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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

I Wanna Be In Pictures

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Burton made some of their first films when they were undergraduates. “That’s why it’s essential to support the burgeoning talent of students,” says Rebecca Webb, founding film curator of UC San Diego’s ArtPower!

So as to give a showplace to UC San Diego filmmakers, Webb launched the annual Up & Coming Student Film Festival in 2008. The selected films are judged by a jury of media experts, which has included alumni such as Beth Accomando, Warren ’82, KPBS film critic; Rajendra Roy, ERC ’94, chief film curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Tara Knight, M.F.A. ’06, award-winning animator and UCSD professor of Theatre and Dance; and James Song, Revelle ’08, filmmaker.

During this year’s festival in The Loft, Elizabeth Hood, Sixth ’10, took home the best picture award for her black and white film Again Comes November, a heart wrenching short on grieving. Joanne Park, Revelle ’10, was awarded best director for Just Curious, a comedic, bittersweet story about a student with a crush on his female professor. Other works recognized include the experimental short by Ally Sligh, Revelle ’11, When I Blink U Bust in, which examined the persecution of homosexuals.

—Christine Clark, ’06