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University of Wisconsin-Superior senior Jessica Prihoda was one of twelve student filmmakers from across the United States who were nominated for a top award at the Headwaters Film Festival in Bemidji, Minn.
The Foxboro, Wis. native was one of a dozen student filmmakers who submitted 13 works for consideration at Bemidji State University's Student FilmFest, which awarded a $500 top prize to the winner.
The films covered a broad variety of genres, including documentary, narrative, silent musicals and experimental animation. In addition to being screened at the film festival, on April 11-12 the 13 student film submissions were also broadcast on BSU's student-run television station, KBSU-TV.
Prihoda is a graduate of Superior High School and graduated in May from UW-Superior with a Bachelor of Arts degree in media communication.
The Student FilmFest submissions had to be completed no earlier than March 2013. In addition to the $500 grand prize, there was a $250 second prize and two $125 awards for third prize and people's choice. There was also a Jury's Special Award. She was also one of the featured student presenters that took part in a question and answer session at the showcase.
Prihoda's film was titled, Painting the Community: A Portrait of Jeredt Runions. The documentary was about a UW-Superior student who is a local artist and is very involved in the local arts community. He has several wall murals around town and donates his artwork to benefits and organizations. During the documentary, he talks about his painting and why he donates his work for free. Part of his process is using wood instead of canvas. He gets scrap wood from companies, lumber mills and other donations and paints on top of it. Runions also waters down his paint so he doesn't have to use as much of it, extending the life of the paint. Here is the link to the film on YouTube: http://youtu.be/CsjYs9F9990.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a public liberal arts institution of 2,650 students in the Duluth-Superior, MN-WI metro area. Founded in 1893 as a teacher's college, UW-Superior now offers more than 30 majors, select graduate programs, and competitive Division III athletics programs, as well as research and scholarship that support the community and region.
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