UTPA students dash to the top at the 24 Hour Film Dash
Contact: Amanda Perez, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 06/11/2009
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Past and present students from the theater/film/television program at The University of Texas-Pan American participated in the 24 Hour Film Dash recently, bringing home awards, including Best Film.

Pictured are UTPA students who are part of UTPA's theater/film/television program at UTPA's communication department acting out a scene at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre.

"I am very proud of the students that took the chance and put themselves out there to make these films," Jack Stanley, professor and head of the drama theatre/film/television program, said.

The students were given 24 hours to produce a five minute film. They met at Cine El Rey in McAllen in the morning to register, form teams and to receive the required elements needed for the film. They then had 24 hours to complete scriptwriting, directing and editing, before submitting their completed project the next day. All completed films were shown at the Cine El Rey on May 8.

Each film was judged on categories such as, best actor, actress, director and editing. Awards ranged from certificates to cash prizes. Second prize received $100, while Best Film received editing equipment and $300.

The 24 Hour Film Dash is sponsored by Cinesol and is open to the community. This was its first year and according to Henry Serrato, Cinesol programming director, it was a success.

Pictured are members of UTPA's Bronc TV program.
"We plan on doing it again next year. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent in the Valley, to network with other filmmakers and to practice for the upcoming 36 Hour Film Race," Serrato said.

Cinesol started in September 1993 and since then has supported the work of aspiring and established filmmakers by recognizing the artistic contributions of screenwriters and filmmakers. Cinesol also holds its annual Cinesol Film Festival among other events.

Stanley says win or lose, UTPA students are learning from their mistakes and gaining the experience and confidence needed in filmmaking.

For more information on theater/film/television contact the Department of Communication at 956/381-3583.

UTPA participants and winners are:

Nadare - Dennis Rivas

Human Rituals - Fernando Martinez

Misplaced Laughter - Samuel Leanos

Twisted Date - Best Film - Ali Naqvi

Best Script - Veronica Navarro

Best Cinematography - Ali Naqvi and Muji Naqvi

Best Editing - Sara Martinez

Best Supporting Actor - Jonathon Dimas

Best Actor - Edgar Ituarte

Best Actress - Brisa Munoz

Best Director - Ali Naqvi

Believe - Audience Choice - Charles Brenner

Best Supporting Actress - Laya Hernandez

Twisted Date - First Runner Up - Erick Trevino