2013 Festival First Place Winner: House and Home

House and Home, a fiction video produced by Anthony Saxe, took the First Place and the Prize of the Audience in 15 Minutes Max 2013.  Anthony is from Schenectady, NY. Last Spring he obtained a B.A. in Communications at The College of Saint Rose. Anthony was not able to attend the video festival last Friday but, just in case, he recorded an acceptance speech and his mother, Linda DiVirgilio, was in attendance and accepted the awards on his behalf.

House and Home tells the story of a homeless man breaking into a house… And making himself at home! If you would like to know how this story ends, just check out Anthony’s video below.

And here is Anthony Saxe’s acceptance video:

Stay (second place)

Nicole DeMarco won the prize for the Second Place in the 15 Minutes Max 2013 video festival. Nicole is from Long Island and attended Saint Rose as a Music Industry student. She graduated in May 2013 and this was her first time submitting work for the student video festival. Stay is a music video that Nicole produced for her own original song with the same title. The song and video mesmerized those attending the festival last Friday. Take a look at Nicole’s video below.

Four Strings (third place)

Derick Noetzel produced Four Strings, the video that won Third Place in 15 Minutes Max 2013. Derick is from Oxford, NY, and went to Broome Community College in Binghamton before transferring to Saint Rose. He is a Film and New Media student and a junior. His video is beautifully shot–even though it was made for an introductory filmmaking class! Check out Four Strings below:

 

Derick also submitted the promotional video Drew and the Grand Spectacular, which he produced for the student band of the same name during his first week as a student at Saint Rose. Check it out below.

These Lonely Streets

Here is the video done by Kathy Amendolara. Kathy is from Grafton, NY, and studies at The College of Saint Rose. She is a sophomore and majors in Communications with a concentration in Film and New Media. These Lonely Streets is a music video with a very catchy song. Check out the video below!

Pelo Guerra / Hair War

Here is the link to watch the video submitted as a group project by Katie Bouchard, Conor Brinser, Meaghan Hurley, and Kristina Laverde. It is a video entirely in Spanish with English subtitles and was produced as a project for a Spanish class. The video is all about a “war” between people with curly hair against people with straight hair. It was quite a hit and got a lot of laughs when shown to the audience. Check out Pelo Guerra on YouTube here:

And the winners are…

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First off, thank you to everyone that made it to our second annual 15 Minutes Max video festival last Friday, October 4. There was a great turnout to watch the selected videos! However, for those of you who really wanted to drop by but could not, in this post we are listing  the winners of 15 Minutes Max 2013. Moreover,  throughout the week we will be posting the six videos that made up the festival’s selection this year. Make sure to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (#15MinsMax) for more information!

Here are the winners announced on Friday:

First Place: Anthony Saxe with House and Home (Fiction)

Second Place: Nicole DeMarco with Stay (Music)

Third Place: Derick Noetzel with Four Strings (Fiction)

Prize of the Audience: Anthony Saxe with House and Home

See above some photos of the event (courtesy of Richard Bowman) that we have selected for you. And stay tuned for videos by Meaghan Hurley and Kathy Amendolara coming up right after this post!

15 Minutes Max Spotlight- Past winner Christine Neely

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Christine Neely

Won the Best Nonfiction Video Prize, and Prize of the Audience 2012

Video: One Day on Earth: Prattsville, NY

Christine is from Clifton Park, NY, and attended school in Arizona before transferring to Saint Rose. She majored in psychology and photography, and graduated in 2011.

How did you hear about the 15 Minutes Max festival?

My old senior seminar teacher emailed me.

How was your overall experience with the 15 Minutes Max Festival?

Good! It needs to be more advertised outside of the communications department.

Have you ever entered video festivals in the past or was this your first one?

First one!

Why or how did you choose the topic for your video?

I saw “one day on earth” on Vimeo and decided to participate after Hurricane Irene.

Would you say that winning a prize in the 15 Minutes Max Festival will affect in any way your interest in video production?

I’m primarily a photographer now for my profession. I have hearing problems so I’m not competitive in my field as a videographer. It’s worthwhile though and encouraging.

Why are you interested in video production? Do you think that video production is particularly relevant or significant in today’s world?

It’s the “compliment” to my field as a photographer. It was a curiosity, not my job.

15 Minutes Max Spotlight- Past winner Susan Walensky

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Susan Walensky (in the photo with Kim Middleton, current Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities).

Won Best Fiction Video Prize 2012

Video: Three Amigos

Susan is from Gloversville, NY, and she was a communications major at The College of Saint Rose before graduating in 2013.

How did you hear about the 15 Minutes Max festival?  

A lot of my professors in the Communications department mentioned it in class. I didn’t think of entering it until my friend, John MacDonald, decided to enter.

How was your overall experience with the 15 Minutes Max Festival?

My overall experience was great. I had no expectations for the festival. I entered to impress my friend and winning was a total shock.

Have you ever entered video festivals in the past or was this your first one?

This was my first! I haven’t entered another since then.

Why or how did you choose the topic for your video?

The whole concept and filming of the video came about really quickly. I’m very into doing random arts & crafts projects. Out of boredom one day, my friend Kate Maher and I decided to build a castle out of cardboard for one of my stuffed animals.  We decided to incorporate that into the video by having my Baby Spice be a damsel in distress.  I actually had initially created the video just to impress my friend John MacDonald, so it came about very quickly with little thought into it.

Would you say that winning a prize in the 15 Minutes Max Festival has affected in any way your interest in video production?

It definitely gave me a lot more confidence!

Why are you interested in video production? Do you think that video production is particularly relevant or significant in today’s world?

I’m interested in video production because I love creating something that can inform or entertain someone. Video production can cover a vast variety of topics and isn’t cut and dry. I think video production is more prevalent in our society now than ever before.