Paramount's curtain to rise April 11 for ACU FilmFest 2010

Posted March 25, 2010

FilmFestThe curtain at Abilene's historic Paramount Theatre will rise Sunday, April 11, for Abilene Christian University’s sixth annual FilmFest, an independent student-produced short film competition.

FilmFest 2010 "Timeless" will showcase the 16 best films from this year's competition, featuring the top six in contention for "best picture" from 2-4 p.m. at The Paramount, a grand 1930s movie palace at 352 Cypress Street. A formal red carpet gala presenting the top six winners will then follow at 8 p.m.

A panel of judges consisting of 16 leading professionals in the entertainment, commercial and media industries will meet, including four alumni guest judges who come from outside of Abilene.

The guest judges are:

Randy Brewer ('93) — Brewer is the executive producer and owner of Revolution Pictures with offices in both Nashville and Los Angeles. He is the producer of Taylor Swift's award-winning video "You Belong With Me" and the 2010 ACU Young Alumnus of The Year.

Chris Harris ('77) — Harris is a noted award-winning record producer, vocalist and songwriter. He has worked in television, radio and advertising. He and his wife, Jan, own Chris Harris Productions.

Jan Harris ('77) — Ms. Harris was in Amy Grant’s first band as a back-up singer and has provided vocals for numerous albums, jingles and live events. She and her husband, Chris, own Chris Harris Productions.

Jessica Gray ('99) — Gray has worked with Fortis Films (Sandra Bullock's company) on Miss Congeniality, the George Lopez Show and Two Weeks Notice. She has worked with Dean River Productions on Bobby Jones. She is the producer of Haunted Texas, a PBS television series.

"FilmFest is a unique opportunity for ACU students to showcase both their artistic and their technical skills," says Tom Craig, director of student productions.

"One of the real pluses of attending FilmFest is that these young filmmakers get to interact with real professionals. After the awards are presented, there is time for one-on-one interaction with the judges," Craig adds. "They are quick to offer tips for how our students can not only improve their craft, but also pursue a career in the industry."

Student entertainers will round out the gala event with live entertainment sets between award presentations. Students will play original works from some of the films that are in competition for "Best Original Musical Composition" award.

The gala event is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person. Tickets will be available at the door.

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