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Lewis Center students win prizes in the 36th Annual New Jersey Young Film and Videomakers Festival


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

Oren Samet-Marram ’12 took the first prize award in the College/Independent Category of the 36th Annual New Jersey Young Film and Videomakers Festival for his film “A Cautionary Tale.” Jeffrey Kuperman '12 and Jacqueline "Jack" Thornton '13 each received a Jury’s Citation – Honorable Mention in the College/Independent Category for “Blind Date" and "Sides" respectively.  All students were in the spring Intermediate Film and Video Production course taught by Su Friedrich, Professor of Visual Arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Samet-Marram is also pursuing a Certificate in Visual Arts. The Award Ceremony and Screening will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at New Jersey City University.

The New Jersey Young Film and Videomakers Festival is a collaborative project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium - Black Maria Film Festival, sponsored by the Charles Edison Fund and New Jersey City University. The Festival provides young video and filmmakers the opportunity to exhibit their works and have them evaluated by prominent representatives in the field of media arts. Independent jurors review entries by individuals between 6 to 26 years of age who reside or attend schools/colleges in New Jersey. Students from New Jersey who are enrolled in schools or colleges out of state are also eligible.  Prizes are awarded at several levels.  For more information visit

Oren Samet-Marram's film also won the Best Picture and Award of Excellence at the 2010 Not Quite Legal Film Festival in Trenton, NJ open to young New Jersey filmmakers between the ages of 15 and 21. 

Click here to view these three films.

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