48 Hours and Bevy of Awards



A pair of teams comprised of several Webster University alumni and students took home some of the top awards from the 2010 St. Louis 48 Hours Film Project earlier this week.

Altered Image Productions — led by alums Zach Ginnever, Stephen Jones and Aaron Wiesen — nabbed the award for Best Directing and its film “Under Construction: The Charles Crosby Story” was named Runner Up for Best Film. Webster student Conor E.K. Dagenfield earned the Best Actor award for his role in the film. Current students Austin Childress, Matt Freeman and Matt Wills also helped produce the film.

Caffeine Tambourine Productions, which included Webster students Thom Murry and Josh Miller, won the audience award for its film, “Delivery to Apartment Q.”

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams of filmmakers make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, the teams get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in the movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it is shown at a local theater, usually in the next week.

In 2009, nearly 40,000 filmmakers made 3,000 films in in 76 cities, including St. Louis.

Webster Well Represented at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

bsdffWebster University’s School of Communications once again will be well represented at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival running Feb. 12-21 in Missoula, Mont. Four current students, three alumni and two faculty members will all be part of the 10-day event.

Cody Stokes (BA, Independent Film Production and Management, 2007) and Stewart Copeland (BA, Film Production, 2008) both have films showing; Sarah Truckey (BA, Media Communications, 2006) will be blogging and Twittering the event; Webster Film Series Director Mike Steinberg remains as festival director; and adjunct professor Cliff Froehlich will serve as judge for the feature competition.

SOC students Jessica Hogan, Jerod Welker, Austin Childress and Ellen MacPhearson were brought on as programming associates. Continue reading

Alumni-Produced Film Now Showing at St. Louis Theaters

When Matthew Scott Krentz asked around town for help on an independent film project, he found Webster University student Nicholas Gartner … and more than a dozen or so other Webster University students and alumni willing to join the crew.

The completed independent film project, “Streetballers,” is now playing in theaters in St. Louis. It is a co-production of Dan Gartner‘s Counterhound Productions, which handled all production logistics and coordination.

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A Call for Young Filmmakers


Palms for Life Fund is calling out to young filmmakers, 25 years of age and under, to visually depict in their communities the growing epidemic of hunger in the United States. This national competition for documentary short films entitled “Faces of Hunger in America” intends to bring the issue of hunger onto the forefront of the nation’s radar screen while at the same time empowering our youth, the future generation of leaders and activists, to facilitate positive change and challenge antiquated principles.

Palms for Life Fund will offer the top three winners cash prizes of $5,000, $3,500 and $1,500, and give them exposure to a vast audience in a full-length compilation of the prize-winning works. Continue reading

From Missouri to Missoula


When Mike Steinberg agreed to serve as director of the 2009 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Mont., he knew he would need help. 

He also knew whom to call.

“We have so many talented people at Webster that it was easy to get them involved,” said Steinberg, who serves as Webster University Film Series director. “The great support I’ve received from Webster University has made all this possible.”

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Dean’s Discretionary Fund Earmarked for Student Travel

Sanjin Alisic wasn’t even sure he wanted to attend.

The 2007 SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies was across the country in San Diego, Calif. — an expensive plane ticket for an experience Alisic wasn’t sure would be worth it.

It was the supportive financial nudge from the dean’s office that made the trip possible. Continue reading

Frank Popper Earns International Acclaim for Documentary Film

Frank Popper (MA, Media Communications, 1980) has enjoyed a pretty busy year.

His latest project “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” was named a finalist for the International Documentary Association’s Feature Film of the Year Award; received the “Audience Award” at the 2006 Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival; and made it onto a short list of documentary films considered for theAcademy Awards. Continue reading

The Art of Film at the Webster Film Series

posterIt isn’t about mass quantities of popcorn and or unveiling the latest summer blockbuster. The Webster Film Series — unapologetic for its established role in the St. Louis community — is all about the art.

“The mission is to bring films that wouldn’t play in St. Louis to St. Louis,” said Webster Film Series Director Michael Steinberg (BA, Film Production, 1994). “It’s a wide gamut of content, creating a space for people to appreciate all aspects of film.”

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