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De Anza College News Release

Feb. 14, 2006

Media Contacts:
Zaki Lisha
Susan Tavernetti

De Anza College Film/TV Department Student Shorts at Cinequest Film Festival 16

Two student films produced in the De Anza College Film/TV program have been selected for Cinequest Film Festival 16, which has been ranked as one of the world's top 10 film festivals by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide. Paul Gill and Rekha Radhakrishnan's poetic Black Candle and Neil Baker, Jackie Marr and Chetan Patil's comic Pasta Point of No Return will unspool on the big screen during the festival's March 1-March 12 run.

The De Anza student shorts will compete among the 16 films in Cinequest's Shorts Program 7: Student Shorts. The program is slated for March 2 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 9 a.m. at the Camera 12 Cinemas in downtown San Jose. The line-up represents emerging film talent from campuses across the nation, including those enrolled in such prestigious graduate film programs as University of Southern California, New York University and Columbia University. De Anza is the only community college represented.

"Students come to the program knowing that we offer a supportive environment and do our best to develop their talents as filmmakers. Their education compares with the best of what four-year institutions have to offer," said Zaki Lisha, Coordinator of the Film/TV Department.

Former De Anza College students Steve Sprinkles and Jason Schachat collaborated on The Last Woman on Earth. The 4-minute short precedes Kari Nevil's Car Stories on March 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and March 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the Camera 12 Cinemas in downtown San Jose. Focusing on maverick films, filmmakers and the technology that empowers creativity, the Cinequest 16 edition will pay tribute to actor-director Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver, American Me).

If you would like to arrange an interview with the student filmmakers and see their shorts, please contact them directly:

Paul Gill and Neil Baker
Studio Moraine LLC
15732 Los Gatos Blvd. #200
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408.591.6477

For Cinequest information and tickets, visit