School of Communications Alumni, Faculty Win Awards at St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Jul. 24, 2019

School of Communications Alumni, Faculty Win Awards at St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase 

The Showcase Juried Award winners 2019 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase have been announced. Seven SOC alums and a faculty member won a total of 10 awards. The showcase ran the weekends of July 12-14 and July 19-21 in Brown Hall on the Washington University campus.

Some of the more prestigious awards included Best Documentary under 20 Minutes, Best Narrative Film under 20 Minutes, Best Narrative Feature over 20 Minutes, Best Animated Film, Best Comedy, Best Horror, and Best Experimental Film.

Recent alumnus Robert Cox won the Best Animated Film award for Sodapop. Associate professor of animation Chris Sagovac explained that Cox employed UPA-style animation in the film. It is a style popular from the 40s to the 70s at the United Productions of America animation studio in Hollywood. Sagovac noted, "It's been refreshing to see him working in a unique style and being recognized for it."

Kat Cory, a May 2009 alumna, directed the film, Bodies Like Oceans. It won awards for Best Documentary under 20 Minutes, Best Cinematography, and Best Use of Music. Cory was credited for all three awards.

Cody Stokes, a May 2007 alumnus, directed perhaps the most recognized feature, The Ghost Who Walks. It won an award for Best Narrative over 20 Minutes. It also won awards for Best Makeup/Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

The directors of all seven films that placed best in their film categories have been invited to screen their films in competition during the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Zlatko Cosic, an adjunct associate professor and December 2008 alumnus, has also been invited to screen, Story 3: Scenes 1-9. It was one of his three entries in the showcase.

Aaron Aubuchon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Film, Television and Video Production, said, "I am utterly thrilled with the outcomes of the 2019 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase and am proud of our association with so many of the winners. It is exciting to watch the Saint Louis filmmaking community expand and develop, and it's especially exciting to have a front row seat watching new talent develop out of the Film, Television and Video Production Program in the School of Communications. Congratulations to all the winners and to the many other Webster students, faculty and alumni who also participated this year."

Showcase Juried Award Winners

Awards and recognition by entrants with an affiliation to Webster University's School of Communications:

Documentary Films
Best Use of Music, Bodies Like Oceans, Kat Cory
Best Cinematography, Bodies Like Oceans, Kat Cory
Best Documentary under 20 Minutes, Bodies Like Oceans, directed by Kat Cory, BA video production - May 2009

Narrative Films
Best Narrative Film under 20 Minutes – The Foghorn Trilogy, directed by Mike Steinberg, BA video production - May 2004
Best Narrative Feature over 20 Minutes – The Ghost Who Walks, directed by Cody Stokes, BA film production management - May 2007
Best Editing – Who's Paisley? edited by Samuele Baiamonte, BA film production - May 2014
Best Animated Film – Sodapop, animated and directed by Robert Cox, BA animation - May 2019
Best Comedy – Catlove, directed by Gary Lobstein, BA media communications - August 2002
Best Horror –The Boogie Man, directed by Mikayla (Micah) Deeken, BA film, television and video production - May 2019

Experimental Films
Best Experimental Film – Locomotive Organisms, directed by Chris Aaron, assistant professor, film, television and video production and animation


Invitees to SLIFF 2019

Chris Aaron – Locomotive Organisms
Kat Cory – Bodies Like Oceans
Zlatko Cosic – Story 3: Scenes 1-9
Robert Cox – Sodapop
Mikalah (Micah) Deeken – The Boogie Man
Gary Lobstein – Catlove
Mike Steinberg – The Foghorn Trilogy
Cody Stokes – The Ghost Who Walks

The 28th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 7-17, 2019.

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