Colorado College News: Film and Media Studies, CC Collects Seven Awards at Film Festival Mon, 30 Apr 2018 16:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College won seven awards out of a total possible 12 at the second biennial <a href="">Associated Colleges of the Midwest Film Conference and Festival</a>, held April 20-22 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.</p> <p>The event showcases the best creative and academic work from student filmmakers, screenwriters, and scholars from ACM-affiliated campuses, and provides a forum for students to exchange perspectives and learn from distinguished media artists and professionals. More than 50 CC student and recent alumni projects were presented and nominated for numerous awards.<br /><br />Those taking home awards were:<br /><strong></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Kendall Rock &rsquo;15</strong>, Cinematic Artistry Award for &ldquo;Start a War&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Esther Chan &rsquo;16</strong>, Social Impact Award for &ldquo;In the Meadows&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Kendall Rock &rsquo;15</strong>, Out of the Box Award for &ldquo;Dear Mulatto Son&rdquo; (featuring <strong>Clay Edwards &rsquo;17</strong>)</li> <li><strong>Julia Greene &rsquo;18</strong>, Best Screenplay for &ldquo;The Presidents the Musical in Space on Ice&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Charlie Stewart &rsquo;20</strong>, Honorable Mention Screenplay Award for &ldquo;Dawn&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Charlie Theobald '17</strong>, Honorable Mention&nbsp;in the &ldquo;Best of the Midwest" (best overall film category)&nbsp;for&nbsp;&ldquo;May&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Eliza Mott &rsquo;17</strong>,&nbsp;Honorable Mention in the&nbsp;&ldquo;Best of the Midwest&rdquo; (best overall film category) for &ldquo;Reclaiming Rosas&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>A grant&nbsp;from the Dean's Office Student Conference Presentation Fund allowed five current CC students, <strong>Clay Pierce &rsquo;21, </strong>Greene<strong>, Miriam Brown &rsquo;21, Mary Sorich &rsquo;19,</strong> and <strong>Jen Middleton &rsquo;21</strong>, as well as Film and Media Studies paraprofessional <strong>Sophia Capp &rsquo;17</strong>, the paraprofessional for&nbsp;<a href="">CC's Film and Media Studies</a> program, to travel to the event.</p> <p>Another highlight of the festival was the Lawrence Theatre Arts students performing a selection from Greene&rsquo;s prize-winning screenplay, &ldquo;The Presidents the Musical in Space on Ice.&rdquo;</p> Film Program Partners with Rocky Mountain PBS Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:30:00 MST ]]> <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="">Film and Media Studies</a>&nbsp;program is partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS to create &ldquo;In Short,&rdquo; a student-centered, student-curated series that showcases student-produced films.</p> <p>RMPBS originally created &ldquo;In Short&rdquo; to showcase films made in the <a href="">Colorado Documentary Project</a>, a Colorado College summer course taught by assistant professors of Film and Media Studies Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell. The show&rsquo;s first season, last year, showcased five episodes of exclusively CC student documentary work.&nbsp;Film and Media Studies recently received a $2,500 grant from the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media Education to help support the program.</p> <p>The long-term vision for the show&nbsp;is to highlight student films from across the state &mdash; and that&rsquo;s where Colorado College students come&nbsp;in. Working under the supervision of Nelson, Haskell, and Film and Media paraprofessional <strong>Sophie Capp &rsquo;17</strong>, a&nbsp;team of CC student programmers&nbsp;will solicit works, select the strongest films, engage with filmmakers to make&nbsp;necessary&nbsp;changes, and finally, create thematic programs and deliver the shows &mdash; including technical, legal, and promotional materials &mdash; to the network. The students will receive professional&nbsp;producing credit for the season&rsquo;s shows.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an opportunity to work professionally with your peers,&rdquo; says Capp. &ldquo;You can really learn what goes into putting a television show together.&rdquo; The program was mentioned in a recent story in <em>Seventeen</em> titled <a href="">"The Best Colleges for Every Major."</a></p> <p>As supervising producer of the show, Capp has worked closely with the student team and with RMPBS executives, notably producer Kate Perdoni. The student programming team for season 2 includes <strong>Meron Afutu &rsquo;18, Will Stockton &rsquo;18, Lily Green &rsquo;18, Kai Cintorino &rsquo;18, Mary Sorich &rsquo;18, </strong>and <strong>Ella Grossman &rsquo;19</strong>.</p> <p>The creation of the second season of &ldquo;In Short&rdquo; currently is underway, with 10 episodes in progress. Season 2, which will air region-wide beginning in May, will draw on the library of recently produced Colorado College student films, from fiction to experimental to documentary, as the student programmers develop a set of evaluative criteria and protocols, helping to define and identify &ldquo;quality&rdquo; when selecting films for the second season of the show, as well as ensuring a diversity of themes and filmic forms. Nelson says Season 2 will provide the team with the experience necessary to expand the program in future seasons. Beginning with Season 3 (2018-19), the team will solicit works from film students statewide.</p> <p>The opportunities for Colorado College students are numerous. In addition to receiving producing credit, they learn to deliver films that meet PBS&rsquo;s technical specifications, develop professional relationships with other filmmakers, learn to impose and enforce deadlines, negotiate contracts, and navigate the tricky territory of recommending cuts or edits to a film &ndash; and how to proceed if the filmmaker objects. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been able to learn more the collaborative work that goes into preparing a show for broadcast,&rdquo; says <strong>Lily Green &rsquo;19</strong>. As an aspiring filmmaker, this experience has helped me understand what it takes to make and distribute projects for wider audiences.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It gives students a different viewpoint when looking at films&mdash;including their own,&rdquo; Nelson says. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled with the opportunity for our students to contribute to and grow our state&rsquo;s film culture.&rdquo;</p> CC Students’ Work to Air on Rocky Mountain PBS Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:45:00 MDT <p>Rocky Mountain PBS has created a new series, called &ldquo;In Short,&rdquo; to showcase student films created in the Colorado Documentary Project, a two-block Colorado College Summer Session course taught by CC Assistant Professors of Film and &nbsp;Media Studies Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell in 2014 and 2015.</p> <p>The series preview, titled &ldquo;Lives of Agriculture,&rdquo; airs at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, and features four films by students who participated in CC&rsquo;s Colorado Documentary Project. &nbsp;The films are &ldquo;Labor of Love&rdquo; by <strong>Francesca Mastrianni &rsquo;18</strong>; &ldquo;The Farmer&rdquo; and &ldquo;Duke of the<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Chutes,&rdquo; both by <strong>Dan Levitt &rsquo;15</strong>; and &ldquo;Life by the Horns&rdquo; by Jillian Banner &rsquo;17, a student at Carleton College who participated in the CC Summer Session course. &nbsp;Four additional episodes are scheduled to air in October on Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), with Haskell and Nelson serving as executive producers of all five episodes.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Short&rdquo; eventually&nbsp;will include&nbsp;student films from across Colorado, but the first five episodes feature exclusively work done in CC&rsquo;s Colorado Documentary Project or documentary work done by a CC student. Seventeen of the films are from the summer documentary project; one is a 2015&nbsp;thesis film that fit thematically with the others. &ldquo;Clay Haskell and I created the Colorado Documentary Project out of a desire to showcase local stories for local audiences,&rdquo; says Nelson.</p> <p>The&nbsp;goal of the&nbsp;Colorado Documentary Project was to promote gripping storytelling, original research, and community-building through the production and distribution of documentary films about the region.&nbsp;The CC summer course&nbsp;provided&nbsp;a rigorous and creative filmmaking education, bridged by real-world professional experience.&nbsp;Students produced their own films while examining the history, codes, and conventions of the documentary form, as well as participating in externships at partnering&nbsp;Front Range organizations.</p> <p>&ldquo;RMPBS was supportive from the outset&mdash;part of the course involved writing a proposal, pitching the story to a panel of RMPBS programmers, and receiving in-progress feedback &mdash;so it&rsquo;s terrific to see that relationship now culminating in broadcast,&rdquo; Nelson says.</p> <p>Julie Speer, senior executive producer for Rocky Mountain PBS, is enthusiastic about working with Colorado College faculty and students. &ldquo;It has been such a pleasure to work with Dylan and Clay and their students over the past two years. We are continually inspired by both the students&rsquo; passion and professionalism and hope this partnership continues to grow,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;All too often film students head to Los Angeles or New York, but Colorado has a strong creative industry and I&rsquo;d love to see some of these talented students stay in Colorado and make their careers here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some of the films to be featured<a href=""> can be previewed here</a>. &nbsp;The complete &ldquo;In Short&rdquo; schedule includes:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;Lives of Agriculture&rdquo; (Episode 1). The series premiere on Aug. 18 will air again in October.</li> <li>&ldquo;Expressions&rdquo; (Episode 2) with films &ldquo;Home&rdquo; by <strong>Angela Kong &rsquo;17</strong>; &ldquo;Zinesters: The Art of Individualism in the Era of Mass Media&rdquo; by <strong>Djake Carroll &rsquo;16</strong>; &ldquo;Movement for Movement&rsquo;s Sake&rdquo; by <strong>Thomas Crandall '16</strong>; and &ldquo;Open&rdquo; by <strong>McKenzie Ross &rsquo;15</strong>.</li> <li>&ldquo;Place and Space&ldquo; (Episode 3) with films &ldquo;Magic at Miramont&rdquo; by <strong>Ana Pena &rsquo;15</strong>; &ldquo;Center Stage&rdquo; by Paul Partridge &rsquo;16, a student from Wesleyan; and &ldquo;On Track&rdquo; and &ldquo;For Spacemen, and Earth Families,&rdquo; both by <strong>Robert Mahaffie &rsquo;15</strong>.</li> <li>&nbsp;Helping Hands (Episode 4) with films &ldquo;Zero Waste&rdquo; by <strong>Mitra Ghaffari &rsquo;17</strong>; &ldquo;The Rescuers&rdquo; by <strong>Jeremy Flood &rsquo;15</strong>; and &ldquo;Turning Point&rdquo; by <strong>Charlie Theobald &rsquo;17</strong>.</li> <li>Domestic and Wild (Episode 5) with films &ldquo;In Training&rsquo; by <strong>Josh Lauer &rsquo;19</strong>; &ldquo;Thrown to the Wolves&rdquo; by <strong>Brooke Davis &rsquo;16</strong> and Nick Tucker &rsquo;17, a student from the University of Vermont; and &ldquo;Movement,&rdquo; by <strong>Eliza Densmore &rsquo;15</strong>, her thesis film.</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;Many of the students whose work is profiled in &lsquo;In Short&rsquo; had never made a film before our course,&rdquo; Nelson says. &ldquo;Excited as we are to see their movies air, it's important to remember that the process of filmmaking itself&mdash;listening, learning, creating, revising, and sharing&mdash;is what&rsquo;s transformative. I&rsquo;ve been moved by how profoundly students grow when they turn their attention thoughtfully outward, as they've done in making these projects.&rdquo;</p> CC Films Sweep ACM Festival Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>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.<br /><br />Of the 150 submissions received for the competition, 38 films by CC students or recent alumni were accepted&mdash;and 13 of the 38 were nominated for &ldquo;best of&rdquo; 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 &ldquo;Best of the Midwest.&rdquo;<br /><br />Colorado College filmmakers won awards for:</p> <ul> <li>Best of the Midwest, 1st place: &ldquo;Barkley 100&rdquo; by <strong>Brendan Young &rsquo;14</strong></li> <li>Best of the Midwest, 2nd runner up: &ldquo;Solo&rdquo; by <strong>Thomas Crandall &rsquo;16, Andrew DesLauriers &rsquo;16</strong>,&nbsp;and <strong>Elle Gannon &rsquo;18</strong></li> <li>Social Impact (most potential to change or inform): &ldquo;Turning Point&rdquo; by <strong>Charles Theobald &rsquo;17</strong></li> <li>Production Value (most professional): &ldquo;Black Forest&rdquo; by <strong>Robert Mahaffie &rsquo;15</strong></li> <li>Original Concept (most unique): &ldquo;XO&rdquo; by <strong>Kaitlyn&nbsp;Hickmann &rsquo;18, Georgia Griffis &rsquo;18</strong>, and <strong>Corrina Leatherwood &rsquo;18</strong></li> <li>Best Screenplay: &ldquo;Dog Days&rdquo; by <strong>Malcolm Barnes &rsquo;15, </strong><strong>Charley Bayley &rsquo;15</strong>, and <strong>Dillon Tanner &rsquo;15</strong></li> </ul> <p>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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.</p> CC's Visiting Writers Series Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s Visiting Writers Series is bringing a host of writers to campus this spring, and all the events free and open to the public. Check out the upcoming schedule:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Block 7</span></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Warren Zanes<br /></em></strong><strong><em>Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall<br /></em></strong>Former member of the Del Fuegos and vice president at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, currently the executive director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Zanes reads and discusses his newest work, &ldquo;Petty: A Biography.&rdquo; Funded by the NEH Professorship.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Ross Gresham and Ann Perramond<br /></em></strong><strong><em>Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Bemis Great Hall<br /></em></strong>Gresham, author of the forthcoming mystery novel &ldquo;White Shark,&rdquo; reads with Colorado Springs&rsquo; own Anne Myers, author of the culinary cozy mystery &ldquo;Bread of the Dead&rdquo; and the forthcoming &ldquo;Cinco de Mayhem.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Block 8</span><br /> </strong><strong><em>Byron F. Aspaas,&nbsp;Jennifer Foerster,&nbsp;Paige Buffington, and&nbsp;James Thomas Stevens</em></strong><strong><br /> </strong><strong><em>Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall</em></strong><em><br /> </em>Colorado Springs author Byron F. Aspaas, Din&eacute;, reads with former Stegner Fellow Jennifer Foerster, Muscogee Nation, author of &ldquo;Leaving Tulsa,&rdquo; a finalist for the 2014 Open Book Awards; Paige Buffington, Din&eacute;, a three-time recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship; and James Thomas Stevens, Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, author of seven books of poetry, including &ldquo;Combing the Snakes from His Hair,&rdquo; which won a Whiting Writer&rsquo;s Award, and &ldquo;A Bridge Dead in the Water,&rdquo; a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Funded by the N.E.H. Professorship.&nbsp;</p> <p>The series is sponsored by the Colorado College English Department with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment.&nbsp;For more information, call (719) 389-6853.</p> Kendall Rock ’15 Screens “God’s in the Garage” at Big Sky Film Fest Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:00 MST <p>&ldquo;I really want people to be able to see the power of music and of art, and the way it works in so many different people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; says Kendall Rock &rsquo;15 of her film &ldquo;God&rsquo;s in the Garage.&rdquo; &nbsp;She&rsquo;s sharing her work with the world, on the big screen at the <a href="">2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival</a> in Montana Feb. 19-28.</p> <p>The documentary short explores the interactions and conflicts between faith and music. Featuring Seattle artists Allen Stone, Zach Fleury, Noah Gundersen, and Galen Disston (Pickwick), the film also follows Colorado musician Brian Wight as he chooses between his artistry and the prospects of a comfortable lifestyle guaranteed by a church job.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was raised in the church in Seattle, but had a lot of issues with it as I got older and went to college. I started paying attention to the type of music I was listening to and realized that a lot of the artists I liked had a similar Christian background,&rdquo; Rock says of her inspiration for the film. &ldquo;Struggles with faith was a theme in their music, and I wanted to know more about how they processed that struggle through their art. For a lot of these musicians, music was their religion or their higher power, and I was really interested in learning about that.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;God&rsquo;s in the Garage&rdquo; was Rock&rsquo;s thesis film as a film and new media studies major at CC. After debuting the film on campus last May, Rock was contacted by Doug Hawes-Davis, who was on campus as a visiting professor. He invited her to show the film at the Big Sky Festival in Missoula, Montana. Since then, she&rsquo;s had to keep the film under wraps until the screening at Big Sky in February.</p> <p>While Rock says it&rsquo;s scary to share such a personal and sensitive project with the masses, she&rsquo;s thrilled to be included in such a major festival. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll get to go to see films and attend the filmmaker parties. I&rsquo;ll be mingling with real filmmakers; I&rsquo;m excited. Then I can finally put it online, and move on.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rock has several other projects already in the works, including a film she shot over the summer while working with a conservation group in Alaska. That will be released soon on <a href="">Rock&rsquo;s blog</a>. And, she has plenty of ideas to pursue. &ldquo;I want to do more with music, the best part of this film was working with other creative people and talking with them about the way they process their lives through their art.&nbsp; At the same time I was making my art, going through my own process, so I want to do more of that.&rdquo;</p> Cornerstone Arts Week: Feb. 22-26 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:30:00 MST ]]> <p><a href="">Colorado College&rsquo;s Cornerstone Arts Week&nbsp;</a>is a series of talks, screenings,<span>&nbsp;</span>performances, and exhibits that celebrates artistic collaboration around an annual theme. The theme for 2016 is &ldquo;Where Is Hollywood?&rdquo; and director, actor, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich is the keynote speaker. The week is part of the larger Cornerstone Arts Initiative, a 13-year-old program that stresses collaborative interdisciplinary arts teaching linked by current and developing technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the 2016 keynote speaker, Bogdanovich joins a long line of renowned Cornerstone Arts Initiative speakers, including Camille Paglia, Sandra Bernhard, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Jane Krakowski, Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, Maz Jobrani, Art Spiegelman and, last year, Robert Pinsky.<br /><br />The Friday, Feb. 26 event features&nbsp;<strong>Andrew Goldstein &rsquo;09</strong> and Robyn Tong Gray, co-founders of Otherworld Interactive, who&nbsp;<a href="">will discuss virtual world-making</a>. After the presentation, participants will be able to view Otherworld&rsquo;s mobile virtual reality apps and experience their Sundance-selected project, &ldquo;Sisters.&rdquo;</p> <p>All events in CC's 2016 Cornerstone Arts Week are free and open to the public.</p> Andrew Goldstein ’09, co-founder of Otherworld Interactive, to speak at CC Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:15:00 MST ]]> <p>Just one month in, and <strong>Andrew Goldstein &rsquo;09</strong> has already had a busy 2016.</p> <p>The co-founder and executive producer for the year-and-a-half-old Culver City, California-based Otherworld Interactive attended Sundance Film Festival, where his company&rsquo;s virtual reality project &ldquo;Sisters&rdquo; was featured alongside 40 other VR projects in the New Frontier exhibition.</p> <p>Sundance attendees experienced the ghost story one of two ways: &ldquo;tethered&rdquo; through the HTC Vive, or &ldquo;mobile&rdquo; with headphones and a Samsung Gear &mdash; a high-end head mount display &mdash; which &ldquo;is like a 3D movie, except it&rsquo;s all around you, 360 degrees. &hellip; you can walk around and up to objects and explore,&rdquo; Goldstein explains.<br /><br />Anyone can try it from home. With a cell phone and a Google Cardboard or similar device (a simple and inexpensive viewer that attaches around a phone), it&rsquo;s as easy as downloading the free &ldquo;Sisters&rdquo; app through the Google Play store.</p> <p>Which lots of people have been doing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sisters has passed 650,000 downloads,&rdquo; Goldstein says, &ldquo;which is amazing considering there are probably only 5 million or so Virtual Reality Users out there. So we&rsquo;re like 12 to 15 percent of market penetration, which is absurd. It&rsquo;s really crazy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Crazy &mdash; and getting noticed, because also this month <em><a href=",2817,2498244,00.asp">PC Magazine ran a feature</a></em> on Otherworld Interactive, Goldstein and his co-founder Robyn Tong Gray.</p> <p>&ldquo;It talks a lot about our approach, how we're trying to get involved in this industry, not really by building a giant organization, but really focusing on telling stories and creating really interesting and experimental content in virtual reality,&rdquo; Goldstein says.</p> <p>And not just in the horror realm. Their storytelling has ranged from &ldquo;Share the Science,&rdquo; an educational project addressing global warming; a Parisian ambient experience for Oculus called &ldquo;Caf&eacute; &Acirc;me&rdquo; that Goldstein says &ldquo;puts people in the body of someone else&rdquo;; and, for the gamers, the space-themed &ldquo;roboBLITERATION.&rdquo;</p> <p>Come Feb. 26, Goldstein and Gray will present at Colorado College as part of Cornerstone Arts Week. Attendees can join in for their free presentation, &ldquo;<a href=";amp;Title=Cornerstone-Arts-Week:-Andrew-Goldstein-and-Robyn-Tong-Gray,-&amp;quot;Empathy,-Entrepeneurship,-and-Virtual-Worldmaking&amp;quot;&amp;amp;View=Month">Empathy, Entrepreneurship and Virtual Worldmaking</a>,&rdquo; and experience a little bit of Sundance through an on-campus viewing of &ldquo;Sisters.&rdquo;</p> Kendall Rock ’15 Showcases Photography in Huffington Post Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 MST <p>By <strong>Montana Bass ’17</strong> </p><p> Powerful photographs by Kendall Rock ’15, a film and media studies major, have been featured in a <i>Huffington Post</i> article <a href="">titled “The Truth About Refugees From a U.S. Student Abroad,</a>” written by Jackie Montalvo, a student at Northwestern University. </p><p> Since graduation, Rock has worked as a freelance photographer. “I’ve never really contemplated my passion for photography,” she said. “I just have a passion for people, and like photographing them. I’m an observer, and I’m really lucky to have the skills to make a career out of capturing people’s moments and stories.” </p><p> In this most recent project, Rock’s photos accompany Montalvo’s article addressing the detached mindset often applied to the Syrian refugee crisis. By explaining her experience working with non-governmental organizations in Turkey and Greece, and juxtaposing a Grecian willingness to provide refuge with growing American suspicion toward refugees, the author encourages Americans to see the individuality and humanity of the people making up the masses. </p><p> To drive her point home, Montalvo includes Rock’s heartwarming pictures of refugees, mostly children, taken during Rock’s time in Greece with Lisa Hughes, adjunct associate professor of English, for the course Romantic Comedy and the Blue World. Realizing the opportunity for the class to contribute to crisis relief, Rock began working with the Salvation Army in Athens’ Victoria Square. Eventually, she worked with Hughes to coordinate efforts with the Salvation Army in the context of class discussions. <a href="">They also organized a drive to collect funds from the CC community to contribute to the Salvation Army’s efforts</a>. </p> <p class="cc-news-img-right-200"> <img src="" class="photo" width="200"><br>Rock's photos, like this one, were featured in the Huffington Post piece on refugees in Greece. </p> <p> It was during this time that Rock snapped the shots included in Montalvo’s article. “In Victoria Square, I kept my head on a swivel for moments, but I made sure that I always asked permission before I snapped a photo of someone, especially when I was photographing children. Hardly anyone spoke English, so I would hold up my camera and gesture to their child and ask, ‘OK?’ Some people said no, and some kids and young men came running toward me and posed, and then asked to see the photos and posed again and again,” she explained. </p><p> Rock has a knack for capturing photos that express the individuality of her subjects. From the refugees featured in the article to clients featured on her website, <a href=""></a>, personalities jump from the screen. “I rarely enter a photo situation looking for something specific (not really even when I photograph weddings), I instead just observe and have my camera ready all the time,” she said. </p><p> In May 2015, Rock’s filmmaking was recognized with the <a href="">Richard A. Lewis Memorial Film Award</a>, selected by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty to honor the best student film of the year. Her thesis film, "God's in the Garage," premiered at the JP2 Interfaith Film Festival in Miami, where it was also honored with a nomination for Best Documentary Short. Currently, Rock lives in Copenhagen and is editing a documentary about Alaska she filmed this past summer. She will return to the United States in the near future where she said she’ll continue with her work in photography and videography.</p> Students, Alumnus Contribute to Upcoming Film Festival Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:00:00 MDT <p>Colorado College has three connections to this year&rsquo;s <a href="">Rocky Mountain Women&rsquo;s Film Festival</a>,&nbsp;scheduled for Nov. 13-15.<br /><br />Films by two student filmmakers,<strong> Francesca Mastrianni &rsquo;18</strong>, a film and media studies major, and Jillian Banner, a visiting student from Carleton College, have been accepted into the 2015 festival. Additionally, the event includes an exclusive screening of &ldquo;Sherpa,&rdquo; Jennifer Preedom&rsquo;s film which features the high-altitude cinematography of <strong>Renan Ozturk &rsquo;02,</strong> who served as director of photography.<br /><br />Mastrianni&rsquo;s 8-minute film, &ldquo;Labor of Love,&rdquo; chronicles the experiences of two very different Arkansas Valley farmers; one a fourth-generation farmer, the other in his first year of farming. Banner&rsquo;s 9-minute film, &ldquo;Life by the Horns,&rdquo; explores the world of professional rodeo clowns. Both films were created in Colorado College&rsquo;s two-block summer course, <a href="">The Colorado Documentary Project</a>, taught by Assistant Professors of Film and Media Clay Haskell and Dylan Nelson. The two films will be shown in the same viewing block at the festival, which starts at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Celeste Theatre in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.<br /><br />CC&rsquo;s Colorado Documentary Project is dedicated to gripping storytelling, original research, and community-building through the production and distribution of documentary films about the region. Mastrianni worked with the Arkansas Valley Growers Association and the local Venetucci Farms, and Banner worked with the ProRodeo Hall of Fame to help find their stories.<br /><br />Ozturk, a biology major who discovered his passion for climbing while at CC, is fluent in Nepali, a globally recognized expedition climber, landscape artist, and filmmaker. He was one of the cinematographers for &ldquo;Meru,&rdquo; a documentary about the first ascent of the &ldquo;Shark&rsquo;s Fin&rdquo; route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.<br /><br />&ldquo;Sherpa,&rdquo; a 96-minute documentary, is Ozturk&rsquo;s first Everest climbing/filming trip. The director set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view, and instead captured a tragedy when an avalanche struck, killing 16 Sherpas. The film shows how the Sherpas united after the tragedy in the face of fierce opposition. The 96-minute film is part of a double-feature that opens with &ldquo;Duke Riley Goes to China&rdquo; at 7 p.m.; Sherpa is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Celeste Theatre in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.<br /><br />The Rocky Mountain Women&rsquo;s Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the country dedicated solely to films by and about women; it is very selective and highly regarded in the national film community. The festival takes place at Colorado College venues and the nearby Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.</p>