Films by two St. Thomas students to be shown at South Metro Short Film Festival

Films by two St. Thomas students to be shown at South Metro Short Film Festival

Films by two St. Thomas students will be shown in the fifth annual South Metro Short Film Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (LAAC), 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and awards will be given after the films.

Admission is $5 at the door.

The two student filmmakers, who also wrote and edited their scripts, are:

  • Michael Ewen, whose movie, "Shades of Gray," is about three high school students who must decide how far they are willing to take their faith.
  • Matt Scott, whose movies are "The Fall," a black-and-white experimental film and drama that emphasizes sound and visuals to convey its message, and "Vital Morte," a story about the rise and fall of a young Midwest mobster who seeks revenge for the death of his father.

The festival, organized by the Eagan Park and Recreation Department, will feature 19 locally directed films, three films from Norwegian directors and four from directors at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. The festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers to develop and exhibit their work. They will have a chance to share what they learned in the process of making the entry and can take a few questions from the audience.

The entries, which must be 10 minutes or less in length, are divided into several categories, such as director's age group and film genre, and will be judged for cinematography, sound quality, editing and the originality of their script, among other aspects of the film.

Four judges, who also are involved locally in filmmaking, will decide on the winning film. An award will be presented for each category as well a general excellence award. There also are plans to present awards for best cinematography, best plot and screen play, and best sound track.

For more information on the festival and past winners, visit the South Metro Short Film Festival Web site.