By Greg Toumassian
Cheers and jeers filled Ursa Major as the winner was announced
at the second annual Campus MovieFest last Tuesday.
“RUN! RUN! RUN!” was the surprise winner of “Best Picture” award
for this year’s event. The short film chronicled one man’s attempt
to out run his past — be it bodiless deer, or poor fashion
While the audience seemed to receive the film well during its
screening, the shocking win seemed to rattle some members.
Brian Rigazzi, a seventh-year anthropology student, felt the
piece was more suited for “best comedy.”
“It lacked a story,” said Rigazzi. “I thought it was really
funny… [the editing] was well done, and I think it deserved best
The unexpected results even confused some of the teams that
Rigazi was puzzled that his team’s piece “Hair of the Dog” took
home “Best Drama.”
“I don’t understand [why we were awarded] best drama,” said
Rigazzi. “We weren’t as funny as we hoped, and maybe they wanted to
give us something since there were dramatic moments [like our
actor] getting kicked in the balls.”
The audience laughed throughout the piece as it progressed,
notably during Rigazzi’s proclaimed dramatic moment.
Mark Anthony Smith, a third-year theatre student and member of
team Caffeine High, questioned the integrity of the judging
“I don’t know who [Campus Movie Fest] picks for the judges,”
said Smith. “The movie that won best drama had no dramatic elements
to it whatsoever, so that was weird.”
Smith’s team entered “Suc It Ivel,” and while the audience
response seemed positive, the film failed to earn any awards.
“When you saw the [co-hosts] talking, they didn’t know what they
were doing,” said Smith.
Jackie Lara, ASI Film chair and co-host of the event, disagreed
with the criticism.
“If they didn’t like what they saw, make something better,” said
Lara. “The judges that judge [the movies] give top rank for a
Lara could not disclose the identity of the judges involved, but
she did state that among them were “two faculty members, five staff
members and six students.”
Smith disagrees with the guidelines of the CMF and said the
strict policies only hinder the event while trying to uphold the
“You want people to know who is voting,” said Smith. “You don’t
know how many films are submitted, and they say out of 80 teams,
they pick 16 films, but if a team signs up, it doesn’t mean they
submitted a film … it’s all politics.”
Rigazzi also questioned the ethics of the judging system, and
said that “Suc It Ivel” deserved proper recognition.
“I think [on-campus judges] didn’t think about the editing, they
didn’t think about the angles and they didn’t follow that the story
had a beginning, middle and an end- which is really hard to do,”
said Rigazi. “I think [on-campus judges] were personally offended,
so they graded lower.”
Danielle Gonzales, a second-year theatre student and actor in
“Suc It Ivel,” said the judges overlooked important elements.
“The only two films that had any significant themes to them
didn’t win s***, and I think it’s ridiculous,” said Gonzales.
The winners of the “Best Picture” will move on to have their
film showcased at the Western Regional Grand Finale in San
Francisco on Nov. 15, however, some worry that the film may have
not been the best representation of Cal Poly’s movie making
“When Cal Poly goes out there to compete against all these
different schools, they have nothing…the movies that have no
meaning and no dialog [have] no purpose to be on the big screen,”
Maya Smith/Poly Post
RUN!’ takes off at MovieFest
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