VisCom instructors, student take top prize at 48 Hour Film Festival

VisCom instructors, student take top prize at 48 Hour Film Festival

A still from the winning short film "Lost and Found."

Despite the heavy competition from local and regional talent, OSU Institute of Technology’s School of Visual Communications returned to campus as champions, taking the top prize at the annual Okmulgee Main Street 48 Hour Film Festival.

This was the fourth year for the event, which challenges filmmaking teams to write, shoot, edit and submit a four to six minute film in just 48 hours. The qualifying films were screened Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Okmulgee.

Instructors Tony Johnson and Nathan Harmon, as well as Visual Communications student Lee Sandler won first place in the festival with their five-minute thriller “Lost and Found.”

Tyler Roberds, chairman of the film festival, said the Main Street 48 is a chance to introduce another form of artistic expression to Okmulgee.

“My favorite thing about the festival is these artists get to make whatever film they want to make, no matter how weird sometimes, and people from the community who may not necessarily be super artsy still come out and watch these films and support these filmmakers,” Roberds said.

Seven teams completed their films in time to qualify for the festival this year with a team from Visual Communications once again participating.

“I love that students and instructors from OSUIT come out every year to participate in the Main Street 48. It gives them a different creative outlet than what they do day-to-day-in their classes,” Roberds said. “It also gets them involved with the larger Okmulgee community and showcases their talents to a totally new audience.”