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OF SRU’S WARNER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Top honors in the recent Harry M. Warner
Festival of Short Film and Video, hosted by Slippery Rock
University’s Harry M. Warner Film Institute, went to Adetoro
Makinde of Hollywood for the 19-minute presentation “In
Time.” Second place honors went to “The Passage of Mrs.
Calabash,” directed by Scott Tuft of Los Angeles, and third
place to “Twitch,” directed by Leah Meyerhoff of
mentions were given “The Act,” directed by Pi Ware and
Susan Kraker of Los Angeles, and the 15-minute short “Sunday
in August,” directed by Marc Meyer of Berlin, Germany. The
top film was awarded $250, with $150 and $100 going to the second-
and third-place winners, respectively.
festival, held in conjunction with the renovation of the Riverplex
project in downtown New Castle, was created to honor the first
chief executive officer of the Warner Brothers entertainment
company. The brothers built their first movie theater in New Castle
and later expanded to Youngstown and across the U.S. before
starting their own film production studio in California. The
institute was created at SRU in 2004.
project, which offered showings on campus and at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral in New Castle, drew more than 75 U.S. and international
entries. U.S. A committee of judges, including William Covey,
assistant professor of English at SRU, Joe Morrison, operations
director at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and John Nichols, director
of film studies and assistant professor of English/cultural and
critical studies at Christopher Newport University, reduced the
submissions to 25 for presentation.
event, organized by Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for
SRU’s Institute for Community, Service Learning and Nonprofit
Leadership, and Dr. Allison McNeal, professor of English,
included a lecture by Cass Warner, granddaughter of the late
film magnate and author of “Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner
Brothers’ Story,” an account of how her family molded
the film entertainment business in Hollywood.
top award-winning film details a Nigerian-American named Bisi, who
has lived her life balancing the freedom of an American lifestyle
and the beliefs of her Yoruba ancestors. “The Passage of Mrs.
Calabash” a 19-minute short, is set on an overnight train
traveling through the barren winter from Chicago to New England
telling of a young gas station proprietress and a retired professor
who exchange guarded secrets that can only be shared with a
stranger. “Twitch” is a 10-minute, coming-of-age-story
about a teenage girl who is forced to care for her disabled mother,
while beginning to come to terms with her emerging
of the top 25 films selected for presentation are available from
SRU’s Bailey Library and the New Castle Historical
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