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Antioch College Students Win SC Film Festival Award

Antioch College congratulates students David Blakeslee ’18, Ellie Burck ’18, Lillian Burke ’16, Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18, and Charlotte Norman ’18, Assistant Professor of Media Arts Charles Fairbanks and Arts Studio Coordinator Forrest Bright for receiving the Young Grit Award for best student film this weekend at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC.

Their documentary short Seriously Not Funny examined the wide array of people and interests that converged in Cleveland, OH for the 2016 Republican National Convention. In a symphonic rhythm, Seriously Not Funny captures the spirit of unrest, resilience madness and sincerity that surrounded last year’s presidential election, and continues to persist in its wake.

The 17-minute film is an edited version of the original, 50-minute The Elephant in Our Room. The project was an outgrowth of a filmmaking class Fairbanks taught in 2016.

“We made this film collectively, each contributing our own skills, and effort,” said Bright. “To get to know Charlotte, Lillian, Odette, Ellie, Charles, and David through this creative process is the most beautiful reward. The fact that it is being recognized and reflected back by the larger film community is hopeful.” 

“It hit me how much other people enjoyed our hard work, as well as our own experience,” said Burke. “There are really people outside of Antioch who liked the work we did. I’m excited for future projects.”

Seriously Not Funny premiered at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, OH on April 5th. The The Indie Grits Film Festival showcases independent filmmakers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked in other venues.