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MCC Student-Produced Films Showcased at Burns Court

(Bradenton, Fla., May 24, 2006) - The Fifth Annual Suncoast Student Film Festival will showcase short films by Manatee Community College (MCC) students from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 3, at Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota. Films are shown in each of four categories that include narrative, documentary, experimental and music video. More than $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The festival is free and open to the public.

"We're happy to work in collaboration with the MCC film department. We're seeing better attendance every year at the festival," said Magita Diori, artistic director and educational outreach coordinator for the Sarasota Film Society, the nonprofit organization that brings art, foreign and independent to films to Burns Court Cinemas.

Films are produced in MCC classes and the MCC Film Club manages the showcasing, putting the chosen films on DVD and working with Burns Court staff to ensure quality projection. Audience members get an opportunity to vote on their favorite when the films are shown.

The panel of judges typically includes MCC faculty, graduates and a Film Club representative. Steven Hill, an MTV "The Real World - Las Vegas" cast member, is one of this year's judges. He also has appeared in the soap opera, "Passions," and a television reality show about the making of a horror film.

 "The club's role is to provide an opportunity to show work to a local crowd and provide an entryway into the regular film festival circuit, a crucial aspect of filmmaking. The students have the opportunity to see their films shown on the big screen and see how people react. It's great for building confidence," said Mike Landy, president of the MCC Film Club.

Sarasota resident Brad Klosterman, 28, has an associate in arts degree from MCC but returned to take another film class with the intention of producing his first film. He was delighted when his "Every Rose" was chosen as one of the films to be shown in the festival. It is about a young man on the verge of his 18th birthday and his troubled relationship with his separated parents.

Nineteen-year-old Tiana Ramirez from North Port is enjoying her first success in getting a film shown after making three films, the first in high school. Ramirez' film is a documentary about a popular Tampa disc jockey, the little-known demands of his job and the impact of his chosen career on his personal life.

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