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Entrapped Takes Redstone Top Prize

32nd annual film festival plays to packed house

| From BU Today | By Amy Laskowski

Redstone first prize winner Maggie Kimball (COM’12) and COM’s Jan Egleson, festival coordinator. Photos by Vernon Doucette

Entrapped, a comedy about a young woman’s efforts to lose a clinging boyfriend, took the top prize at the 2012 Redstone Film Festival on February 15. Written, directed, and edited by Maggie Kimball (COM’12), the quirky comedy had the packed house at the Tsai Performance Center laughing throughout its nine-minute run.

“I’m shocked I won. I was hoping for maybe third place,” says Kimball, who took home a $2,000 cash prize. “I think people could relate to my film because everyone’s gone through a crazy or bad breakup.” Kimball says the film would have “fallen to crap” if it weren’t for actors Alex Highsmith (CFA’11), Edmund Donovan (CFA’12), and Sydney Lemmon (CFA’12).

Second place went to Julian Cornwell (COM’10) and Harry Joseph (COM’10), directors of Long Way Home, a suspenseful tale of two brothers who are on the run. The Runner, a dramatic film by Jim Dandee (COM’13), took third place. The short film, about a young woman’s struggle with a haunting memory, was shot on Boston’s Esplanade.

“I thought all of the nominated films were strong,” says festival coordinator Jan Egleson, a College of Communication associate professor of the practice of film and television. “They were all really interesting, and different. They showed what BU does and what we do well.”

The 32nd annual Redstone Film Festival, sponsored by media mogul Sumner Redstone (Hon.’94), chair of Viacom, showcased films and screenplays created by undergraduate and graduate students in COM filmmaking and screenwriting programs. This year’s contest saw 40 films submitted, and 6 were deemed finalists by a committee of production, screenwriting, and film-studies graduates.

The festival winners were then selected by a panel of film industry professionals, made up this year of Carolyn Pickman, cofounder and director of CP Casting and Acting Studio; filmmaker Lyda Kuth, executive director of the LEF Foundation, a nonprofit that supports contemporary work in film; and filmmaker and cinematographer D’arcy Marsh.

The other 2012 Redstone finalists were Padrick Ritch (COM’12), director of Limbus, the story of a man’s flashbacks before a proposal; Anna Gerstenfeld (COM’12), Emma Kazarian (COM’11), Stephen Matter (COM’11), and Chandler Stephen (COM’12), the team behind TAG, about a duel between a young graffiti artist and an anonymous tagger; and Ron Utin Lalkin (COM’11), director of Guppy Love, a romantic comedy about a fish biologist on a blind date.

The winners of the Fleder-Rosenberg short screenplay contest, sponsored by screenwriters Gary Fleder (COM’85) and Scott Rosenberg (COM’85), were also announced at the festival. Rachel Tesler (COM’13) won the $1,250 first place prize for her screenplay Little Lost Puppy, Julia Iglesias (COM’14) took the $750 second place award for Coming Out, and in third place was Samuel Laskey (COM’13), receiving $500 for The Crib.

In addition to the three winners, the finalists for the Fleder-Rosenberg competition were Jason Mark Hellerman (COM’12), Nancy; Sharon Zemina (COM’12), Leaves of Love; Leah Thomas (COM’13), If We Shadows Have Offended; and Joseph Dwyer (COM’13), Clean Copy.

The packed house at the Tsai Performance Center for the Redstone Film Festival.

New this year was the Adrienne Shelly Production Grant. Shelly (COM’87), a producer, writer, and actress, was murdered in her New York City home in 2006. She was most famous for directing The Waitress, which played at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Shelly’s husband, Andy Ostroy, executive director of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, attended the Redstone Festival to award the first Adrienne Shelly Production Grant, which went to Kim Rideout (COM’12) for her script The Doghouse. Rideout will use the $5,000 prize to produce the film in her Production III class.

Paul Schneider, a COM associate professor and department chair, notes that the top prizes in the three categories, film, screenplay, and the new one, the Adrienne Shelly Production Grant, all went to women. Schneider says he hoped to see more women in the top-level production classes at COM.

The Boston Redstone Film Festival is followed in March by Redstone festivals in New York and Los Angeles. New and different films will be competing in those festivals. The Redstone Alumni Short Film Competition, started last year, is open to film and television alumni. The winning film will be shown at the Los Angeles screening, along with those of the finalists in the student competition. This year’s alumni winner gets $500.

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