Students from The U are Siouxland Film Festival finalists

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Four short films by students from The University of South Dakota are finalists in this Saturday’s Siouxland Film Festival at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa.

“Night Crew” by Kyle Nickolite, a contemporary media and journalism student from Yankton, S.D.; “Room Cleaning” by John Larson, a contemporary media and journalism student from Chamberlain, S.D.; and two films by recent contemporary media and journalism graduate Skye Giebink of Sioux Falls, S.D., “Chicken Soup: Cooking with Stop Motion” and “Serving Kevin Fischer,” were chosen to compete in the evening awards screening. These shorts will go head-to-head against entries from the University of Texas, the California Institute of the Arts, Chapman University, the Rochester Institute of the Arts and others.

A total of 10 entries from USD students were accepted into the festival, including “I Love the Smell of Hazelnut” and “You Can See” by College of Fine Arts student Nathan Hoffman from Madison, S.D.; “Death to the Bunny” and “I’M a ‘Yote” by CMJ students Chris Kirkeby of Rapid City, S.D., and Nickolite, “Dear Mailbox” by College of Fine Arts student David Lethcoe and “The Bike Ride” by Larson.

The films were produced for Digital Filmmaking and Directing for Video and Film classes at USD as well as KYOT-TV. The USD classes are taught by Professor Tim Case of Integrated Arts and Todd Mechling, instructor for contemporary media and journalism and an advisor to KYOT-TV.

The evening session of the Siouxland Film Festival is Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. with Giebink’s film, “Chicken Soup and Cooking in Slow Motion,” scheduled for first showing. “Night Crew” will be the fifth short film shown. The 10th short film of the night is Larson’s “Room Cleaning” while Giebink’s “Serving Kevin Fischer” is the second to last film of the 16 finalists on the schedule. All other films submitted by USD students not selected as part of the evening screening will be shown at a special matinee screening at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.