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Winter 2012
Students compete in Lake Placid
24-hour film festival
Most films take months to create but for
four Marist students, they only needed 24
The students won the Audience Choice
Award at the 5th annual “Sleepless in
Lake Placid” 24-hour filmmaking com-
petition in Lake Placid, N.Y., on June 16
and 17.
For the competition, students Nicholas
Sortino, ’11, Ryan Rivard, ’12, Jon
O’Sullivan, ’12, and Michael Caiola, ’11
produced a 10-minute film called “Maybe
Tomorrow.” They competed against
students from SUNY Oswego, Syracuse
University, Ithaca College, and Hobart
and William Smith Colleges.
Marist was invited to participate in
the competition when another school
dropped out. Chair of the Media Arts
Department Paula Willoquet-Maricondi
assembled the team of students and asked
professor Jeff Bass to serve as their faculty
“This team of students performed su-
perbly and professionally and I was very,
very proud of the way they performed,”
Bass said.
The “Sleepless in Lake Placid” com-
petition is part of the Lake Placid Film
Forum, which is held each June in the
city famous for the Winter Olympics in
1932 and 1980. Students are required
to incorporate some part of Lake Placid
history into their projects. The Marist
team chose to make their main character
a figure skater, setting many important
scenes in the historical ice rink at the
city’s Olympic Center.
“We stayed up for 65 hours straight
and honestly at one point it didn’t feel
like 65 hours, everything was moving so
fast,” said Rivard.
The five student teams cast their films
from a pool of actors, some local and
some from as far away as New York
City. The five films were screened at the
ceremony the evening of Friday, June 17
at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
“Honestly, the best part was the
chemistry between the four of us,”
Rivard said. “We never had any creative
Marist hopes to send another team to
the competition in 2012.
“It’s like the X Games of film making,”
Rivard said. “It’s like, all right, go!”
Since Marist became an Avid Authorized
Training Partner last April, seven stu-
dents have earned Avid proficiency cer-
tificates. This means these students will
be listed on Avid’s website and can use
Avid’s globally recognized logo on their
business cards and websites. The stu-
dents are Brian Smith, ’11, Michael Caiola,
’11, Chanel Vitale, ’12, Matt Pagliaro, ’10,
Amanda Benton, ’11, Joe Maschak ,’11,
and Lorenzo Soto, ’07.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Bass
Photos by Jeff Bass
From left: Mike Caiola, Chanel Vitale, and
Matt Pagliaro
From left: Lorenzo Soto, Brian Smith, Joe
Maschak, and Amanda Benton