– April 26th, 2013 by Community Author –
Windcrossing festival honors student video work
Colby-Sawyer College will host Windcrossing: A Festival of Sight and Sound, which showcases films by students and alumni and celebrates independent filmmaking. May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sawyer Center Theatre.
This year’s festival will feature the short film, “A Vital Dilemma,” three Capstone public-service films and a clip from the original video/theatre Capstone production, “Love and Lettuce.”
In “A Vital Dilemma,” three best friends stumble upon a mysterious heart in a box and must figure out what exactly they should do with it. The plot is further complicated by a detective at their door who turns the mysterious package into a vital dilemma. Directed by Kryslyn Rousseau ‘13 and written by Zach Matson ’13, the film stars students Ethan O’Connell ‘14 and Aaron Hodge ’14 and Colby-Sawyer Assistant Director of Admissions Mike Clark.
In support of “A Vital Dilemma, ” alumni Will Peters and Mike Mooney returned to campus to continue their commitment to the festival. Alongside Associate Professor of Humanities Donn Berghorn, the two alumni were heavily involved in the film’s production over a two-day period in late March.
“Having alumni like Will and Mike willing to come back and pay it forward has been really inspiring,” says Rousseau.
As with the inaugural event last year, which was dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeriti Donald Coonley, Media Studies seniors have been invited to submit their Capstone project videos for screening at the festival. The inclusion of Capstone projects has been especially important to this year’s Windcrossing organizer, Mandy Clayton ’13, who created a website and You Tube channel for the festival, as well as served as the festival coordinator as part of her senior Capstone project.
“Working with Mike, Will and Professor Berghorn has taught me that Windcrossing involves a huge Colby-Sawyer family working together. Current students get to work with alumni and professors to create a project. It is not only a great real life learning experience, it is also fun,” says Clayton. “I am looking forward to seeing everyone who is a part of Windcrossing together again, as well as enjoying the great short films that everyone has worked so hard to create.”
Senior Joshua Hardy’s Capstone was a promotional piece sponsored by the New Hampshire Coalition of Community Media, “Directed Public Access: Your Community Matters.” The video follows volunteers and employees at public access stations across the state, who explain what they do and why people should get involved in public access television.
Carly Strathdee ’13 directed her Capstone video, “For the Love of Dog,” as a promotional piece for a New Hampshire Rottweiler/Pitbull rescue organization. The film was produced for inclusion on the organization’s website to attract interest and advocacy for the canine rescue operation.
In the short documentary “Living the Dream” Jillian DeArville ’13 records the daily lives of students with intellectual disabilities in their Winthrop High School classroom. DeArville hopes that by chronicling the education of these students she will help generate public awareness. “I want others in the community to see the importance of the class,” says DeArville.
Writer and director Victoria Hersey ’13 created “Love and Lettuce” for her senior Capstone project. The production, a video/theater performance about love, suspicion and surprise, was originally performed for the general public in April at New London’s Whipple Town Hall. Windcrossing will highlight clips of Hersey’s video production for the festival audience.
Hersey credits her project’s success to the cast and crew of students and members of Sunapee Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater (SKIT). “This project wouldn’t have been possible without all the resources and people I’ve come to know during my four years,” Hersey says. “I planned this project so that I could focus on practicing what I’ve been studying, film and video, and also continue working with the art form of theater that I fell in love with when I got to Colby-Sawyer.”
For more information on the Windcrossing Festival, visit www.colby-sawyer.edu/windcrossing and keep up to date with festival’s progress on Facebook.