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Basically Tarantino Film Festival Participants Receive Awards

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Written by Emma Grosskopf

This year marked RC’s third annual Basically Tarantino Film Festival, and on April 5, six films were shown in the Ballroom in front of an audience of students, faculty and staff.

These films, analyzed by a panel of judges, were nominated for different awards based on their content. Every film shown was nominated for an award.

The awards up for grabs were Audience Choice, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Actor, Best Actress (two new categories since last year), Most Creative Use of a Required Line and Most Creative Use of a Required Prop.

The Basically Tarantino film requirements were very loose, with only two required lines and two required props. The required lines for this year were “wiggle her big toe” and “bad hombres”, while the required props were a fidget spinner and a coconut.

The loose parameters for the competition allowed student filmmakers to express themselves creatively without having to limit themselves.

Junior Harrison Mines’ film Tales from University and Other Urban Legends won both Best Comedy and Audience Choice, while seniors Erik Weed and Meg Northern’s short film Headlights won Best Drama. Senior Ben Mowers’ film Looking Forward won Most Creative Use of a Required Line and also Best Actress, thanks to the performance of senior Abby Gray. Jake Bryant, who directed and starred in his film Hold the Light, won for Best Actor, while Gavin Casey’s Today’s the Day won the award for Most Creative Use of a Required Prop.

The awards ceremony also included the recognition of the 2018 RC Student Activities Hall of Fame awards, which were awarded to seniors Jose Alvarado, Abby Gray, David Hall and Ben Mowers.