Three MxCC students Dan Dalhstrom, Hollie Kinney, and Andrew Saxe, along with MxCC’s Film Industry Training Program graduate, Kerey Viswanathan, took home two awards from the 48 Hour Film Project. The team’s short film titled John & Clara won the Best Writing Award and the Audience Award.
“Being able to participate in this film project was my first real experience of being a part of an actual filmmaking crew,” said Hollie Kinney, broadcast-cinema major and Meriden resident. “Through this project I was able to get more experience in post-production, which will help me further my career in the film business.”
“This is a great hands-on experience for our students and we are glad they have been recognized with these two awards,” said Rich Lenoce, director of MxCC’s Center for New Media.
The team from MxCC worked under the name Third Eye Productions. The team worked around the clock from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28 to write, produce, film, and edit their short film.
The team was formed with the help of Dan Nocera, coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center. “I am always happy to help connect our students to the industry,” said Nocera. “Kerey asked me if I knew a great editor and writer for this project and I suggested Hollie and Andrew, who are two very talented students.”
John & Clara is a romance involving two assassins and a detective. The film was screened at the ceremony to more than 100 people at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. John & Clara can be viewed on YouTube.