2014 Trinity Film Festival Highlighted by Noteworthy Judging Panel

Festival Receives Sponsorship from Regal Cinemas and Panavision
Hartford, Conn. – The third Trinity Film Festival will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 5 p.m., at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College.  The festival will feature selected top undergraduate short films from around the country.  A sponsorship by Regal Cinemas makes possible three cash prizes totaling $3,000 and a prize awarded by vote of the audience, which will be unveiled at a post-screening event.  In addition to sponsorship from Regal Cinemas, Panavision is sponsoring this year’s Festival with a $7,500 camera rental package, to be awarded at the event.  A red carpet awards ceremony and catered reception with live music will follow the film screenings.  Winning films will be determined by a professional film panel, as listed below. 

Click here to watch a Trinity Film Festival endorsement from Mark Moses, known for his acting roles in Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, and many other television and film productions.  Click here for a recent Trinity Reporter article about the Trinity Film Festival. 

2014 Judging Panel:

Bill Raymond
is an industry veteran, known for his roles in films including Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, television shows including The Wire, and for his acting talent on stage, including his long-time role as Scrooge in Hartford Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol. 
Henry Alford
Humorist and journalist Henry Alford writes a monthly column in the New York Times and is the author of five books. Sometimes heard on public radio, he's written often for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and is included in the new book, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers.  He studied film at New York University, and then went on to work in the film industry for four years as a casting associate, helping to cast movies directed by Ridley Scott, Sidney Lumet, and Herbert Ross.

Lauren Cook is an associate professor at the University of Hartford, School of Communication - Cinema Program.  Cook teaches all aspects of film production in the department.  She has developed a broad array of filmmaking classes, including sound design, documentary film, animation, narrative film, experimental film and cinematography.   Her award-winning experimental and documentary films have screened internationally at venues including the Des Moines Art Center, Sao Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Black Maria Film Festival, PDX, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at the Museum of Natural History in N.Y., and the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. 

James Hanley is the Co-Founder of Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College, along with Peter McMorris ‘73.  Hanley has been in film most of his life, starting out as a teenage technical apprentice with Cinerama, and then working as a production assistant on the sets of  2001: A Space Odyssey and Far From the Madding Crowd.

Cinestudio is regarded as one of the premier independent movie theaters in the country, complete with an Austrian gold screen curtain and balcony seating.  The venue, which shows well over one hundred movies each year, from independent foreign films to Hollywood blockbusters, is host to other significant annual film festivals as well, including the Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival held each May-June, and the April in Paris (French language) Film Festival.

Regal Entertainment Group operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,381 screens in 578 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of March 27, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas.  For more, visit www.regmovies.com.

Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions.  For more visit www.panavision.com. 

“Panavision is proud to support the Trinity Film Festival. We strive to encourage students to pursue their artistic vision and continue their education in filmmaking,” said Terra Bliss, Vice President & General Manager, Panavision New York.
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