The Dying Western

The Dying Western

Michael Kortlander (Director)
Colin Studebaker (producer)

Raised by a family of artists, Michael loves the power of a well told story. He has directed several short films and worked in Los Angeles as a script reader during the past two summers. Michael has also written several published short stories and over one hundred songs. He is a senior in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University (not Ohio State).

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Colin has been interested in photography and video since middle school. After graduation, he was able to explore this interest by becoming the official photographer of the Tour de Grandview bike race for two years in a row. The following summer he was able to further explore the field by being a production intern on both the National Geographic documentary Inside the Vietnam War and The Weather Channel’s new series When Weather Changed History.

The Dying Western: Howard obsessively pursues his dreams of being the next John Wayne, but has only been successful at playing dying extras in western movies. Set in 1960’s Hollywood, Howard’s steadfast commitment to his work gets in the way of his relationships at home as he practices for his roles by faking his death on a near-nightly basis.

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) ~

Jonathan Ong
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

~ Best Directed ~

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

~ Best Screenplay ~

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) ~

Erica M. Hart
Northwestern University

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