Freshman Filmmaker

Pepperdine student and filmmaker James Moore (second from the left) won an award for his film “Life Heist” at the Laughlin International Film Festival in Laughlin, Nev. Above, left, Ethan Hacken; right, Tom Ferguson

Pepperdine freshman and filmmaker James Moore took home the award for  best youth feature film at the Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF) for his project “Life Heist.” The 18-year-old creator wrote and shot the film over the summer in his home state of Vermont after being inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”

Moore’s film was also a finalist in Los Angeles’ CineFest, an official selection in New York’s New Filmmakers Festival and Indigo Moon Film Festival in Fayetteville, N.C., and also received an honorable mention at the Santa Monica Indie Film Festival.