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The Best of the Best: Envision Film Festival Continues to Grow

Published: Mar 14, 2014

More than 500 attended Envision's Screening and Awards night

Aspiring filmmakers and actors came together for Taylor's Envision Film Festival, learning from industry professionals and earning awards for Taylor's best student films of the year.

Screenwriter/actor Mark Fauser (Waking Up in Reno, SeaQuest, Evening Shade) taught two workshops on acting for film along with 2007 Taylor graduate Jason Burkey (October Baby, Mom's Night Out). Taylor alumnus Neville Kiser '04 taught two screenwriting workshops, helping students understand how to create great characters as well as market their future screenplays. Workshops on Foley sound effects, ADR (automatic dialogue replacement), the RED Camera and the Steadicam rounded out a day of interactive learning.

Fauser's life was featured in a documentary called Making a Mark, which has recently been accepted for screening at the River Bend Film Festival in South Bend.

Burkey said, "The festival now is on a whole other level than when I was a student. It's a really cool thing to see."

The evening film screening and awards ceremony was the highlight of the events. Twelve films screened, demonstrating the best student work of the year. The biggest winner was the documentary The Advocate, about a man who chose to become homeless in order to advocate for the homeless. The film has recently been accepted for screening at the Grand Rapids Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle.

The winning films and filmmakers were:

Audience Choice – The Advocate - Kyla Martin, Sean Taylor, Nathan Pfaff, Jordan Miller

Best Picture – The Advocate - Kyla Martin, Sean Taylor, Nathan Pfaff, Jordan Miller

Best Screenplay - Vitae - Chris Hecox, Kevin Baker, Renee Kropf

Best Short Film – Cloakless - Cadeau Juraschek, Keith Cantrell, Luke Secaur, Andrew Davis, Austin Yoder

Best Comedy– Peter’s Light - Spencer Roller, Bethany Dunn, Luke Rutan

Best Documentary – The Advocate - Kyla Martin, Sean Taylor, Nathan Pfaff, Jordan Miller

Best Drama – Vitae - Chris Hecox, Kevin Baker, Renee Kropf

Best Sound Design – Married to Magic - Mike Metzler, Chrissie Guglielmon, Erin Fuhr, M.J. Younkers

Best Editing – The Advocate - Kyla Martin, Sean Taylor, Nathan Pfaff, Jordan Miller

Best Visual Effects – The White Chalk - Nick Chamberlain, Micah Hancock

Best Cinematography – The White Chalk - Nick Chamberlain, Micah Hancock

Best Experimental Film – The Forgiven - Alex Cook, Jimmy Vander Galien, Mike Metzler

Best Humanities & Arts Film – The Advocate - Kyla Martin, Sean Taylor, Nathan Pfaff, Jordan Miller

Best High School film submission – Old Friends - Andrew Davis

Watch the video wrap-up of Envision here!