Baylor Film and Digital Media Premiers 2015 Black Glasses Film Festival at Hippodrome

April 27, 2015
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WACO, Texas (April 27, 2015) – Baylor has its very own collegiate film festival, and it’s so cool it has to wear shades.

Baylor’s 16th Annual Black Glasses Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Waco Hippodrome Theater.

“The most exciting part of this year’s festival is our return to the newly refurbished Waco Hippodrome,” said Christopher Hansen, director of film and digital media and associate professor of Film & Digital Media. “Now that the Hippodrome is completely renovated, we look forward to a long partnership with them. It’s a chance for us and our students to take our work off the Baylor campus and out into the community.”

The Black Glasses Film Festival, named after the black-rimmed glasses worn by a former professor in the department, was originally started by a group of students in 1999. Today with the sponsorship of Baylor’s film and digital media division in the department of communication studies, the annual event allows student filmmakers and screenwriters the opportunity to showcase their work in front a more expansive audience.

“Black Glasses is, for most of our students, their first opportunity to showcase their work to a larger audience and to an audience that extends beyond their own circle of friends. We want them to experience the excitement and anxiety of putting their work in front of people and allowing them to respond. It’s a rite of passage that we feel is a really valuable experience,” Hansen said.

The films selected for the festival are representative of the department’s best as determined by film and digital media faculty. Faculty members will also nominate their top choices to determine festival winners by film genre.

Student productions will be as follows (in alphabetical order):

• “Alex” by Nsela Ndando

• “Are We Dead? A Manly Discourse With Daniels and Jenkins” by Aaron Carter

• “The Artist’s Way” by Michael McHugh

• “Bored” by Gabe Lipton

• Bright House, "Confidence" music video by Zach Stockton, Christopher Newton, Taylor Lewis, Jesus Garcia, Sydney King, Julia Eckardt and Alexander Keller

• “The Curious Case of the Missing Stockings” by Christian Oliveira

• “Dual Interests” by Daniel Lee Beard

• “Light: A Dance Film” by Zachary Korpi

• “The Lingerie Killer” by Carolina Nikchevich

• “Liquid Salvation” by Ian Parker

• “The Lost Bear” by Christina Gray

• “Lucid” by Logan Trent, Skyler Phillips, and Austin Wadkins

• Manifest Music Co., "Dance" music video by Zach Veatch, Taylor Rose Morgan, Samuel Hanson and Brandi Cadette

• “Song of the Silent” by Joanna Triebel

• “Stray” by Brynn Sankey

• “Tough Love” by Christina Gray

• “The Track Jacket” by Cory Ewing and Emily Durkin

• “The Unforgiving Servant” by Clint Keller

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, children and seniors.

Visit The Waco Hippodrome’s website herefor purchasing.

The Waco Hippodrome Theater is located at 724 Austin Ave. in Waco.

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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