The 2nd Annual Pierce College Film Festival Award Show

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Pierce Club President: Andrew Shaktah (rt) and VP Kyle Coffman. Photo Credit: DemigoddessChronicle.com
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By: @demigoddesspictures

May 25, 2018

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The Los Angeles Pierce College is a community college in Woodland Hills, California that began in 1947. It maintains a 225 acre working farm for hands-on training in agricultural and veterinary study. The initial focus was crop cultivation and animal husbandry but today, students study a variety of subjects, including cinema.

The 2nd Annual Pierce College Film Festival celebrates all things cinema -whether it’s through discussion, viewing, or the creative process of making a movie. This year, the popular film festival received over 40 submissions in the district ranging from high school students to college students.

“We feel that having a film festival is the greatest way of showing our passion for film because it allows us all to get together and watch our own work on the big screen while also allowing others the opportunity to have their films presented as well”, said Film Club President Andrew Shaktah.

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Pierce Club President: Andrew Shaktah (rt) and VP Kyle Coffman. Photo Credit: DemigoddessChronicle.com

DemiGoddess Chronicle sat down with Andre Shaktah to discuss his passion for making movies:

DGC:  What was your inspiration for creating the Pierce Film Festival?

AS: “I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t watching movies and honestly I don’t think I ever would’ve imagined I’d be where I am today. I started like most kids do by playing around with a camera and making short videos with my friends and that soon developed into a passion and appreciation for the craft”.

Shaktah announced the Award Winners at the 2nd Annual Pierce Film Festival. Photo Credit: DemigoddessChronicle.com

Shaktah announced the Award Winners at the 2nd Annual Pierce Film Festival.
Photo Credit: DemigoddessChronicle.com

DGC: How has your leadership as President influenced the Film Club?

AS:  “Pierce College had a film club for a few years, however after joining and being elected President I took it upon myself for the past year to reshape it into a much more focused club where education, discussion, and hands-on work was our main priority. Since then, we’ve had a number of projects made by club members with and without production experience”.

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Filmmaker Christian Ramirez wins Best Documentary for “It’s Perfect: The Story Of A Guatemalan Immigrant”. Photo Credit: DemigoddessChronicle.com

Director Alexander Torro Won 2nd place for "Interview with Angela". Photo Credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Filmmaker Alexander Torro Won 2nd place for “Interview With Angela”. Photo Credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Filmmaker Christy Oldham won 3rd place for her web series "Barracuda" Photo Credit: Andrew

Filmmaker and French Student Christy Oldham won 3rd place for her web series “Barracuda”. Photo Credit: Andrew Shaktah

DGC: What makes the Pierce Film Club shine?

AS:  “We’ve hosted a number of public screenings on campus that follow certain themes such as “The Ethics of Journalism” and “Los Angeles Through the Decades” . We screen films such as “Blade Runner”,Sunset Boulevard” and “All the Presidents Men” just to name a few. It’s at these events where the club really shines as we allow students and faculty members to openly discuss these films and the ways they’ve impacted them individually. These events are always packed and are full of great dialogue to keep the spirit of filmmaking alive”.

DGC: Who is your favorite filmmaker and why?

AS: “I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite filmmaker as I feel there’s so many things to appreciate from so many great artists. But if I had to pick one it would have to be Andrei Tarkovsky, simply because his use of camera work and storytelling have this great sense of serenity, poetry, and intelligence to them and it’s something that I feel is missing in today’s movies”.

 

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The Pierce Film Festival Members: (L to R) VP Kyle Coffman, Treasurer Rich McMullen and President Andrew Shaktah (Advisor: Ken Windrum- not pictured). Photo Credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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christy oldham
About christy oldham
Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. “Barracuda” is a social message film about normal professional men who are also pedophiles and rapists. She wrote, produced and directed the film 7 years before the #metoo movement. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series. “Vape Warz” is streaming on Amazon Video Direct in the UK and USA. She lives in Los Angeles.

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