Jun. 17, 2010
Student Film Wins Top Drama Honor
“The Gerstein Report,” a film directed by two Emory University students, walked away with “Best Drama” honors at this year’s Campus MovieFest (CMF) International Grand Finale competition in Las Vegas.
The movie tells the story of a Nazi scientist who compiles a report that chronicles his involvement in the massacre of Jews. This is the second honor this year for student directors Matt Fennell and Matt Ryckman. This past spring, their movie won “Best Drama” during CMF’s southern regional competition. Other members of the team include Ari Blinder, Joey Shea, Derek Long, Jason Vigdor, Katharina Babczyk, Chris Knific, Stephen Beehler, Giacamo Waller, Scott Schwartz, Elliott Coor, Joe Reif and Stephen Yang.
It’s also the second film the two have placed in the international competition. Last year, they received the “Audience Choice Award” for their CMF film “When Even Death Last Forgot About Carl Swenson.”
CMF – the largest student film festival in the world − has its roots in Emory. Eight years ago, four Emory students wanted to help other students make movies. Not quite a decade later, more than 450,000 students in the United States and United Kingdom have participated. They receive the necessary technology and training for free thanks to corporate partners and schools.