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Purchase College Students Win Grand Prize and Audience Choice Prize at Lake Placid Film Festival

Date Released: 6/16/2009

The Purchase College Film Program team won the Audience Choice and the Grand Prize award for an unprecedented sweep of the Lake Placid Film Festival’s "Sleepless in Lake Placid" film competition.

The Purchase team of BFA film sophomores Efraim Acededo Klein, Brooklyn, NY; Ryan Guiterman, New York City; Daniel McCartney, Hopewell Junction, NY;  Daniel Onoda, West Haverstraw, NY, and their team advisor, Purchase sound recording lecturer and a Purchase alum Adam Grass, of New York City; won both of the competition's awards.  They competed with five other colleges, Ithaca, Middlebury, Syracuse, Ohio and Burlington to make the best short film in 24 hours.

"We are proud of our students and our excellent film program," said Thomas J. Schwarz President of Purchase College. "These filmmakers have demonstrated extraordinary talent and resourcefulness and reflect the fine training they receive at Purchase."

The film festival was introduced in 2000 by the Adirondack Film Society to encourage and inspire independent filmmakers and to encourage the development of original and adapted screenplays.  It is also a forum for showcasing new, rare and classic films.

In the 24-hour competition the students were presented with a concept and a list of the required elements to be included in their films.  They then had 24 hours to deliver a DVD of a 10 minute film.  A jury of film industry professionals critiqued the films at a screening.  The panel selected Purchase students for the Grand Prize the Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award.  The audience Choice award was also won by Purchase.

Mr. Barry Snyder, Chair of Cinema Studies at Burlington College coordinated the competition which celebrated its third year.

Special guests at this year's forum included screenwriter Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull"), actress Mary Beth Hurt ("The World According to Garp") and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo ("Nobody's Fool," "Empire Falls.")