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Six HU Arizona Films in Phoenix Film Fest

PEORIA, AZ. — Huntington University Arizona is pleased to announce that six films created by HU Arizona students were screened at the Phoenix Film Festival, a nationally recognized film festival. This is the fourth consecutive year HU Arizona student work has been accepted in the festival (every year of HU Arizona’s existence), but this is the largest group of accepted films.

“The Phoenix Film Festival has quickly become a fantastic partner for our Huntington University Arizona film program,” said Phil Wilson, program director and assistant professor of film. “Festival Director Jason Carney has come to HU Arizona a number of times, both as a part of the launch of the Peoria Film Fest and as a guest speaker to our Senior Film Production classes.”

The following HU Arizona films will be screened at the Phoenix Film Festival:

“The Legend of Brodan”
Written and Directed by Dabney Jackson and starring former American
Gladiator Don “Hollywood” Yates

“What We Become”
Written and Directed by Stephen Davis

“Stranger”
Written and Directed by Chloe Caufield

“Bubble”
Written and Directed by Briana Valenzuela

“Be There”
Written and Directed by Stephen Davis

“Security Blanket”
Written and Directed by HUAZ Senior, Chris Blackford.

“Bubble” is the first animated short film from the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts to receive this honor. “Stranger,” “What We Become,” “Bubble” and “Be There” are all BEA award-winning films. “Stranger” and “What We Become” have won Rocky Mountain Emmy Student Production Awards.

The Phoenix Film Festival will take place at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre from November 12-22, 2020.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. Since that time, students have created regionally and nationally awarded work, including ADDY awards, BEA Best of Fest awards, and Emmy Student Production Awards. The 30,000-square-foot building houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media, and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, a Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).