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Oxnard Press Courier Newspaper Archive: April 25, 1971 - Page 41

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   Press-Courier, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1971, Oxnard, California                               YOUTH HAS ITS Student Movies Unveiled The movie camera used as a third eye, in- vestigating new forms of expression, poking the ribs of the "Establishment" and probing the public's social conscience, has been discovered by young people as a powerful tool for commu- nication. Station KTLA, believing that young people have some important things to say and that creativity should be encouraged, is presenting an hour-long television spe- cial showcasing the work of student film- makers. The program, "Student Film Festival: Take the first in what may become a series of similar presentations, is scheduled to air in col- or on Channel 5 from 9 to 10 p.m. tonight. Ten short films, with themes ranging from the whimsical to the provocative, have been se- lected from Universal Studios' Student Film Li- brary for screening on the program. If any one of the films'touches the viewer, then its creator has done his job. He has com- municated and that's his reach the emotions of an audience and to convey an ex- perience. As is the case with a few, sometimes a story or plot isn't needed to accomplish this end. Although the running time of the films to be shown on the KTLA program varies from one minute to 12 minutes, length of the films is unimportant. As student fim-maker John Longenecker says, "A film should be as long as' it takes to say what it is you want to say." j Longenecker, a recent graduate of the Uni- versity of Southern California's School of Ci- nema, was chosen by KTLA to produce and host the special. A portion of his own student' film, "The Resurrection of Broncho Billy." which won an Oscar as "The Best Live-Action Short Subject" in 1970, will be shown on the special. Joining him for brief discussion on the films as they are screened are professional film direc- tor and cinematographer William A. Fraker; ac- tress Kristin Nelson, who stars in "Broncho Bil- and student film-maker Steve Pouliot. Four of the films on the "Student Film Festival: Take One" were produced by stu- dents at USC and one by students at Loyola. The others come from schools in New York, Florida, Canada and Germany. The films, although produced on extremely limited budgets, are representative of the innovative and creative product coming frorr these talented young film-makers. Their work and techniques employed are considered to ap- proach professional standards in quality, 'Where do we find new creative is the constant lament of the television and mo- tion picture says KTLA Vice Presi- dent and Genera! Manager John T. Reynolds. "If the industry is to grow and flourish, it must contribute by seeking out and stimulating the young creative minds in the fields of writ- ing, directing and producing. We hope this pro- .gram will encourage these young film-makers by giving them nn opportunity to exhibit their work to the public at large and not just to a few of their friends and relatives." Director William Fraker, John Longenecker, Kristin Nelson and Steve Pouliot.   

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