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News Release Immediate Release Contact: Dr. Deron Overpeck Assistant Professor Radio Television and Film Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism (334)-844-0230 dmo0001@auburn.edu

13th Annual Jay Sanders Film Festival Coming Soon Auburn, Ala.- The 13th Annual Jay Sanders Film Festival hosted by Auburn University takes place April 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center. The Movie Gallery Student Film Competition features 10 student films, five from high school and five from college with the winners in each category being announced that evening. "This year the Jay Sanders Film Festival received some of the best entries in its history,” said Festival Director Dr. Deron Overpeck. “Inventive animation, involving drama, thoughtprovoking documentary -- if you want it, this year's festival has a little bit of everything.” U.S and international students submitted their work into four different categories: narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary. All films are 15 minutes or less and were made within the last two years. Films are judged on originality of concept, technical production skill, and creativity in execution. The first place prize for college students is $900, while the top prize for high school students is $500. “We hope everyone will come out for the screenings and stay for the awards presentation in the Movie Gallery Student Film Competition afterwards," Overpeck said. The Auburn Film Society hosts the event, which is in honor of Professor Emeritus Jay Sanders. Sanders, the first instructor to introduce media courses to the university, taught at Auburn for 33 years, touching the lives of an estimated 19,000 students. For a complete list of entry rules and information visit www.auburn.edu/filmfestival.


FACT SHEET Contact: Dr. Deron Overpeck Assistant Professor Radio Television and Film Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism (334)-844-0230 dmo0001@auburn.edu

13th Annual Jay Sanders Film Festival Overview of the Jay Sanders Film Festival: The Jay Sanders Film Festival is an annual event hosted by the Auburn University Film Society. Created 13 years ago, the festival honors the university’s first professor of media courses, Emeritus Jay Sanders. High school and college students are able to submit short films to the competition for a cash prize. Facts and Featured Activities: -The event takes place each spring at the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. -The Auburn Film Society created the event in honor of Professor Emeritus Jay Sanders, who taught for 33 years and was the first to introduce media courses to the university. -The primary focus is to showcase the film work of U.S. and international students. -Features the 10 finalists from the Movie Gallery Student Film Competition. The top three films from the high school and college categories will be announced and awarded that night. -Each film is less than 15 minutes long and was submitted in one of four different categories: narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary. -Films are separated by a high school and college division. They are judged on originality, technical production skill, and creativity. Students in the college division can win up to $900 and high school students can win up to $500. -Admission is free for everyone. ###


Backgrounder For Immediate Release Contact: Dr. Deron Overpeck Assistant Professor Radio Television and Film Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism (334)-844-0230 dmo0001@auburn.edu

13th Annual Jay Sanders Film Festival The Jay Sanders Film Festival, hosted by Auburn University, started in 1996 by the Auburn Film Society. The film festival was created to honor Professor Emeritus Jay Sanders for his continuous devotion to film education. Sanders was the first to introduce film studies to the university in 1953 and soon after it became one of the most popular classes on campus. He taught for 33 years before retiring in 1985. The festival features five finalists from both the high school and college divisions of the Movie Gallery Student Film Competition. The winners will be announced at the end of the festival. High school and college students can submit work and possibly receive more than $2,600 in awards. The contest is open to U.S and international students who enter work into four different categories: narrative, animation, abstract and documentary. The festival committee screens all films and the best are selected to go on to the second round. Ten finalists are then selected and presented at the festival. Works are judged on originality of concept, technical production skill, and creativity in execution. This year’s festival will be held Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center. For a complete list of entry rules and information visit www.auburn.edu/filmfestival.

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Dr. Deron Overpeck

Dr. Deron Overpeck started his studies with a BA in journalism from Indiana University in 1993. He then went on to get his masters in media arts from the University of Arizona in 2000 and a PhD in critical studies in film and television from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2007. Overpeck began teaching at Auburn University in 2008, but he has also taught at Arizona, California State University, Northridge, Chapman University, Los Angeles City College and Pasadena College. A terrific opportunity within the department of communication and journalism brought Overpeck to Auburn where he now teaches introduction to film studies, history of American film industry, history of international cinema, history of broadcasting, media and reality, diversity in mass media and film theory and criticism, Overpeck’s explanation for being drawn to film is, “I have always been fascinated by cinema as an art form and as entertainment. I'd sneak up late at night to watch horror movies on the late show, and one night the horror show was replaced with Citizen Kane. A few years later I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that's ultimately what led me to film studies.” Though Overpeck has made a few films over the years, his real passion is being a scholar in film and hopes to inspire his students to “never stop learning.” In regards to the Jay Sanders Film Festival, this is the first time Overpeck has taken on the festival as a sole director. He hopes that this will be a forum for talented student filmmakers to show their work.


THURSDAY NIGHT! 7:00 p.m. Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center

THURSDAY NIGHT! 7:00 p.m. Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center

FREE ADMISSION!

FREE ADMISSION!

Come see 10 of the best student short films from across the country!

Come see 10 of the best student short films from across the country!

Film categories include: - Narrative - Documentary - Animation - Experimental

Film categories include: - Narrative - Documentary - Animation - Experimental

THURSDAY NIGHT! 7:00 p.m. Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center

THURSDAY NIGHT! 7:00 p.m. Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center

FREE ADMISSION!

FREE ADMISSION!

Come see 10 of the best student short films from across the country!

Come see 10 of the best student short films from across the country!

Film categories include: - Narrative - Documentary - Animation - Experimental

Film categories include: - Narrative - Documentary - Animation - Experimental


Professor Emeritus Jay Sanders Jay Sanders began his career at Auburn University, then know as Alabama Polytechnic Institute, in 1952. He was the first person to teach film and mass communication courses at Auburn University. Throughout his 33 years at Auburn he furthered the cause of film studies, and made a lasting and favorable impression on over 19,000 students. Because of his selfless devotion to his students and film studies at Auburn University, The Auburn Film Society named their annual film festival in his honor. Professor Sanders Passed away on December 20, 2001.


2010 JAY SANDERS FILM FESTIVAL Awards COLLEGE 1st place: $900 2nd place: $400 3rd place: $250

HIGH SCHOOL 1st place: $500 2nd place: $300 3rd place: $250

Thank you PRESCREENING COMMITTEE Drew McCracken, Lynn Mullen, Jade Rydson, Nicole Staricek, Brad Tillery, Hollie Lavenstein, Lori Woods AUBURN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Dr. Anna Gramberg, Dean; Dr. Constance Relihan, Senior Associate Dean; Victoria Santos, Director of External Affairs; Lori Woods, Communications Editor GRAPHIC DESIGN Kevin Smith DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM Dr. Margaret Fitch-Hauser, Dr. Mary Helen Brown, Dr. Susan Brinson, Dr. Ed Youngblood, Hollie Lavenstein, Kevin Smith, Jessie King, Brad Tillery, Jade Rydson, Nicole Staricek, Shannon Solomon MOVIE GALLERY SPECIAL THANK YOU Keith Brewer, Adriene Curenton, Alyssa Ramos-Herrera and The Auburn University Public Relations Council of Alabama, J. Emmett Winn, Associate Provost and Director Emeritus of the Jay Sanders Film Festival


The Department of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University offer their most sincere thanks to all the jurors. The jurors unselfishly give their time and talents to help the young filmmakers competing in the Movie Gallery Student Film Competition and Jay Sanders Film Festival. Some of tonight’s films contain profanity and crude dialogue. Viewer discretion is advised.


2010 JAY SANDERS FILM FESTIVAL CAPSULE SYNOPSES

College JS Mayank (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA) “Ethereal Pondering of a Sightless Gaze”—A dream reveals the interconnectedness of the universe, set to the strains of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.”

Theo Rigby (Stanford University, Stanford, CA) “Close to Home”—A documentary reveals the toll taken on a family by the senseless murder of a young man. Andras Ostrom (Emerson College, Boston, MA) “The Cyclist”—A crude, brash bicycle enthusiast ambushes a documentary crew to offer his take on Boston’s bicycle culture.

Masaki Miyamoto (Emerson College, Boston, MA) “City Lights”—An impressionistic view of the gleaming allure of the big city.

Eirini Steirou (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA) “Safety Net”—The lives of an unhappy couple and a bitter Greek cab driver intersect over the issue of insurance money.


High School Samuel Shumway (Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, MD) “Dazed”—A burned out performer relies on booze, pills and a dedicated staff to get him ready for the stage.

John J. Gordon (R.L. Turner High School, Carrolton, TX) “Fire in the Dark”—A teenager alone at home must confront a robber she may know all too well.

Corey Johnson (Scottsboro High School, Scottsboro, AL) “Wellsburg, Parts I, II and III”—A classic tale of lost love, told with Legos.

Nick Ljubicich (Bryam Hills High Scool, Armonk, NY) “Start Motion”—An homage to classic films told in a blend of stop-motion and live action styles.

Joshua Katinsky (Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, MD) “All That Was Left”—Three intrepid detectives work a series of gruesome murders… but who is the street artist who may be the key to solving the case?


MICHAEL YOUNG Michael Young began his career in front of the camera at the helm of several Emmy Award winning productions. He starred in Kids Are People, Too for the ABC television network in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, which won an Emmy Award for outstanding children’s programming for the 1979 - 80 season. He also appeared on popular shows including Love Boat, The Fall Guy, Remington Steele, Silver Spoons, Love American Style and others. He participated in the launch of The Disney Channel and CNBC on cable television. Currently he is the CEO of Michael Young Media, which produces television programming.

RICK PUKIS Rick Pukis (Pook-is) is a filmmaker and an Associate Professor of Communications at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. He began his educational pursuits in the world of film and expanded to embrace the digital world. This combined expertise is exemplified in his diverse, 25-year career in broadcast communications gained in a variety of locales ranging from Chicago, Illinois to Missoula, Montana and Spokane, Washington. Today, the former Editor, Producer, Senior Producer, Account Executive, and Media Specialist is an enthusiastic, award-winning filmmaker, a technically savvy television profes-sional, and an integral member of the Television and Cinema track at Augusta State University. Away from the classroom, Rick continues to create his own independent films. His latest, ‘Eau,’ was shot on celluloid in Chicago. It was selected for screening this fall at the 7th annual Flicker Spokane Film Festival.


MICHELE SCHREIBER Michele Schreiber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film Studies at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research areas include feminist film and media theory, contemporary popular culture, and Hollywood genres, including the women’s film and melodrama. Previous publications include “Spectatorship and Audiences” in the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, ed. Barry Keith-Grant (Thompson Gale, 2006) and “’Misty Water-colored Memories of the Way we Were…’: Nostalgia and Post-feminism in Contemporary Romance Narratives” in Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History, ed. Vicki Callahan (Wayne State University Press, 2010). She currently has two projects in the works, including “Movies That Scar: The Cinema of David Fincher” (under contract, Wallflower Press), and “These Fish Want a Bicycle: Romance in the Postfeminist Media,” which examines the perseverance and increasing ubiquity of the traditional romance narrative in the post-feminist political and cultural landscape


Jay Sanders Film Festival Media Kit  

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