Pepperdine hosts first student-led film festival

Pepperdine University students and film industry leaders are joining forces to present “Reelstories Filmfest,” a student-led film festival showcasing student-produced films and two award-winning feature-length documentaries for the public.

The first of its kind at Pepperdine, the free film festival takes place Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the university.

A celebrity panel of judges, including Jonah Nolan (“The Dark Knight,” “The Prestige,” “Memento”), Randall Wallace (“Braveheart,” “The Man in the Iron Mask”), Tom Shadyac (“Bruce Almighty,” “Patch Adams”), as well as executives of Sony Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment will be present.

The event will showcase top Pepperdine student films, selected in advance by judges from dozens of entries, as well as two feature-length documentaries: “The Human Experience” (being shown in Smothers Theatre) and “Red Gold” (being shown in Elkins Auditorium). Guests will choose a venue based on the feature film they wish to view.

“We hope this event gives people an appreciation for films that inspire us to spark change,” Katie Stjernholm, Pepperdine senior and one of the festival directors, said in a press release. “We want to inspire people to share meaningful stories that shape the type of world that we envision.”

The event kicks-off with a premiere party, featuring student musicians, art exhibits, coffee trucks and an expo of booths from various organizations. The evening will conclude with an award ceremony and reception held under the stars. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.


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By Olivia Damavandi

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