Students from various film classes have been hard at work to prepare for Gonzaga’s inaugural film festival. The festival will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Jundt Auditorium.

The festival was created and is run by Matt McCormick a professor in the integrated media department who has a history as a participant in film festivals.

 “It just seemed natural,” said McCormick, who explained that he wanted to showcase the hard work of the students in the filmmaking class. 

Students are invited to submit their films they made in class. McCormick, assistant professors Laura Truitt and Mat Bolton and lecturer Tray Simmons.

Over a dozen films were submitted to be reviewed by the judges, ranging from about five to ten minutes in length. A select number of these films will be chosen for the hour-long program on Friday.

“The judging process was very difficult.  Everyone was super impressed,” McCormick.

They received submissions that were documentaries, artistic pieces with some playful and some serious tones.

Some films are already guaranteed to be in the festival include: "Remnants of a Past Life", an experimental film by student Rachel French who used her family’s home footage, "Blacked Out", a documentary on red-lining in the Spokane area and "Switch", a documentary on the history of twin tipped skis.

Cowan Jenkins a senior broadcasting major who worked on "Blacked Out" said, “Red-lining is when banks wouldn’t give out loans to certain people.”

This was mainly used to discriminate against certain races and religions. The film also goes into restrictive covenants where Jenkins said some houses have covenants that do not allow non-whites unless they were domestic servants. 

“There were a lot of late nights and early mornings,” McCormick said.

Students working on the films were no stranger to long hours. Sam Johnson a senior broadcasting and integrated media major and one of the editors of Switch said they pub 30 hours of work in the past week. 

Even throughout the late nights and long hours, students are still ready to present their films to their peers.

“I’ve never done something like this, I’m pretty excited,” said Johnson.

“I have done some small film festivals in high school, it’s the film programs first year, so it will be lowkey, but it will be fun,” Jenkins said.

When asked McCormick has confirmed that the film festival will be happening every year for the foreseeable future.


Jabriel Andrade is a staff writer.

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