Film festival winners highlight UTSA faculty, student work

By Conor McBrearty

(October 17, 2014) -- A film by Christina Frasier, lecturer II of the Writing Core Program, was among the winners of the inaugural E2F2: Educational Experience Film Festival. The festival, sponsored by UTSA’s Office of Information Technology, was held Oct. 15 at the Downtown Campus.

Frasier’s digital video, “Hand Painted Signs,” won for best research/communication film. Her piece is an exploration of San Antonio’s mercantile artwork.

“Ever since vinyl letters debuted in the 1980s, sign painting has been called a dying art, but not here in San Antonio,” Frasier says. “The signs serve as decoration, but also advertisement for the local businesses, and when the businesses close, the signs are likely to be painted over by the new occupants of the space. Because these signs can be classified as an ephemeral art, they should be documented.”

Students in Nancy Membrez’s Digital Video Production course — Alexia Hall, Enrique Velasques and Jorge Torres-Colon — won best documentary/interview for their film “Veganism.” The best student project was awarded to Ranyan Sakatan, a student in Vivianna Roaja’s Intercultural Communications course, for her film “The Blog and the Hijab.”

Students Lisa Valdiva and Melissa Hernandez’s film, “Urbino Streetscape Project,” won best instructional innovation. Their piece was filmed in Urbino, Italy, while studying with College of Architecture, Construction and Planning faculty Mark Blizard, Curtis Fish and John Webb.

View Valdiva and Hernandez’s film, “Urbino Streetscape Project,” here.

Festival organizers hope to build on its first year success and make E2F2 a staple of UTSA tradition.

“The E2F2 was a perfect vehicle to engage in conversation about effective use of video in educational settings with other practitioners at UTSA,” said Sunay Palsole, associate vice provost. “It was particularly eye opening to see the interesting ways the community is using video be it in terms of creating assignments, documenting learning or highlighting research capacity. This truly was a one-stop event to learn so much more about us as an institution!”

Visit the E2F2 Facebook page to view more winning and nominated videos.