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Film Festival Plays Tonight!

Don’t feel like studying for finals or looking for a reason to procrastinate end of the semester homework? Searching for something fun to do on a Thursday night? Lucky for you, the Penn State Student Film Organization is putting on its annual Blue and White Film Festival tonight!

Starting at 7 p.m., several great works created by students during the 2012-2013 academic year and selected by judges will be shown at the State Theatre. The films range across various genres, from narratives or documentaries to animated films. While most of the films were created by Penn State film majors, non-film majors have been able to enter their work too.

A panel of judges, including faculty and professional Penn State alumni viewed each film and proceed to vote on the winners.

Here a few that look especially intriguing:

1. Proper Steps

This film, written and directed by Patrick Coyle, depicts a young cartoonist who attempts to sketch out his memories to come to terms with his estranged father before a tsunami destroys them. While this sounds like a more serious film, the idea of a tsunami is fascinating; the idea of how a student captured these scenes is intriguing.

2. Siblings

This film, still on a more somber note and also created by Patrick Coyle, is about a man who locks himself in his room in order to try and purge every memory of his recently deceased sister from his brain. Interesting already, as it is a part of the “experimental film” category, the film seems like it could bring out some intense emotions.

3. Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn, directed by Nathan Roe and Ernie Lehman, follows local artist Ellie Groniner in her trials and creations while she contemplates her art and uncertain future. This documentary seems to be interesting as it brings so many relatable aspects to us college students–local people and questions about what we will do in the next stages of our lives.

4. Chester

Personally, I’m most excited about this one. Described as the “prequel to Alice and Wonderland,” this film gives explanation to the mysterious black cat that mocks Alice. It follows a corrupt magician who is unexpectedly cursed by a black cat, and finds himself going mad. Directed by Alyssa Timoteo, Chester is a really interesting idea and take on the reasoning behind such a popular childhood film.

 Of course these are just the start! Tickets are free for students with a Penn State ID.

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Rachel Chernaskey

Sophomore at Penn State; Journalism Major and Double minor in Psychology and Italian; Former track and field varsity athlete. I love all food and Kid Cudi.

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