Columbia students ‘Thirsty Enough’ for Sprite

By Carleigh Turner For the second year in a row a Columbia film has been selected as a finalist in the Sprite Films competition, which gives student filmmakers national exposure. Cinema art + science graduate student Robert Forney’s short film “Thirsty Enough” is one of the six finalists chosen from 135 scripts. Films by Green Ribbon Panel Award winners will be screened at select theaters in August 2014, and winners will be given the opportunity to work on an exclusive Sprite video project. There is also a “Fan Favorite” portion of the competition in which U.S. fans ages 13 and older can vote online for their favorite short film at the Sprite Films website, until May 15. The winner and his or her college’s film department will be given a $5,000 as a result of winning the “Fan Favorite” portion of the competition as well as a trip to the American Film Institutes’s November film festival. Voters will also be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win prizes such as a trip to Universal Orlando Resort. Forney’s 50-second short film follows a dancer, painter and basketball player who are striving to make a mark on the world but struggling to find success because they are not “thirsty enough,” a motto Forney thought would promote the drink and describe his short film. He said that his script was chosen in the first week of February and began production immediately with the help of several Columbia students and alumni: producer Mark Winters; director of photography Miles Kerr; production designer Elizabeth Kennedy; and editor Kyusik Gam, along with nearly 100 current students. “[Winning] would be a huge deal for me,” Forney said. “Hopefully it would be just what I needed to jump-start my professional career. This would probably be the nicest piece of work I’ve done yet and the one that I’m proudest of.” Read the full article here: http://www.columbiachronicle.com/campus/article_d8e9619c-bc7a-11e3-92a0-001a4bcf6878.html

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