Festival features student filmmakers
May 08, 2009

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Over 500 Bryan and Covenant College students and guests strolled the red carpet at Tivoli Theatre on April 25 to attend the Broad Street Film Festival awards ceremony. The program was emceed by Bryan senior Eric McEachron and included performances by magician Brett Myers, Bryan’s Advanced Stage Movement troupe, and bands from both colleges.

This annual festival began as a spring 2004 Medium of Film class project designed by Professors Ray Legg, Michael Palmer and Ron Petitte. The festival expanded in 2007 with its move to the Tivoli Theatre. Mr. Chris Clark, who currently teaches the Medium of Film course with Mr. Palmer, explains that the name of the festival, formerly known as the Bryan Film Festival, was changed to reflect this year’s collaboration with Covenant College and the addition of co-sponsors Sky Angel and Redbox.

Leading up to the Saturday evening awards ceremony, film screenings were shown Wednesday at Bryan and Thursday at Chattanooga’s Bijou Cinema, where two sell-out crowds enjoyed seeing the nominated entries.

Mr. Clark stated that the festival was primarily a student-driven event and credited Bryan's Student Government Association leaders Ben Johnson, Faith Ammen, Laura Neises, Rachel Welch, and Brittany McGehee; students from the Medium of Film class; and Covenant College students Drew Belz, Isaiah Smallman, and Grant Withington for planning and coordinating the awards ceremony and all the other events related to the festival.

2009 Broad Street Film Festival Judges

Joining the panel of judges for the first time this year were:
  • Darren Moorman, VP of Video on Demand at Sky Angel and also producer of such films as Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, The Fifth Patient, and Sensation of Sight. His latest feature Jack and the Beanstalk is slated to come out later this year. He has also recently produced three comedy shows for Warner Brothers, Thou Shalt Laugh 1, 2, 3 and was head of Production for Cooke Productions which also produced the documentary on the life and impact of William Wilberforce, The Better Hour, for PBS. He has also worked with top actors such as Denzel Washington, Danny DeVito, John Goodman, and Julia Stiles.
  • Karen Henderson, clinical assistant professor at UTC in the department of theatre and speech. She teaches Introduction to Film, Introduction to Performance, and Improvisation. She has volunteered at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre as an actor in over 11 productions and as a crew member and/or helping with set construction in over 34 productions.
  • Bobby Stone in 1993 started Atomic Films, Chattanooga’s premiere local production company. His role is director/director of photography. The company's repertoire includes a range of projects from commercials for local businesses such as the Tennessee Aquarium and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to regional sports casting to nationally acclaimed documentaries.

2009 Broad Street Film Festival Award Winners

  • Best Long Narrative: The Fountain of Youth* (Covenant College)
  • Best Short Narrative: You Dropped Your Quarter (Bryan College)
  • Best Director: Bryce McGuire for A Pistol in Hand (Bryan College)
  • Best Cinematography: Drew Belz for All My Friends (Covenant College)
  • Best Foreign Film: Der Zavn (Covenant College)
  • Best Editing: Drew Belz for Sense (Covenant College)
  • Best Original Score: You Dropped Your Quarter (Bryan College)
  • Best Actor: Rob Yates for A Pistol in Hand (Bryan College)
  • Best Actress: Hillary Tullberg for Danish Day (Bryan College)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Max Belz for Interrogation Room & The Fountain of Youth* (Covenant College)
  • People's Choice Award: The Fountain of Youth*(Covenant College)

*Best Long Narrative, Best Supporting Actor & People's Choice Award