By Kami Rieck
April 28, 2017 marks the day where alumni will become judges. Winners will be announced, and the audience will be laughing all night long.
The media arts department of Concordia Lutheran High School hosted their first-ever comedy festival in March of 2016, which gave aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to produce a film that could be shown on the big screen. This April 28, they are bringing it back again.
All middle and high school students from around the community were welcome to submit content, and the finalists’ films would all be shown the night of the festival where the winners would be rewarded.
Saturday Night Live performer Nick Rutherford; 2002 Concordia graduate Joe Harkenrider; and Julie Kraut, whose work has been featured in The New York Times, were all judges from last year’s film festival.
The event was a huge success and is the reason why Concordia proceeded to host another festival, but this time with a twist. The categories expanded, and students could submit an animated film, documentaries and action films as well as comedy. It will also be held at the Neff Hall at IPFW, and no tickets are required.
Alumni Joe Harkenrider will be returning as a judge this year, along with many media arts instructors at Huntington University and ’00 Concordia graduate Kenn Loechner.
“A lot of the entries last year were awesome; I’m really interested in seeing what a lot of the creators from last year did, and what they’re bringing this year. I’m sure they’ve progressed through their education, and have hopefully put out even better and funnier products,” Joe Harkenrider explains.
The list of the finalists videos have been announced, and can be viewed here: http://www.clhscadets.com/apps/news/article/697231.
Senior Brent Fugate, who had three films make the final cut, reflects, “I’m really excited because I have the potential for winning three different prizes in three different categories, and I’m excited to see my old pal Joe from last year.”