagging support of Filmfest festivals over the last five years: Adolph Gasser's, Inc.; Alexander
Book Company; Avid, Inc.; B & H Photo Video; Eastman Kodak Company, Inc.; JCX Expendables,
Inc.; Mamiya Corporation; and Monaco Labs.
For more information on our Motion Pictures & Television program, please visit our
Motion Pictures & Television School pages.