CUNUFF – Results 2006

Judges

Doug Ross

Producer/Writer/Director, Wang-Ross Communications

Wang-Ross Communications, LLP is a private consultancy that creates original content for commercial, cable, promotional, informational, educational and corporate television projects. Doug Ross is a seasoned media professional with over 25 years of extensive experience as a Producer, Director, Writer, Editor and Camera Operator with A&E, PBS, Warner-Amex of Dallas, Saudi Aramco, City & County of Honolulu, KWHE-14, The Chinese Channel, WLRN-17 Miami, U.S.C. School of Broadcast Journalism, American Film Institute, ‘Olelo Community TV of Hawaii, Eye-Square Productions of Los Angeles.

Doug Ross graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Radio-Television-Film in 1980. Also attended the University of Southern California, School of Broadcast Journalism, 1986, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2001 and The Chinese Institute, NYC, 2005 in Conversational Chinese Language.

He is married to Danlu Wang and has one son Sean. They live in Rego Park, NY and travel yearly to China.

Limei Wang

Marketing Manager, NYC Media Group
Producer, Backdrop NYC

As Marketing Manager of NYC Media Group, Limei Wang oversees marketing activities and manages all aspects of the production of Live Event Production. Ms. Wang is also the Producer of Backdrop NYC, the NYC TV series highlighting short films set in New York and the talent behind them. As producer, Ms. Wang curates the film selection and is responsible for taking ideas from inception to full creative production.

Ms. Wang was born in mainland China and grew up in Holland, and she is fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English. Ms. Wang started her career as an interpreter at The Hague for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, part of the government of the Netherlands. Ms. Wang has also worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as Marketing Manager at the Scientecmatrix Website Asia in Shanghai, a digital meeting point between Eastern and Western communities concerning global environmental pollution and striving for a healthier life by developing solutions for the environment.

Before joining NYC Media Group, Ms. Wang worked in London, Paris, Milan and Amsterdam as an Internal Operations Consultant for Burst Images Visual Production Company. Projects included One Night & Neverland MTV, Diesel fashion events, DMC World DJ contest Asia and Cannes Media Festival Events.

Limei Wang graduated from Haagse Hogeschool University in The Netherlands with a Bachelor’s of Business Management.

Winners

~ Best Picture ~
Say That You Love Me
Tadakuni Yasuda, New York University

~ Concord Award (Best Film Voted by the Audience) ~
Worth a Shot
Josh Margolin & Alex Wilk, Harvard-Westlake High School

~ Best Directed ~
Case History
John Klein and Mike Molenda, University of Notre Dame

~ Frontiers Award (Most Original Film) ~
Case History
John Klein and Mike Molenda, University of Notre Dame

~ Outreach Award (Best Film Dedicated to Community Service or of a Humanitarian Nature) ~
Srebrencia
Dalibor Stare, University of Buffalo

~ Best Editing ~
Spare Key
Eash Cumarasamy, Caitlin Quigley, Columbia University

~ Best Acting ~
Say That You Love Me
Tadakuni Yasuda, New York University

~ Best Screenplay ~
Say That You Love Me
Tadakuni Yasuda, New York University

~ Best Cinematography ~
Das Golem
Alex Whitney, Columbia University

~ Soundtrack Award (Best Use of Music & Sound) ~
Srebrenica
Dalibor Stare, University of Buffalo

~ Best Trailer ~
SEAS 2008
Robert Lin, Columbia University

Centerpiece Presentations

Outside a Dream
W. Michael Jenson & Jason M. Berman, University of Southern California

Life or Breath
Steve Desmond, University of Southern California

Official Selections: Finalists

SEAS 2008 – (Winner for Best Trailer)
Robert Lin, Columbia University

Say That You Love Me
Tadakuni Yasuda, New York University

Nun Hunt
Brad Wilson, Cornell University

Worth a Shot
Josh Margolin & Alex Wilk, Harvard-Westlake High School

Case History
John Klein and Mike Molenda, University of Notre Dame

Spare Key
Eash Cumarasamy, Caitlin Quigley, Columbia University

Das Golem
Alex Whitney, Columbia University

Srebrenica
Dalibor Stare, University of Buffalo

Honorably Mentioned Films

Present Today, Passe Tomorrow (Documentary)
Dace Willmott, New York University

Possession (Directing & Editing)
Erin Westcott & Emilly Gorski, University of Notre Dame

Shade (Directing & Acting)
Michelle Nash, New York University

The Right to Sing (Documentary)
JD Marlow, Emerson College

I Want More (Experimental)
Jee-Hye Ryu (Darcy), University of Buffalo

Escape from Nowhere (Directing & Editing)
Kevin McMullin, Holmdel High School

The Wrath of Norm Polanski (Comedy)
Joey DePaolo, New York University

Leak (Directing & Editing)
Noah Block-Harley and Michael Punkett, Columbia University

Angel (Comedy)
Alish Erman, Alec Whitney, Columbia University

World’s End (Directing/Editing)
Carlos del Rosario, Hunter College

Amazing Fantasy (Directing/Editing)
Carlos del Rosario, Hunter College

Una Historia de Amor Tipica (Experimental & Soundtrack Award)
Corey & Anthony Baggett, University of Notre Dame

The Spoils (Directing & Editing)
Josh Margolin & Alex Wilk, Harvard-Westlake High School

Semi Formal (Comedy & Editing)
Josh Margolin & Sam Alper, Harvard-Westlake High School

Rape (Directing & Acting)
Dan Lichtenberg, New York University

Over Easy (Directing, Editing & Acting)
Michael DiBiasio, Columbia University

The Coyote (Comedy)
Evan Muehlbauer, Columbia University

Remembering Jim Thatcher (Entertainment)
Xavier Vanegas, Columbia University

Third-Tier Award Winners

Sebastian (Entertainment)
Denison Hatch, Cornell University

Vraisemblance (Acting)
Blake Anderson, University of California – Santa Cruz

Eternal High (Content)
Bryce Mackie, Battle Creek Lakeview High School

Byron’s Angel (Content)
Yujiro Seki, University of California – Berkeley

Petals Around the Rose (Entertainment)
Daniel Schloss & Charlie Sohne, Oberlin University

Lost and Found (Entertainment & Cinematography)
David Berlin, Columbia University

Watchmen (Cinematography)
Jake Geiger, Hofstra University

Street: Long I Stood (Experimental)
Bryant Dameron, Virginia Commonwealth University

One Small Step (Entertainment)
Charlie Clark, John Glouchevitz, Cathy Pitoun, Harvard-Westlake High School

Safety in Numbers (Entertainment)
Max Freedman, Jackson Kroopf, Harvard-Westlake High School

With Adversity (Entertainment)
Ashley Maltz, Harvard-Westlake High School

Sustenanence (Directing)
Ian Adrian, Columbia University

A Horizontal Line (Experimental)
Paul Schmidt, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Vertical Motion (Entertainment)
Matthew Nardone, University of Buffalo

Bread & Blood (Entertainment)
Melissa Ende & Matthew Nardone, University of Buffalo

Double Dose of Death (Entertainment)
Melissa Ende & Matthew Nardone, University of Buffalo

A Deer in Your Headlights (Experimental)
Thomas Mullarney, St. Peters Prep High School

Missing Pieces (Entertainment)
Alex Wilk, Harvard-Westlake High School

I’ll Fly Away (Content)
Dan Bulger & Mikala Engel, University of Notre Dame

Entries for Enlightenment (Content)
David Larson & Nora Lewis, Woodside High School

Olafsson Berserker (Entertainment)
Lindsey Hanson, University of California – Berkeley

Three Seasons (Content)
Anat Levin, Hunter College

Cinemagical (Entertainment)
Evan Rosenman, The Pringry School

Filmmaker Bios

Tadakuni Yasuda

New York University
Say That You Love Me
WINNER: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Acting
Tadakuni Yasuda is originally from Japan. He has had classical piano training since the age of 6, and his musical ability has allowed him to have a good discipline, artistic mind and excellent timing to touch human emotions. He transfered to NYU, Tisch School of Arts in 2002. Tada’s films have been selected to school film festivals every single semester, enchanting and entertaning audience with his wacky sense of humor. Check out more about Tada at ohmytada.com

John Klein and Mike Molenda

University of Notre Dame
Case History
WINNER: Best Directed & Frontiers Award for Most Original Film
John Klein and Mike Molenda, both graduates of the class of 2006 in the film department at the University of Notre Dame, have collectively filmed and edited over twenty short films on digital video and on film during their four-year career at Notre Dame. Case History is their first collaboration. They have experience in prior festivals as well, with John’s first horror film “Duplicity” having been well-received at three other festivals and Mike’s black-and-white fantasy film “Sketchbook” also winning praise.
Mike’s short documentary, “Welcome to Snyderville,” which he co-directed with two other ND students, has received immense publicity as of late in northern Indiana for its small-town politics subject matter. It is currently being prepped for a run through the festival circuit, as is John’s second short horror film, entitled “Curse,” on which he served as director of photography. Both endeavor to become full-time cinematographers. Mike will be residing in South Bend, IN as a freelance PA for the next year, while John will be moving to Chicago in the fall to pursue similar employment in the big city.

Brad Wilson

Cornell University
Nun Hunt
FINALIST
Brad Wilson is a senior at Cornell University. His film “Penny: A Musical Comedy” recieved the Founder’s Award at the Ivy Film Festival at Brown University in 2005, and his film “Nun Hunt” was awarded Best Undergraduate Comedy at the festival in 2006. His work has also been shown at the New York International Independent Film Festival, the Columbia National Undergratuate Film Festival, and the North by Northeast festival in Toronto.

Dalibor Stare

University of Buffalo
Srebrenica
WINNER: Best Directed & Frontiers Award for Most Original Film
Dalibor Stare comes from former Yugoslavia. As the war started in 1992, Dalibor left and moved to Germany where, while working on his architectural design degree, he lived up until 1998. Since, he has resided and worked as arch. designer in Buffalo NY, while attending film production & theatre program at UB. He hopes to combine the architectural background with his film experience, and write, develop and direct narrative feature films.

Steve Desmond

University of Southern California
Life or Breath
Centerpiece Presentation
A Chicago native, Steve recently graduated from USC Film School with a degree in Cinema-Television Production. Other notable alumni include George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis. They have buildings named after them. Steve does not.
However, Steve was chosen as one of only four students to direct a senior thesis project (480). His short films have screened at festivals around the country and have garnered Steve an impressive collection of badges, programs, and business cards. He also won a Student Emmy Award.
Steve currently resides in picturesque Burbank, CA and makes a short daily commute to Beverly Hills where he works at the Pitt Group, a management/production company. He continues to live his dream of writing and directing movies for a wide range of audiences.

2007 best picture award

And the 2010 Winners are...

~ Best Picture ~

Action World
Aaron Fronk, Vince DeGaetano, and Cooper Johnson
Columbia College Chicago

~ Concord Award (for Most Popular Film) ~

Priceless
Jonathan Ong
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

~ Best Directed ~

Action World
Aaron Fronk, Vince DeGaetano, and Cooper Johnson
Columbia College Chicago

~ Best Screenplay ~

Fresas
Jason Outenreath
Oberlin College

~ Frontiers Award (for Most Original Film) ~

Old Man's Tomb
Matt Reynolds
Bates College, and The Maine Media Workshops

~ Best Editing ~

Wandering Star
Anthony Hays and Matt Yoka
University of Colorado, at Boulder

~ Best Acting ~

"Garbage Day!"
Victor Suarez and John Sadlik Columbia University of New York / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne

~ Best Cinematography ~

Warren Budd and his Propeller Plane
Jackson Adams
Emerson College

~ Opus Award (for Best Use of Music & Sound) ~

Developer
Erica M. Hart
Northwestern University

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