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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 9:13 pm

Jameson Killen is jumping into the film industry by being the first-ever student from Morehead State to compete in the College Movie Festival. 

Killen, a junior studying Convergent Media at MSU, entered the Cincinnati-based festival, and him and his team are going up against 27 other teams from various schools. The festival is going on its fourteenth year.  

The festival is very intense and competitive. Teams come from schools including Cincinnati State Community College, Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati 

The teams are given a theme, characterprop, occupation and a line that are required to be incorporated into a 7-minute film. The teams will then turn in a rough cut of their film in to a board of professionals in Northern Kentucky for critique. They are then given an extra week to refine their film before the films are all premiered at a movie theater in Cincinnati.   

Killen has been surrounded by film his entire life, as his father was one of the people who helped kick-start the festival, and was on the panel that kept the event running. 

“I remember being a little kid and watching all the movies with him and critiquing them with him…I’ve just kind of grown up around it,” said Killen. 

Killen also had film classes at his high school in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, which is where he learned the beginning of his craft. Though he learned about different sectors of media when he came to MSUhe still prefers film. 

“I guess my roots have always been in making movie content,” explained Killen. 

Killen has always wanted to participate in the festival, but in previous years, couldn’t find a large enough group of people he felt comfortable going into a serious contest with. This year, he contacted more people around Morehead and felt that he built a good team that will take criticism well. 

The making of Killen’s film has been a collaborative effort with his team; they brainstormed ideas for the script and wrote it out in around 5 hours. The theme of this year’s festival is survival. 

Luke Whitlock, a member of their team, came up with the overall idea for the film: the main character is going through and surviving an overdose. The scenes flip between a present-day therapy session and a past party.  

“I was actually very impressed with a lot of what people had brought to the table,” said Killen about the team’s film ideas. 

Killen has participated in MSU’s 48 Hour Film Contest in the past, but believes the College Movie Festival is a bigger challenge 

The screening of Killen’s film will be on April 20thwith the location to be announced.  

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