Savannah State films earn awards

Films produced and directed by Savannah State University students and faculty were accepted and screened at the 40th annual Philadelphia International Film Festival (philafilm.org). The films all brought home accolades.

“He’s Got A Gun,” directed by senior mass communications major Dartarion Jones from Lithonia, Ga., won gold honors in the student category. His film is about two friends that plan a robbery after learning they are both financially unstable.

Tiah Smith, a senior mass communication major from Kathleen, Ga., directed a film called “The Messenger” about a girl who receives a terrifying message from a stranger. Her film won silver honors in the student category.

A documentary, “Feed the Hungry,” won silver honors in its category. The film was directed by Will Martin, JMC program director, and produced by Kareem McMichael, JMC online content manager. The film traces the efforts of State Rep. Carl Gilliard and his mission to feed thousands of families in his hometown.

“Feed the Hungry” also won a cinematography award in the 12 Months Film Festival (12mff.com) based in Romania. 

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