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TAMUK students, alumni place at local film festival

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and alumni won several awards at a film festival after creating a short film this summer.

TAMUK students Laurie Guajardo, Robin Machuca, Devyn Hamblin and Jackson Lewis worked with alumni Aaron Salinas, Heraclio Gonzalez Jr., Dylan Mendoza and Nikolas Villareal to compete in the Corpus Corpus Christi 7-Day Film Project (CC7D), an annual filmmaking competition and screening.

Their film “The Dazzling Dancersons” made official consideration for screening and won the Best Film Audience Choice Award and Salinas was named Best Actor. 

Mendoza was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Guajardo was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Salinas was nominated for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. 

“Without the support of the university and encouragement and guidance from Professor of Film Armando Ibanez, none of this would have been possible,” Guajardo said.

The contest, which was founded in 2007, gives teams one week to make a short film from start to finish while following specific guidelines. It was designed to celebrate area filmmakers and to create an avenue for more filmmaking activity in the Corpus Christi area, the contest’s website states.

“This is an excellent win for our film students, as well as illustrating that we have a promising film program here at TAMUK,” said Armando Ibanez, assistant professor and director of radio,TV, digital and film. 

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