December 2, 2015 at 3:30pm

Blue Docs Rock Film Festival 

Blue Docks RockStudents in Millikin University's documentary filmmaking course will walk the blue carpet as they present the 2015 Blue Docs Rock Film Festival on Friday, Dec. 11. Free and open to the public, the festival will start at 6 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus.

The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival is the culminating event for Millikin's honors seminar course on documentary filmmaking. Millikin students spent the first half of the course watching and analyzing a variety of documentaries while also formulating documentary ideas and researching their topics.

The students focused on fine tuning the pre-production, production, and post-production aspects of their documentaries during the second half of the semester. As part of this process, Millikin students in four film crews took on the roles of director, cinematographer, audio/sound, publicist and editor.

A challenge for the students this semester was for them to create films using only the technology from their smartphones. Each film is 8-10 minutes in length.

The festival will start with a pre-screening reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the screening of four student mini-documentaries at 6 p.m. A formal closing will be held following the screenings.

"This year's documentary film festival features student films that get to the heart of issues, debates, and controversies that have impacted these young filmmakers," said Dr. Ngozi Onuora, Millikin assistant professor of Education. "In three-person film crews, these honors students have been engaged in a collaborative effort to research their film topics and create a mini-documentary using the technology of smartphones. I am excited for them to showcase their hard work to the campus and local community."

The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival will feature the following documentaries.

"Dying to Dance"

Examining the impact of body image on dancers. This documentary discusses stereotypes, eating disorders, and self-esteem issues in the dance community.

Director: Hannah Haak, a sophomore information systems major and dance minor from Kirkland, Ill.

Cinematographer/Sound: Isabelle Glimco, a sophomore commercial music major from Naperville, Ill.

Editor/Publicity: Sydney Doherty, a sophomore graphic design major from Lake Saint Louis, Mo.

"The Sex Education Frustration"

A documentary covering the history of sex education in America and the effectiveness of its programs and curriculum.

Director/Publicity: Rachel Humphrey, a sophomore musical theatre major from Franklin, Tenn.

Cinematographer: Kara Niles, a sophomore English - secondary teaching major from Crystal Lake, Ill.

Editor: Kristina Guchenia, a sophomore theatre major from Willowbrook, Ill.

"To Do or Die: The Mentality of Serial Killers"

A look at the differences between sociopaths and psychopaths and exploring the signs and symptoms of serial killers throughout history.

Director: Logan Schildknecht, a sophomore commercial music major from Carmel, Ind.

Cinematographer/Editor: Hannah Neuhauser, a sophomore music performance – vocal major from Winston Salem, N.C.

Publicity: Rachel McCrea, a sophomore theatre major from Peoria, Ill.

"Raised on Guns?"

This documentary is a magnification of Decatur, Ill., on the larger issue of gun violence, and the film explores how gun activity has impacted Decatur residents and Millikin students. The film also brings into focus structural resources being used to keep people out of harm's way.

Director: Ben Brawner, a sophomore acting major from Oswego, Ill.

Assistant Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound, and Publicity: Brandi Marks, a sophomore social science major from Richton Park, Ill., and Brittany Schmidt, a sophomore theatre major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Blue Docs Rock

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