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3 March 2008: MFD – Golden Reels and Red Carpets

Posted by Christina on March 19, 2009

scene_setter_red_carpet_lg-copyThe Mad Film Dash at UCI is one of my favorite events. The awards ceremony is the best part because they show all the films nominated and you really get to see some of the extraordinary talent hidden behind textbooks and storyboard dreams.

New University Newspaper: MFD – Golden Reels and Red Carpets

MFD: Golden Reels and Red Carpets
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 41, Issue 20 | Mar 03 2008

The idea of having a college campus film festival is not unique to UC Irvine and the bookstore. Still, it is with guys like fourth-year music major Andrew Capra and fourth-year film and media studies major, Morgan Swift, that our Mad Film Dash has proven to be one of the most innovative and exciting events of them all.

In the Pacific Ballroom last Wednesday, students were finally enjoying the fruits of their tuition dollars with the new Student Center. A rowdy group gathered before an entrance paved with a red carpet and crowned with blinding lights, ready for the Mad Film Dash Awards Ceremony.

Hollywood can keep its Oscars and the French can keep their Cesar du cinema. Mad Film Dash winners received a golden reel case to represent their crowning achievement within such a singularly creative and stellar event. Each of the 25 films screened were excellent in their own right.

The evening’s award ceremony showcased how the event has matured into a positive, creative outlet within the UCI student community. From danceable music video numbers to murderous detective stories and high drama scenarios, nothing was off limits for this year’s teams. With over 58 completed films, there was a little bit of everything to go around.

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20 February 2007: WEB EXCLUSIVE – Team Uuta 24-Hour Mad Film Dash Profile

Posted by Christina on March 3, 2009

mfd_web_bgThe 24-hour Mad Film Dash at UCI is quite an exceptional event. At midnight, groups of filmmakers who have previously registered for the contest, collect for their random assignment. They then have 24 hours to make their short film in hopes of appeasing the judges – usually professors and faculty members – come awards ceremony time.

New University Newspaper: WEB EXCLUSIVE – Team Uuta 24-Hour Mad Film Dash Profile

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Team Uuta 24-Hour Mad Film Dash Profile
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 40, Issue 18 | Feb 20 2007

If you’re a baseball fan, you might have heard about Slaughter’s Mad Dash that allowed Enos Slaughter of the St. Louis Cardinals to afford his team the title of winners of the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. It was Slaughter’s dash to home plate that made the score 4-3, winning the World Series for the St. Louis team.

For UC Irvine students, however, a ‘mad dash’ means just a short 24 hours to produce one of the most creative outbursts of their lives as the UCI Bookstore hosted its Third Annual 24-Hour Mad Film Dash, starting Friday, Feb. 9 at midnight. This year’s productions have been some of the cleverest yet.

The scene around the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Friday night, was packed with the anticipation of 89 teams finally receiving their prompts. Some were just feeling the caffeine fix kick in while others were fighting off the thought that at midnight, it would technically be Saturday and way past bedtime. You could pick out the night owls in the crowd, though: the kids whose clothes had seemed to withstand an entire day of wear and tear and remain ready for an active and sleepless night. They were calm and ready to take on the competition.

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