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CC Films Sweep ACM Festival

From left: Michaela Kobsa-Mark ’15, Georgia Griffis ’18, Kaitlyn Hickmann ’18, Caitlin Taber ’17, Francesca Mastrianni ’18, Chauncey Crail ’17, Robert Mahaffie ’15, Lukey Walden ’17, Corrina Leatherwood ’18, and Esther Chan ’16.

Colorado College swept the awards at the first ACM Film Festival, held April 1-3 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Nine institutions in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) consortium participated.

Of the 150 submissions received for the competition, 38 films by CC students or recent alumni were accepted—and 13 of the 38 were nominated for “best of” awards. CC filmmakers went on to sweep the awards, taking first place in each of the five categories as well as second runner-up in the “Best of the Midwest.”

Colorado College filmmakers won awards for:

  • Best of the Midwest, 1st place: “Barkley 100” by Brendan Young ’14
  • Best of the Midwest, 2nd runner up: “Solo” by Thomas Crandall ’16, Andrew DesLauriers ’16, and Elle Gannon ’18
  • Social Impact (most potential to change or inform): “Turning Point” by Charles Theobald ’17
  • Production Value (most professional): “Black Forest” by Robert Mahaffie ’15
  • Original Concept (most unique): “XO” by Kaitlyn Hickmann ’18, Georgia Griffis ’18, and Corrina Leatherwood ’18
  • Best Screenplay: “Dog Days” by Malcolm Barnes ’15, Charley Bayley ’15, and Dillon Tanner ’15

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies Dylan Nelson, who is teaching a Block 7 course in Hollywood on filmmaking, notes that five of the students who attended the festival took a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Appleton over the weekend, further proof of their dedication to filmmaking.

The films screened at the festival spanned genres ranging from documentaries and short narratives to animation and experimental, as well as music videos and public service announcements.

In addition to Colorado College and Lawrence University, other schools participating included Carleton College, Coe College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Luther College, Macalester College, and St. Olaf College.