Dirty Laundry wins Best in Show

CONWAY, Ark. (May 15, 2010) – "Dirty Laundry," a comedic look into the challenges of doing laundry in residence halls, won the top prize at Hendrix College’s first Red Brick Film Festival. The festival highlighted three-minute films produced by the college’s students and awarded $1,500 in six categories.

"Dirty Laundry" was developed by Mauren Kennedy, a sophomore from Bentonville. The Best in Show award, given to the film that had the best combination of story and style, included a $500 prize.

"Playtime" by Jared King, a junior from Harvard, Mass., won the Audience Choice Award and a $400 prize. The comedy told the story of a student who forgot he was the lead in a theatrical production until the last minute and needed the assistance of his friends and a Bluetooth to remember his lines.  

Other winners included:

  • The Student Senate Hendrix Spirit Award — "Eco-Ripper" by Caufield Schnug, a junior from Austin, Texas; $300 prize.
  • Most Innovative Award — "Zoe" by Charles Wallace, a senior from Coppell, Texas; $100 prize. 
  • Stylistic Brilliance Award — "The Garden: My Essay for Ben," by Laura Langley, a senior from Austin, Texas; $100 prize.
  • Most Affective — "Just a Dream," by Dylan Reed, a sophomore from Conway; $100 prize.

Festival judges were Hendrix faculty members Robert Hessling, Kristi McKim, Donald Southerland and Todd Tinsley, along with Rainey Gibson, a member of the Student Affairs staff on campus. Masters of Ceremony were Fred Baker, Hendrix's associate director of admisison, and Jim Wiltgen, the college's dean of students, who themselves starred in an intro video for the festival. 

The Red Brick Film Festival will become an annual event each spring at Hendrix. Students utilize the equipment in the college’s Education and Technology Center inside the new $26 million Student Life and Technology Center on campus to make their films.

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 371 colleges, was identified as the nation’s top "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 "Best Buy" colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.