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Peanut butter and films

Nataliya Seryakova

Students showcased various art forms at the first annual Reel Art Festival. (Vicki Wang / Photo Assistant)

The Reel Art Festival offered an interesting array of creative medium to students through music, spoken word and film on Wednesday, April 11. The event was sponsored by the Student Film Union, WTSR, ink. and the Art Student Association.

The festival was in the works for a while as junior English major Samantha Zimbler, president of ink., said, “We were preparing it for a long time and trying to get everyone together and make it a great night.”

There was an interesting mix of works and propositions. For instance, Jeff Harrison, senior English major, asked, “Why can’t women be more like peanut butter?”

Even though Harrison later explained,“It is really the first time I have written in this style before,” his words captured the attention of the audience because they were so straightforward and evoked such a subliminal reaction.

In one of the musical highlights of the night, Matt Huston, senior journalism major and Signal staff writer, captured the audience with his soul-wrenching voice in a powerful acoustic performance.

Frank Sung, junior communication studies major, described Huston’s style as “a mixture of Radiohead and Neutral Milk Hotel — except more abandon.”

The event also included the showing of “Witness,” a movie directed by Josh Lewkowicz, freshman interactive multimedia major, which featured a chase scene, “Matrix” moves and cardboard guns.

The night concluded on a light note with the film “Hitler Gets Denied Housing,” directed by freshman history major Michael Cort.

Cort juxtaposed subtitles like, “First I cannot get Internet anywhere on campus and now this,” with footage of Hitler screaming furiously.

The event gave an outlet for young filmmakers to showcase their works in the midst of the musical and poetry performances typical at the College.


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