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Clarkson University Film Students Win Laurels in Recent Film Festivals

Five Clarkson University film students have had their works accepted for screenings at seven international film festivals, this spring.

Nathaniel Brown, Kaitelyn Leonard, Loren Gable, John Hanley, Zachary Brunelle, and Professor Stephen Farina."The Man with the Metal Hand" by Nathaniel Brown ’18, a social documentation major from Potsdam, N.Y., is an official selection for two April festivals: the Direct Short Online Film Festival and the Barcelona Planet Film Festival. Brown’s film blends film noir and science fiction in a story about a hardened detective on the dark streets of a distant moon colony as he encounters a mysterious man with a mechanical hand.

The film "East to West to East" by Zachary Brunelle ’17, a communication major from Burnt Hills, N.Y., is an official selection at both the 2016 Katra Film Series in New York City for April and at MINDIE, the Miami Independent Film Festival also for April. Following skier Ben Hammond, "East to West to East" is a short ski documentary showcasing some of the wondrous moments that can be found during winter in New York and Colorado.

Loren Gabel ’19 , a communication major from Kitchener, Ontario, has had her film "The Life of an Olympian" chosen for the 2016 Canton, Ohio, Film Festival in the Sports Documentary category. Gabel’s film profiles Meghan Duggan, two-time Olympian, five-time World Champion for Team USA women's hockey, captain of Team USA, player for the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL, and Clarkson University Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach.

Films by John Hanley ’17, a history major from Clifton Park, N.Y., and Kaitelyn Leonard ’16, a communication major from Cortland, N.Y., are both official selections at the 2016 Blackbird Film Festival, hosted by SUNY Cortland. Both were nominated for awards within the festival. Leonard’s film, "Take Me Back," is a short documentary about six-year-old Calob, who reveals the joys of youth through an interview, photos and videos. The film was nominated in the competition for Best Mini-Documentary. In Hanley’s film, "A Feudal Debate," two web forum historians get into a heated debate over the superiority of their preferred weapons. Hanley's film was nominated in two categories: Best Student Film and Best Local New York Film.

Each film was created in COMM 427 Digital Video Production II taught by Professor Stephen Farina.

“Hats off to these students,” said Farina. ”The festivals are highly competitive and receive entries from around the world. I’m really looking forward to teaching the course again next year to see what future students can create.”

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University digital video production students who had films selected for international film festivals this spring, left to right: Nathaniel Brown, Kaitelyn Leonard, Loren Gable, John Hanley, Zachary Brunelle, and the class's teacher, Professor Stephen Farina.

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