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6317-Open Frame Film Festival

6317-March 29, 2012

Malone University will host the eleventh annual Open Frame Student Film Festival Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. at the historic Canton Palace Theatre, located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission is $2. The two-hour event will feature student films from a variety of genres; a brief awards ceremony will follow.

This year's films include:

"The Moviegoers" - a project written by Taylor Hazlett (senior communication arts major form Millersburg) and Michael Popp; directed by Taylor Hazlett, who recently returned from the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where she wrote and directed multiple short films.  Taylor is currently finishing her Honors Thesis at Malone -- a feature-length screenplay dealing with The Beatles.

"Welcome to the Mind of Calpurnia T.J. Jones" -  is a fresh kind of coming-of-age comedy written & directed by Nate Merritt (sophomore communications arts major from Canton) and produced by Allie Sayre (sophomore communication arts major from Louisville) and Seth Yergin (sophomore communications arts major from Akron). This film has been funded by Kickstarter.

"Unbound" - a short documentary about wildlife rehabilitators in Northeastern Ohio was Kickstarter funded, shot and edited by Corinne Abbiss (senior communication arts major from Olmsted Township) and Laura Fawks. Corinne studies this semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, finishing her film degree at Malone.

"I Saw It" - a short short about fate and mystery written and directed by Cale Short (junior communications arts major from Archbold).  Cale made an additional film, "Home" - a creepy haunted short, that will also screen at the festival.

"The Ledge" - written and directed by Chloe Asselin (junior communication arts major from Canton), this serious short interrogates big questions in a unique way. "The Ledge" stars communication arts majors, Mike Lawson (junior from Beloit) and Erin Montgomery (sophomore from North Canton).

"Walt" - Junior film students Peter Simionides (of Canton) and Kim Farkas (of Lakewood) are filming a micro-documentary about the life of a local man who has experienced homelessness and many other life struggles.

"Pirates of the Fairway" - is a short short comedy written and directed by Mike Lawson (junior communication arts major from Beloit) features a strong cast, a local golf course, a national pirate-metal band, and the skilled cinematography of senior Michael Garwood (senior communications arts major from Plain City).

"Persuaded" -  scripted by Manda Fulwell and Bri Yeager (senior English major form Newton Falls), produced by Bri Yeager, directed by Jen Coblentz (senior communications arts major from Orville).  "Persuaded" follows last year's "Mansfield," another contemporary adaption of the spirit of Jane Austen.

"Hipsters vs. Yuppies: A Working Title for a Film Dealing with the Fate of the Universe" written & directed by Britney Redpath (junior business administration major from Massillon), produced by David Carmany (freshman communication arts major from Wellington) and Adrienne Sanden (junior English major from West Springfield, Penn.) and starring Akash Negi (sophomore integrated language arts major from Akron) - will be an epic comic quest by first time filmmakers.

Other projects you may see on screen? Include a breaking-social-norms doc by first-time Open Framer Phillip Palmer (sophomore exercise science major from Gahanna), a unique piece crafted by senior Michael Garwood (senior communication arts major from Plain City), a Malone Satire/Spoof helmed by Kristin Rayz (senior communication arts major from New Brighten, Penn.), a music video crafted by Syd Penn (sophomore communication arts major from Canton), a return performance by FlyByNature....and more...

For more information, visit: openframefilmfest.com

Since 2002, the festival has facilitated more than 70 short student films. Malone students have produced comedies, dramas, westerns, animated pieces, documentaries, music videos, and art films. The Open Frame also includes a number of training and development events throughout the year to help students develop their filmmaking and storytelling skills. Students are encouraged to collaborate with each other, community members, professionals and faculty to develop their films. Many of the students who make films for the Open Frame have gone on to make films after college, work in other media-related jobs, and work in Hollywood, Calif. Others have gone on to more varied professions including teaching, sales, ministry, management, journalism, music and public relations. The focus of the Open Frame continues to develop students' abilities to tell stories with groups in ways that shape, reflect, and transform their communities, the church, and the world.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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