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SFUAD Students, Alumnus and Faculty Awarded at Two New Mexico Film Festivals

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The Film School at SFUAD has recently received accolades at two New Mexico film festivals, the 2015 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and the 2015 Gallup Film Festival.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

The Festival Director’s Choice Award as well as the Audience Choice Award (Narrative Feature) went to “Harry & Avis,” directed by SFUAD contributing Film School faculty member Nathan Hollis. The
Best Santa Fe Student Short went to “Music Box” directed by SFUAD film student Amy West.

In addition to the winning films, The Film School at SFUAD also had several other films in the festival. The film “Dorothea Lange” was edited by SFUAD contributing faculty member, David Leach; SFUAD full-time faculty member Hank Rogerson had an acting role in “Bare”; Faculty Chair Chris Eyre was an executive producer of the documentary, “The Seventh Fire” (also executive produced by Natalie Portman); contributing faculty member Lisa Lucas produced “A Thousand Voices,” and other SFUAD student shorts were screened at multiple theatres in Santa Fe throughout the weekend.

Gallup Film Festival

“The Disposables,” from Season 3 of Shoot the Stars! ® was also recently awarded Best Short Comedy in the 2015 Gallup Film Festival. Film School alumnus Matt Page (’05) won Best Actor in a Short for his role in the film. “The Disposables” is a comedy-farce written by two SFUAD film majors. It was inspired by the backstory of the lead character from the hit Web series “Enter the Dojo,” which is written and directed by and stars Page (who has also acted in Manhattan, Longmire and Breaking Bad). Page appeared in “The Disposables” alongside Hollywood stars Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) and John Diehl (John Q, The Punisher, The Shield). Peter Crowder (’15) directed the film. Other Shoot the Stars! films have previously been selections at the AMFM Fest, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and other festivals.

SFUAD Film School senior Kim Becenti won several awards at the same festival, including Audience Award for Best Director for her short film, “Last December,” which also won the Audience Award for Best Actress (Julie Otero). Becenti’s other short film “Tsii” won the Audience Award for Best Editing.

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