December 2, 2014 at 3:30pm

Blue Docs Rock Film Festival

Blue Docs Rock FestivalMillikin University's Honors Program presents the 2014 Blue Docs Rock Film Festival on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, on Millikin University's campus. The festival is free and open to the public.
The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival is the culminating event for Millikin's honors seminar course on documentary filmmaking. Seven Millikin students, who worked in two film crews, took on the roles of director, cinematographer, audio/sound, publicist and editor. The 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 second half of the course was focused on fine tuning pre-production, production, and post-production of their documentaries.
The festival will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-screening reception. An introduction ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the screening of two student mini-documentaries from the honors seminar course. A discussion will be held at 7:15 p.m. followed by a formal closing at 7:45 p.m.
"The honors seminar course on documentary filmmaking engages students in Performance Learning," said Ngozi Onuora, Millikin assistant professor of Education. "Millikin students spend the first few weeks of class studying documentaries. Then they work in film crews to select a topic, research it, film it, and edit their video. The course provides excellent examples of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, technology integration, and creativity."
The order of the documentaries will be as follows.
"Activism Loading"
"Activism Loading" compares modern day activism (e.g. Ice Bucket Challenges) to historical forms of activism to explore the question: Is social media activism really activism?

Director: Alexandria Bieber, a sophomore music education '€“ vocal major from South Elgin, Ill.
Assistant Director and Publicist: Emily Wheeler, a sophomore music performance '€“ voice major from Chatham, Ill.
Cinematographer: Grace Piper, a sophomore theatre major from Palm Springs, Calif.
Editor/Sound: Grey Taxon, a sophomore commercial music major from Plainfield, Ill.

"Life is What You Play With"

"Life is What You Play With" examines how society socializes children to play with certain toys and whether or not this socialization can impact future career decisions.

Director: Courtney Ginigeme, a sophomore athletic training major from McKinney, Texas
Cinematographer: Jonathan Rieck, a sophomore psychology major from Elgin, Ill.
Editor/Sound: Sarah Suits, a sophomore graphic design/computer art major from Loami, Ill.
Blue Docs Rock Festival