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Winners announced for inaugural Indie Memphis Student Shorts

The first Indie Memphis Student Shorts showcase screened Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium to a crowd of more than 150 attendees, featuring the work of Memphis-area students from Overton High School, St. Agnes Academy, the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. The showcase gives students an opportunity to meet and network with fellow students from other area institutions, and provides them with a "training wheels" experience for the festival circuit, offering a bit of friendly competition and a greater chance of public exposure.



Of the more than 100 films submitted, 24 were selected to screen at the competitive showcase. A jury of industry professionals (William Bearden, DeAara Lewis and Edward Valibus Phillips) deliberated and the audience voted, with the following awards presented:










BEST IN SHOW
The Notorious Jesse James
by Eric Huber
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGHER EDUCATION
San Diego
by Whitney Howard, Jesse Hearn, Nathan Ball, Ben Cummings
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGH SCHOOL
(untitled)
by Jenna-Lee Geranios
[St. Agnes Academy]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGHER EDUCATION
Maxed Out
by Andrew Lebowitz
[Memphis College of Art]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGH SCHOOL
Nothing Less Than An Enemy
by Benny Balderrama, Jayelon Carr, Tiara Dickerson, Ashley Dillard,
Angelica Figures, Keenan Hall, Joshua Lee, Marktavius Littles,
Tasheena Mabry, Teairra McGaughy, Akili Mickens, Cierra Paige,
Erica Ross, Jessika Shields, Sarai Vaughn
[Overton High School]



HONORABLE MENTION - NARRATIVE SHORT
C'est Un Mime
by Jessica Biggs
[Memphis College of Art]



HONORABLE MENTION - DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Interview With Paul Eade
by Patrick Churvis
[University of Memphis]



HONORABLE MENTION - ANIMATED FILM
Survival of the Sweetest
by Michael Shaw
[Memphis College of Art]







 




 



 

 






Each winning film receives an automatic slot in the nationally-recognized Indie Memphis Film Festival (November 3-6), a 1-year Indie Memphis student membership with an incuded IFP community membership, a 1-year print subscription to MovieMaker Magazine, and an showcase award or certificate. Each winning film also received a pair of passes to a Malco Theatres film, with the exception of the BEST IN SHOW winner who received a $100 cash prize.



Indie Memphis Student Shorts is made possible with the support of the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission.