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ASU students put humanity, individuality into videos

April 13, 2010

What does it mean to be human? ASU students at Barrett, the Honors College, drew on their creativity to answer that head-scratcher in a video contest. Five students have won recognition by creating short videos for an “Eyes on Barrett” contest.

First place went to Josh Lambert, who submitted a two-and-a-half minute video of evocative campus scenes and piano music, interspersed with clips from his own family life. Lambert, an electrical engineering freshman, won a flip camcorder for his piece, “Humanity: an Autobiography.” Download Full Image

Second-place winner was Garret Walliman, for his four-minute entry featuring student voice-overs and images from around the world. He won a 16 GB flash drive for his entry, “Thus Humanity.” Walliman is a computer systems engineering freshman.

Honorable mentions went to three students: Grishma Singh, philosophy freshman, for her humorous entry, “Rousseau Explains Social Networking”; David Berger, global studies senior, for his musical road journey through Scotland, “To Be Human”; and Gregory Begenyi, marketing sophomore, for his photographic interpretation of the Pearl Jam song, “Sleight of Hand.”

Videos were judged by a panel of Barrett students at ASU Polytechnic. Each entry was scored on its originality, interpretation of the theme and its overall effect.

“This was our first year to hold the contest, so we didn’t know what to expect,” said Jennifer Brady, Barrett program coordinator at the Polytechnic campus. “Barrett students are quite creative and have a lot to express, and we’re pleased with the results.”

The videos will be shown with other student work as part of the Barrett Film Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 22, at the Cronkite Theatre, at the ASU Downtown Campus. To view the contest videos online, visit

Other">"> films to be shown at the festival include four short documentaries by ASU journalism students: “Mixed Rice: Japanese Americans and Interracial Marriage,” by Maxine Park; “Silent Voices: The Underrepresentation of Native Americans in Local News,” by Colton Shone; “Lodestar: A Holistic Haven for Help and Humanity,” by Jessica Andrews and Denica Moodey; and “Living Homeless: Kids on the Street,” by Tara Prindiville.

ASU News

Springtime perfect setting for annual outdoor film fest

April 14, 2010

More than 490 entries for the annual" target="_blank">ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival were submitted from 39 U.S. states and 33 countries. Finally, after a rigorous jury process viewing the highly competitive pool, 21 works were selected to be included in the one-night outdoor festival which will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. The event is free to the public.

“We were very impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year, particularly from artists with ties to the Arizona community,” said John Spiak, curator of the ASU Art Museum and co-organizer/co-juror of the festival. “We don’t consider where film and video makers are based as part of the selection process, so it’s nice to see that, at the end of the day, we can shine a spotlight on some talented local artists this year.” Download Full Image

Artists and their work that were selected for the festival are:

- Stephanie Basco, Los Angeles, Calif. – "Getting Through Security"
- Jonathan Browning, Los Angeles, Calif. – "The Job"
- Robert Ladislas Derr, Columbus, Ohio – "Threat"
- Ted Fisher, New York, N.Y. – "To Get to the Other Side"
- Robert Kilman and Safwat Saleem, Phoenix, Ariz. – "Phoenix: City of the Future"
- Yuliya Lanina, Brooklyn, N.Y. – "Bible Reader"
- Erik Levine, Long Island City, N.Y. – "Cocker"
- Jennifer Levonian, Philadelphia, Pa. – "Take Your Picture with a Puma" (Juror Choice Award)
- Terry Mialkowsky, Winnipeg, Canada – "Belt Buckle"
- Chino Moya, London, England – "Out of Here"
- Darryl Nepinak, Winnipeg, Canada – "Indian"
- Pilar Palomero, Zaragoza, Spain – "Nino Balcon (Balcony Boy)"
- Jean-Gabriel Periot, Tours, France – "Nijuman no borei (200,000 Phantoms)" (Juror Choice Award)
- Bill Plympton, New York, N.Y. – "Horn Dog"
- Saxon Richardson, Phoenix, Ariz. – "Send Greener Grass Uphill" (AZ Award)
- Martin Rosete, New York, N.Y. – "A Falta de Pan"
- Martin Rosete, New York, N.Y. – "Paper of Plastic"
- Margie Schnibbe, Los Angeles, Calif. – "Birthday No. 45: Monthly Expenses $ November.xls"
- Kyle Stephen, Savannah, Ga. – "McDonough"
- Andrew Takeuchi, Los Angeles, Calif. – "Scrub"
- Doug Williams, Oakland, Calif. – "Lost Pet"

The Short Film & Video Festival is part of ASU Art Museum’s" target="_blank">Moving Targets initiative, which builds on the museum's long history of exploring the role of new media in the arts. Video art projects featured in this initiative during 2010 include the current exhibition "Forged Power: Video Works by Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie," through May 29, and the upcoming exhibition "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then" by artist Brent Green, scheduled for exhibition Sept. 4 thru Dec. 31, 2010.

Named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America magazine, the" target="_blank">ASU Art Museum serves a diverse community of artists and audiences through innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today.

The museum is located at Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe. Screening will take place outdoors on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center, directly behind the museum. Please bring your own seating. For complete information and a history of the festival, please visit" target="_blank">

Media contact:
John Spiak

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