Future Looking Good for Film Festival


The Fault Line Film Festival had a significant landmark screening this year. Having reached five years of student film showcases, they also opened their doors to regional schools for the first time, bringing in student film makers from as far as Kansas City.

This year 14 films were selected as winners in a variety of categories. Filmmakers Jenny Brinkman, (winner of the Judge’s Award) and Thomas Wack and Clinton Hughes (winners of Best Animation) came all the way from Kansas City to accept their award.

The screening of the participating films was accompanied by a raffle, and the voting of the People’s Choice Award, the crowd favorite was “Unexpected” by Amanda Sachtleben.

“This festival is great experience for the film makers,” presenter Dr. Fred Jones said, “It gives them an opportunity to see the audience’s reaction to their films.” Dr. Jones has hosted the film festival each year, and makes a point of getting everyone’s autograph afterwards, “You never know,” he says.

Special guest Sam Clark attended the festival as well, doing the honor of drawing for the raffle. A former resident of Waldon, MO, Clark is now a producer, and co-owner of Monsterverse, an independent graphic novel press. Clark went to school at Southeast Missouri State University, and saw some of his first movies at the Rose Theater.

“I’m amazed at how accomplished the films are,” Clark said. He hopes that with the success of the film festival and the city’s recent run-ins with Hollywood, that the city will get behind creating a large-scale credited media course and film department for the university.

Clark calls himself a “geek from way back” and teased about prospects he has for the university, “I’ve got plans. Geeky plans.”

For now the Festival is building steam, and pulling in more talent each year. Winners are listed below, and films can be found on Vimeo and Youtube.

Judge’s Award: “Ordinary Mary” by Jenny Brinkman

Honorable Mention: “Captured” by Livvy Runyon

Best Animation: “Molecular Virology” by Thomas Wack and Clinton Hughes

Best Mystery/Suspense: “The Rosewood Music Box” by Andy Thies

Best Other: “I Have Been Here Before” by Taylor Stuart

Best of Festival: “Unexpected” by Amanda Sachtleben

Honorable Mention: “The Death of a Coke Dealer by a Cowardly Goon” by Ethan Myer and Gregory Jackson

Honorable Mention: “Eye of the Beholder” Laura Liefer

Best Comedy: “All Sales Final” by Gregory Jackson

Best Drama: “Back-Up” by Kyle Mitchell

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