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March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

It's Baldwin Time Again!

Boston College's best student filmmakers will get their night on the red carpet tomorrow when the second annual Baldwin Awards take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

There are 14 categories for the student-produced films and videos, including Best Actor, Cinematography, Comedy, Drama, as well as Music Video and Best Work by a Non-Major. The entries were screened at the first Baldwin Film Festivals on March 16, and a panel of judges - comprised of students and Communication and Fine Arts faculty - selected the winners.

In addition, for the "Viewers Choice" category, members of the BC community were able to view all the films at the Baldwin Awards Web site [www.bc.edu/baldwins] and vote for their favorite.

A perusal of some Baldwin hopefuls finds a range of tone, style and approach: "A Night with Trev Dubs," a humorous documentary-style portrait of a fictitious BC student and his unsettling devotion to doll-collecting; "Head Over Heels" and "I Want to Be Buried in Your Backyard," both of which are "silent" films that rely on the interplay of images and soundtrack; dramas such as "Matinee," "Myrtle Street" and "Julia," which make use of more advanced production techniques.

Two entries are apt to be somewhat familiar to the BC community: an episode of "The BC," the popular Web-based satire of Fox TV's "The OC"; and "LXJ: The League of Extraordinary Jesuits," a cinematic parody by the student comedy group Hello...Shovelhead!

Awards co-organizer Michael Civille, a part-time Fine Arts Department faculty member who teaches in the Film Studies Program, says there is no doubt in his mind that the Baldwins have sparked interest among budding BC filmmakers - whose numbers, evidently, are considerable.

"Last year, there were a lot of automatic entries from the various courses, but this year it was up to the filmmakers themselves to enter, and they delivered more independent entries - over 50 - than last year.

"The overall pool of films is also greater than last year - last year's was strong, but this year it was less clear which of the films would win or be nominated. We had films not nominated in certain categories that would have definitely been nominated last year. In addition, we decided to add two more nominees to each category, and we were happy to see that adding films didn't weaken the category."

-Sean Smith

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