Press Release: ELONDOCS First Student Film Festival

ELON, N.C.- Elon University’s ElonDocs program is debuting its first student film festival April 28-29 in room 001, the screening room, in McEwen starting at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night.

The showcase film will be “Dying to Get In: Undocumented Immigration at the U.S./Mexico Border,” the first Elon student led documentary to be produced under ElonDocs.

Showing Saturday at 7 p.m., the film will start the second evening of the festival. “Dying to Get In” by former student Brett Tolley tells the story of Ramon, a 52-year-old father of two trying to make enough money to put his son through school, and Francesca, a 32-year-old mother who explains how her faith in God will guide her family across the desert. “Dying to Get In” won the Best Student Film Award at the Plymouth Independent Film Festival.

“As part of the Elon Program for Documentary Production, students have learned the methods of documentary through their own productions and through collaboration on the projects of other students and faculty,” said Ray Johnson, assistant professor of communications and one of the faculty leaders for the ElonDocs program. “ElonDocs worked with students on every stage of the project from story conception to promotional materials.”

Several other student films will be screened including, “Lost Boys, Lost Years,” about the boys of Sudan, “Being the Best and Loving It,” on the gifted and talented in Kentucky, and “From Cerebral Palsy to SEAL,” a profile on Chris Hendricks who hopes to be the first cerebral palsy sufferer to complete Navy SEAL training. Also screening is “Carter on Carter,” a profile of Pulitzer winner Horace Carter, “Beneath the Falls,” a film on malnutrition in Honduras, and “Kinderville,” and update on Elon’s civil rights series.

“We are excited to be showcasing these films for the community. The collaboration between students, staff and faculty has produced enormous energy and resulted in an impressive body of work. The students should be commended for their commitment and hard work,” said Brooke Barnett, assistant professor of communications at Elon and a faculty leader for the ElonDocs program.

The festival is free and starts at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights. The festival will be held in McEwen 011 (the screening room) on campus at Elon University and is open to the public. Elon students produced all the films screening at the festival.

ElonDocs is the epicenter for faculty-sponsored student documentary work of all types at Elon University. The program encourages and oversees student-produced documentary productions, offers screenings of well-known documentaries and serves as a link between professionals and students.

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