Frozen Film Festival features Metropolitan State student filmmakers

By Robert Boos
Posted January 18, 2016

Frozen Film Festival features Metropolitan State student filmmakers

The work of 13 student screenwriters and directors is being showcased in a special section of the 2016 Frozen Film Festival in Saint Paul. The eclectic collection of 11 short, dramatic films screens at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul. The program lasts 65 minutes. Tickets are $10 at the door or available for purchase online here.

The Frozen Film Festival is a three-day event featuring contemporary dramatic and documentary films and it’s a part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. For more information about the festival and the students’ work, visit stpff.com.

“This collection of short films is a snapshot in time into the imaginations of 13 student screenwriters/directors. Themes include friendship, current events, domestic violence and alcoholism. There are whimsical parodies, enigmatic dramas, a personal documentary and a pilot sketch comedy webseries. The unifying element is that each film is the result of a personal vision—written, directed, produced and edited by each individual filmmaker and crewed by classmates.” Says James Byrne, professor and screenwriting program coordinator.

For many of the students, this represents either their first or second film they have written, directed, produced and edited. The students come from a variety of programs at Metropolitan State, including screenwriting, professional communication, creative writing, theater and individual studies.

The students selected for the Frozen Film Festival are Peder Aalgard, Timothy Clark, Ryan Wilke, Matt Becker, Kong Xiong, Mayank Kant, Jenna Jahner, Autumn Kisling, Charles Nolan, Tom Cunningham, Brian Jackson, Denny Yang and Ian Withey.