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First CC Film Festival underway April 16 with screenings of award-winning movies by faculty, students, alumni

April 06, 2004
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For immediate release - April 6, 2004
Contact: Nina Lentini (860) 439-2505; nmlen@conncoll.edu

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The first annual Connecticut College Film Festival, highlighting the work of faculty, students and alumni, will take place at the college on April 16 and 17. The public is invited to attend all events, which are free.

On Friday, April 16, an opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. in the F.W. Olin Science Center. At 7:30 p.m., screenings will begin in the center´s auditorium of films by David Tetzlaff, associate professor of theater, who teaches motion picture production and film theory; Bailey Pryor, a local filmmaker who has taught at the college; Roxana Walker-Canton and Wendy Hammond, local filmmakers and visiting assistant professors in film studies at Connecticut College; and James Austin, assistant professor of French at the college, an expert in the French cinema.

Among the films to be shown is Pryor´s "Warren Miller´s Cold Fusion," which screened in more than 650 theaters worldwide and grossed more than $5 million. It is the 53rd annual Warren Miller film. Pryor has produced many of the Warren Miller films as well as a few others independently. He runs his own production company, Telemark Films, in Noank.

Hammond´s "Lehi´s Wife," which premiered at the American Film Institute and was shown at the Los Angeles Latino film festival, will also be shown.

Tetzlaff´s work has garnered a National Education Media Network Golden Apple and a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival for "The Amish and Us." His work with a former Connecticut College student led to several awards for "Left Behind," a film on AIDS in Africa .

On Saturday, April 17, student films will trace the evolution of the college´s film studies department and will include "Left Behind," the award-winning documentary by 2001 graduate Christof Putzel, which exposes the devastating impact of AIDS through the eyes and voices of Kenya´s children. Produced as an independent study project in the film studies program, the film has received the silver for Best Student Film at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, the Most Outstanding Documentary award at the 2002 Angelus Awards and HBO/Best Student Film Award as well as an Oscar for best documentary at the 2002 Student Academy Awards. It was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and at a hearing a Senate committee on international relations.

The Connecticut College film festival is being organized by senior Micah Weisberg, a film studies major who said he hopes the festival will "raise awareness of our quickly evolving film studies program and its unique, creative presence at the college."

In 2001 the college established the film studies major after offering it as an interdisciplinary minor since 1989, and received the backing of a $300,000 foundation grant in 2002. Connecticut College graduates who have gone on to careers in filmmaking include Sean Fine, class of 1996, who has won two national Emmys, a prize at the New York Film Festival, a Chris Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award and Mary Keil, class of 1970, whose independent film, "Angel Blue," appeared on the Lifetime channel under the title, "My Neighbor´s Daughter."

Ranked among the most selective private liberal arts colleges in the nation, Connecticut College has an enrollment of 1,800 men and women from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and 56 countries. The college is particularly known for interdisciplinary studies, innovative international programs, paid internships, and a wide range of student-faculty research opportunities. Founded in 1911, the college operates under an 81-year-old honor code and has no Greek system. The scenic 750-acre campus is managed as an arboretum and overlooks Long Island Sound. For more information, see www.conncoll.edu. Connecticut College is located at 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

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Editors, please note: For complete information on public events taking place at Connecticut College, go to http://www.conncoll.edu/news/ and click on "Calendar of Events."