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TU Freshmen Screen Films at Heartland

Published: Oct 20, 2013

Freshman Olivia McCash appears in her film "Tree of Life"

Taylor freshmen Olivia McCash and Andrew Davis were among the honorees in the Heartland Film Festival's High School competition in Indianapolis. The students had entered the films before coming to Taylor but were excited to see their films screen at AMC Theatres in Castleton on Friday, Oct. 18th.

"It was pretty crazy to see myself that large on the screen!" said McCash who appears in her own film "Tree of Life," a personal reflection about the celebration and joy of living shot with time lapse photography at her home in Pennsylvania. McCash's film earned one of seven honorable mentions in the festival. One of the judges who said she had watched the film at least five times told McCash it had to play first because it would "set the tone beautifully for the rest of the high school films."

Andrew Davis' film "Old Friends," was one of four finalists in the festival's high school competition. His film features charming performances from a group of senior citizens, one of whom makes an escape from his nursing home. Davis spoke during a question and answer session about how the medium of film has the potential "to illuminate the human condition." Remarkably, Davis was in the credits of three of the festival's featured films--his own film and two others directed by his high school friends.

"It's great to see these students so serious about their craft at such an early age," said John Bruner, director of production and assistant professor of media communication. "We look forward to seeing what else they'll create in the next four years in the film and media production program at Taylor!"