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 Oldham is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate- a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Her headlining credit includes the 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. In 2012, she founded the film production company Demi Goddess Pictures and its subsidiary media arm Demi Goddess Chronicle- with both companies creating content that champions woman empowerment. She is also a published author and entrepreneur. In 2006, she opened the Los Angeles pet care business Healthy Dogs Pet Sitting Service- a company that provides a number of services to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She penned and self-published the book "Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy & Healthy Dog" and donates on-going proceeds from book sales to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Additionally, she is the author of the fictional literary foray "Finley & The Emerald Volcano: The Search for the Missing Cauldron" (volume one in a series) that she also self-published and adapted into screenplay. "Finley" is currently in development as a movie. In 2016, she directed 3 episodes of "Vape Warz", a post-apocalyptic web series (season one) that she also wrote and produced, and that has guest appearances by pop icons Ron Jeremy and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd aka The Big Lebowski. "Vape Warz" made its premier debut in Cannes where it won an Honorable Mention at The Mediterranean Film Festival and is now streaming in Japan, Germany, UK and USA on AMAZON Video Direct with season two in development. Christy lives in Los Angeles.

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