Sundial Film Festival Features Films by Simpson Students

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REDDING, Calif. – On Saturday, March 10, the fourth annual Sundial Film Festival will feature short films from local filmmakers, including three Simpson University students and a staff member.

The festival, which will take place at the Cascade Theatre, will offer a 1 p.m. matinée highlighting student and animated films and a 7 p.m. silver screen show featuring eight short films that will compete for various awards.

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticket prices are $7.50 for the matinee, $15 for the evening showing and $20 for both. Limited seating is available.

Caleb Warren, a senior at Simpson, and Janelle Roth, a junior, will have their film, “The Book of the Beginning,” which portrays the creation story from the Bible, shown during the evening program. Warren and Roth’s film took Best Picture at Simpson University’s annual EXPOSURE film festival in November.

"I feel honored to have this film accepted into the Sundial Film Festival,” said Warren. “Janelle and I began working on the film the first week of the fall semester. It feels great to put a lot of time and energy into a project and to see people enjoy watching it. The film has opened many doors to different opportunities, and I am excited to see where it will go from here. It has been an experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life."

Simpson student Crystal Stanfill will have her film, “Nightminds,” shown during the 1 p.m. showing. The film is a story of how a college student overcomes addictions by getting back into dancing and having support from friends.

Also being shown at the 1 p.m. matinée, is the animated film “The Tiger’s Gift,” by Jimi Bonogofsky, creative design assistant in the Simpson University’s marketing department. The film won the award for Best Animation.

“It’s such an honor to know that you made something that never existed before, and that others are able to enjoy and appreciate what you’ve created,” said Bonogofsky. “The film has been in many festivals around the world, but there’s something special about showing it at home, and actually getting to attend the screening. Making the film certainly wasn’t about winning prizes, but it is fun to have acknowledgment.”

The mission of the Sundial Film Festival is to educate and foster film and photography production among people who hope to discover an interest in or career using these mediums. The festival is sponsored by the Active 20-30 Club of Redding Foundation and supported by other various organizations and businesses.


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