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2012 Red Brick Film Festival

CONWAY, Ark. (April 25, 2012) - More than 300 Hendrix students packed Worsham Student Performance Hall on Tuesday for the premiere of 16 student-made films at the 2012 Red Brick Film Festival.

The films showcased everything from schlock horror and satire to high style and serious subjects.

The 2012 Red Brick Film Festival Award Winners include: 

  • Best in Show Award ($500): I Watch Too Many French Films by Stacey Svendsen, a sophomore from Siloam Springs, Ark.
  • Student Senate Hendrix Spirit Award ($300): Unplug by Sarah Pullen, a junior from Richardson, Texas
  • Best Documentary ($300): The Real World, A-Frame by Mauren Kennedy, a junior from Bentonville, Ark.
  • Stylistic Brilliance ($100): Veronica by Jared King, a graduate accounting student from Harvard, Mass.
  • Most Affective ($100): Things That Go Beep in the Night by Charles Wallace, a senior from Coppell, Texas

Two new awards were added for this year's event. 

The prize for Best Writer went to Dan Gibbens-Rickman, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., and Dean Wiltgen for The Maltese Chicken.

McKenzie Keller, a junior from Rogers, Ark., won Best Actor for A Latter-Day Nightmare, a film by Lance St. Laurent, a junior from Alma, Ark.

Films were judged by a panel of faculty and staff, including Brett Carr (Admission), Tonya Hale (Student Activities), Dr. Kristi McKim (film studies), Maxine Payne (art/photography), and Dr. David Sutherland (Academic Affairs and mathematics).

Richard Sakul, a senior from Norwalk, Calif., won the Audience Choice Award ($400) for #puppetproblems.

Other films premiered this year included: 

  • Loss by Julia Cook, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Life Reinvented by Desh Deepak, a senior from Nepal
  • Crossing Lines by Jared King, a graduate accounting student from Harvard, Mass.
  • Someone Loved Me Once by Emily Luikart, a senior from Prairieville, La.
  • Alternatives by Hunter Owen, a senior from Conway, Ark.
  • PTSDJ by Rane Peerson, a sophomore from Alma, Ark.
  • The Dead Artist by Cassidy Robinson, a junior from Laguna Beach, Calif.
  • Morning Hours by Marcus Zhu, a freshman from China

The third annual event was hosted by emcees Fred Baker, interim director of admission, and Jim Wiltgen, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. The festival began with an introductory film starring Dean Wiltgen in a send-up of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit

Video of the Festival

Individual Entries

Photos from the Festival