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Reel Loud is Real Good
updated: May 25, 2014, 1:21 PM

By the dedicated staff of edhat.com

In a world full of film festivals, Reel Loud is definitely one of my favorites. The dedicated staff of edhat.com attend the 23rd Annual Reel Loud Film Festival at UCSB's Campbell Hall.

For those of you who don't know, Reel Loud is put on by the UCSB Filmmaker's Co-op (part of the Film and Media Studies Department) in order to showcase student films. The one night festival consists of silent short films, each with live accompaniment. In addition to the films, there is also an art show, raffle, food, and entertaining acts in between films.

According to the Festival website, some of the criteria for submitting a film include:

  • Films must be silent and accompanied by a live act (music, dance, or theatrical presentation).
  • Films must be turned in DIGITALLY in 16:9 ratio. 16mm film is no longer accepted.
  • Films can be no longer than 7 minutes, including credits.
  • The films are selected by a committee of student and faculty judges based on aesthetics and entertainment quality.

    The courtyard in front of Campbell Hall was bustling. There were tables of food and raffle prizes; student art was set up alongside giant hand painted backdrops for posers of selfies to stand by. We bought our raffle tickets and wandered around in the early evening light of a beautiful Santa Barbara late spring day, chatting with friends and checking out the art and the happy people. Perilously high heels and snappy attire on both young men and young women distinguished the student filmmakers and musicians from their audience.

    Inside, we were treated to fourteen short films, grouped in threes and separated by musical and dance acts. The films were a mix of humor, introspection, experimentation, and even a bit of politics, but without exception, they reflected the enthusiasm, imagination and energy of their creators.

    UCSB's a capella group, Naked Voices performed after the first set, next came the hip hop team, Urban Dance. While the votes were being tallied at the end of the screenings, the audience was entertained by original work from an innovative band called A Yawn Worth Yelling, out of San Jose, California.

    The winners were announced in several categories, including Best Editing (You're on Air, Bennet Piscitellis), Best Musical Accompaniment (A Man, A Mustache, Johnny Rafter/ Jesus Garcia), Best Cinematography (X, Daisy Rogozinsky/ Jesus Garcia), Audience Choice (A Man, A Mustache, Johnny Rafter/ Jesus Garcia), and finally, the Scott Wells Golden Reel Award (A Man, A Mustache, Johnny Rafter/ Jesus Garcia).

    Reel Loud is a don't miss event on any film lover's calendar, so if you did miss it this year, look sharp for the 24th edition.


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