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Student Filmmakers in Spotlight at Newport Beach Film Festival

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Communications students studying cinema and television arts recently exhibited their films as part of the collegiate showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The films were completed in three upper-division motion picture production courses, and some were funded by a $15,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. About 40 students helped create the four short narrative films, two cinematography reels, a short experimental film and a documentary from Titan TV’s World Press on Italy.

The eight CSUF films shown April 24 as part of the festival are: “Out of the Blue” directed by Alex Ferris; “Man At The Bar” directed by Sean Tomek; two cinematographer reels by Daniel Martin; “Alon” directed by Stone Alvaro; “Italy Arts and Religion” directed by Eraj Shadaram; “Mobius” directed by Gibran Rubio; and “Somber Pines” directed by David Tang.

Cal State Fullerton students have participated in the Newport Beach Film Festival for about a decade, and Jacqueline Frost, professor of cinema and television arts, has coordinated their entries for the past six years.

“Having the films screened in the festival provides the students with all the benefits of the Newport Beach Film Festival events and screenings. They are treated like all the other filmmakers, and it gives them an audience outside of the classroom for their work,” Frost said.

CSUF students’ film titles and summaries are posted on the Newport Beach Film Festival site.