Written by Elena Cronick
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 17 student winners at the Student Academy Awards. One of those student films was From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City, which was created by five Michigan State University students, four of whom were women. The film won the bronze award in the documentary category.
Elise Conklin directed the film. Liv Larsen was the producer, Izak Gracy was the director of photography and Lauren Selewsky was the lead editor. Jenna Ange, the co-editor, key grip, and gaffer, was the colorist for agnés films’s most recent video, “How Many Can You Name,” and was the colorist and assistant editor for Alexandra Hidalgo’s documentary Teta.
The documentary tells the story of the Flint Water Crisis from the perspectives of those who have experienced this tragedy first hand and from activists on the ground working through grass-root organizations to make a difference.
More than half of the filmmakers that won at the Student Academy Awards were women. These award indicate that an exciting new generation of women filmmakers are ready to enter to professional world, to work on and take charge of films and videos produced commercially and independently. The film industry is extremely male-dominated now, but as women continue to prove themselves as capable, strong and intelligent filmmakers, that gender gap will very likely diminish in the future.
We at agnés films congratulate these hardworking young filmmakers, who are sure to have a bright future in filmmaking ahead of them!