Students were challenged to submit five minute films that were made in 48 hours, and each film needed to include three things: a shot of Alumni Hall, an umbrella, and the use of the phrase, “Are you going to eat that?”
Perhaps the most creative use of the latter was juniors Anthony Ingerick and Ivan Keta and sophomores Sam Huntley and Jake Maryott’s surrealist “Pica,” whose name refers to a compulsive consumption or craving of non-food items. The film, therefore, portrayed a surrealist, drug-induced haze in which people eat inedible items like worms.
“Once we decided we didn’t want the ‘food’ to be food, we sort of just latched onto that,” Huntley said.
Staying true to the three parameters, the film included an umbrella duel on top of Alumni Hall. The film won “Most Creative Story” and “Best Ensemble,” chosen by a panel of faculty and administrators.
“We wanted to go the surrealist route. … We just went into the associative ideas because we said it can’t … make sense, or else it’s a narrative,” Maryott said.
The festival included eight films, including post-baccalaureate fellow Casey Samoore ’12 and seniors Sam Haberneh and Ryan Cuscaden’s film “One Way to End An Argument” and freshmen Becky Hixon, Katie Hutton, Holden Meier, Casey Mendoza and Carly Taylor’s “Why,” which was written on a bus ride back from Chicago.
Also at the festival was senior Sean Nolan and sophomores Caleb Fridell, Frank Foster-Bolton and Oscar Hallas’s “A Wolf in Dame’s Clothing,” which appeared to be well received.
The film was presented in a film noir genre, based on the 1941 Humphrey Bogart classic “Maltese Falcon.”
“I just had the idea of this joke of these two bad guys having a conversation and then the dame who they think is a woman standing up and taking the dress off and saying ‘I’m not a dame, I’m a private eye’ and we went with it. We thought imitating film noir would be something fun to try out,” Nolan said. “And I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, in terms of representing the genre.”
The film won “Best Vision,” “Best Editing” and “Fan Favorite,” bringing home the most awards of the night.
“I think people liked it a lot,” Foster-Bolton said. “I think people laughed, and it was our goal to make a movie that at first appeared serious but was really funny and made a play at the noir genre. It was filmed beautifully. It was interesting. I just got to enjoy it.”
The event was well attended, drawing over eighty people into the Roger Taylor Lounge.
“I’m really proud of my fellow film clubbers and film makers and students that I didn’t know were interested in making film. I really just can’t express how proud I am of my peers … seeing such a turn out attendance-wise and for the actual contest, I think we created something good,” Film Club president junior Markie Jo Crismon said.
Crismon expressed an interest in doing the event again next year along with events like Film Term.
“We want this to be sort of like a Knox staple. We want it to be part of the repertoire of the events that we host,” Crismon said.