Groundbreaking Film Festival Uses Internet2 Network to Exhibit Original Student Film and Video
Cleveland, Ohio - June 07, 2007 - The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) and Internet2 announced today the dates of their first joint film festival. The OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival will showcase student work from the 2006-2007 school year over three nights of screenings from July 19 through July 21, during the Ingenuity Festival at Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja Hall.
Student directors and producers participating in the festival will use Internet2 technologies to submit and screen their films for the festival. In doing so, the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival demonstrates the true viability of Internet technology to deliver high quality digital entertainment.
Each night of the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival will focus on different areas of the OSTN Channel's programming: short films, documentaries and student television shows. The screenings will spotlight select student work from institutions such as USC, Brown University, Duke University, the Asian Young Filmmakers Forum and the International Film School of Paris as well as work from Cleveland- area schools such as Oberlin College, John Carroll University and the University of Akron. The documentary screening will also feature portions of OSTN's first ever public service initiative, HBO's "Addiction."
"This Festival is a celebration of the original, inspiring work of student filmmakers," said Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. "We are pleased to collaborate with Internet2 to create this platform for student filmmakers to showcase their talent and creativity."
Following each night's screening at 9pm EDT, Internet2 members' high capacity, high performance national, regional and campus networks will provide an interactive videoconference linking student directors with press and audience attending the film festival for a live Q&A session.
"The OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival creates an innovative venue for student filmmakers to share their work and experiences in a rich and interactive environment," said Ann Doyle, program manager for Internet2's Arts and Humanities Initiative. "High quality videoconferencing and video streaming technologies continue to break traditional geographic boundaries providing students access and exposure to new opportunities."
Because of the support of local and national sponsors, each of the film festival screenings is a free event. Through outreach to its member institutions, OSTN brings recognition to Cleveland's growing arts and technology design industry to a nationwide audience.
Showcase Details: OSTN Short Film Showcase - Thursday, July 19 This showcase features two hours worth of the year's best short films from around the world, including two premiers from the 2007 Ivy Film Festival, The Guided Storm from Jeonbuk Independent Film Association and Cataracts by Nina Sarnelle from Oberlin College. Other Ivy Film Festival competitors featured are Attack of the Cephalopods by Eric Bramley and Dave Logan from Duke University and Crispy Bacon by Olivier Farmachi from the International Film School of Paris.
OSTN Documentary Film Showcase - Friday, July 20 Friday's showcase presents two hours of the OSTN Channel's best documentaries. Works include Trauma by Robert Duns from John Carroll University, Voices of the Past, Faces of the Present by Genna Duberstein from Ohio State University, and a show from OSTN's first ever public service initiative, HBO's Addiction.
OSTN Student Television Showcase - Saturday July 21 On Saturday evening, OSTN features the very best of its student television programming and airs favorite episodes of Brown University's Elected, USC's Birnkrant 616, Ball State University's Something Else TV (SETV), and the University of Akron's Akron After Hours.
For more information, see: http://www.internet2.edu/arts/ filmfestival2007.html
OSTN is the leading provider of educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to 42 million subscribers at more than 4,500 university member campuses and 42 countries around the globe. OSTN can be viewed on televisions and personal computers.
In North America, OSTN uses Internet2's advanced network to distribute programming to members. It uses ORION in Ontario, Canada and the GEANT2 Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the Middle East & Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE, Mexico via CUDI and Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit www.ostn.tv/.
About Internet2 (R)
Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. By bringing research and academia together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community, Internet2 promotes collaboration and innovation that has a fundamental impact on the future of the Internet.
About Ingenuity Fest
Ingenuity Fest is a four-day celebration of art, music, dance, theater, and technology-including cutting-edge, art-and-technology collaborations and integrations. World-class artists from across the United States as well as Canada and Europe present original works along with the finest of Northeast Ohio's performing and visual artists. Tickets are available through the Playhouse Square box office. For more information about the Third Annual Ingenuity Fest, call 216-589-9444, or visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com
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