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Festival Awards Student Filmmakers

Houston Settle and Jordan Berger accept the Spirit of the Hoka Award at the 2013 Oxford Film Festival. Photo by Danny Klimetz

Settle and Berger accept the Spirit of the Hoka Award at the 2013 Oxford Film Festival. Photo by Danny Klimetz

UM filmmakers Jordan Berger and Houston Settle won the Spirt of the Hoka Award for Best Mississippi Narrative for their film Tube at the 10th Oxford Film Festival. Berger (director, co-writer) and Settle (co-writer, actor), both theatre arts majors with cinema minors, are the youngest to receive the honor.

Tube—about an elderly woman living alone and surrounded by items she purchased from the Home Shopping channel—explores the  themes of nature and consumerism.

“Their work is really at the forefront of films being done in Mississippi,” said Alan Arrivée, director of cinema and assistant professor of theatre arts at the University of Mississippi.

The  Oxford Film Festival recognition follows accolades for Jordan and Houston’s earlier film Current, an official selection at the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival, that received multiple awards at the UM Cinema Competition.

The screenplay and production plan won the narrative category of the UM Cinema Competition and a $750 prize to help with production costs as well as the support of student costume designer Lydia Reed and the Department of Theatre Arts Costume Studio.

Current was shown at the annual screening of standout student films, An Evening of Cinema, and was recognized by the Department of Theatre Arts faculty with awards for Outstanding Cinematography (Britt Allen), Outstanding Cinema Performance (Gavin Fields), and Special Achievement in Cinema for Original Music (Daniel Russell).

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Rebecca Jernigan received the Oxford Film Festival Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award for Tube.

Berger and Settle were awarded Outstanding Body of Work in Cinema for their collaboration on the short films The Ninth Floor and Current.

“Our cinema competition is important to student artists,” Arrivée said. “Yes, it gives them an opportunity to make films, but more importantly, it teaches them about the process. This is definitely more about learning than about wowing the audience.”

 

VIDEOS

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2013 Oxford Film Festival Red Carpet Interview:
Filmmakers Houston Settle and Jordan Berger discuss “Tube”

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UM Cinema Competition Winners
Director Jordan Berger and Actor Houston Settle offer
insight about their short film ” The Ninth Floor.”

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2012 Oxford Film Festival
NewsWatch reporter Nick Will talks to UM Cinema Director
Alan Arrivée and student filmmakers Jordan Berger and
Houston Settle about their films at the 2012 Oxford Film Fest.