WednesdayDecember 4, 2019

CState filmmakers earned most of the awards at Fright Film competition

Cincinnati State movie-makers dominated the inaugural "Fright Film" competition held this fall, winning the Best Picture award, two Audience Favorite awards, and numerous other awards and nominations.

The winning movie, "The Water Within," was a Cincinnati State Audio/Video Production (AVP) student effort. The team, seen in the photo above, used the team name Focal Point Productions.

One of the other two nominees for Best Picture, "My Murderer, Me," was produced by Audio/Video Production Professor Christian Appleby along with a CState student crew, under the team name B-Positive.

The two Cincinnati State movies also won the two Audience Favorite awards voted on by the large crowd that attended the movie premiere and awards event on Oct. 27.

Overall, 7 of the 12 judges' awards went to Cincinnati State movies, and CState captured 15 of 36 possible award nominations-- plus the two audience-selected awards.

Audio/Video Production Program Chair Dave Killen said, "I am incredibly proud of our students and graduates who took this movie-making opportunity head on, and made something memorable."

Dave said many of the participating students also were involved in producing an Audience Choice-winning film at this year's College Movie Festival. That achievement earned the students free entry into the new Fright Film competition.

Christian said about 20 Cincinnati State students and graduates took part in the competition, on four different teams. Some University of Cincinnati students participated in Fright Film, but not as many as the CState entrants.

Local media personality Michael Flannery announced award recipients following the premiere of the 12 films that entered the competition. The event took place at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine.

Entrants in the Fright Film competition met the challenge of writing, producing, and editing a horror film of 13 minutes or less and completing all work within a two-month timespan, from Aug. 13 to Oct. 13.

Nineteen industry professionals served as judges in 12 categories, and audience members voted on their favorites after viewing the films.

In addition to Best Picture and Audience Favorite awards, student-produced film "The Water Within"-- which can be viewed online at won awards for:

  • Directing - Michaela Miller (AVP student)
  • Sound Design - Jack Miller (AVP graduate)
  • Cinematography - Adam S. Depew (AVP student)
  • Original Music - Shawn Boosveld (AVP student)
  • Actress - Brielle Fitzgerald
  • Supporting Actress - Calloway Denton

Other award nominees for "The Water Within" were:

  • Make-up & Wardrobe - Rae’ven Cheyenne Reed (AVP student)
  • Editing - Jack Miller (AVP graduate)

Faculty-produced movie "My Murderer, Me" gained award nominations for Christian Appleby for Directing and Cinematography.

In addition, Paul Morris won the Actor award and Christian Nicholson was nominated for the Screenplay award for "My Murderer, Me."

The winner of the Supporting Actor award, for the movie "Darkness Awakens," was Scott Fox, father of a CState student team member.

Other Cincinnati State students who earned award nominations, for Sound Design, were Jesse Merlin Williams, for the movie “Darkness Awakens,” and Silas Sheperd and Raphael Boyce, for the movie “Precognition."

The Fright Film competition was founded and organized by three local media professionals and educators: Jim Timmerman, Jeff Winkelman, and Bill Anderson.

(Photo and poster provided by Lexi Herbers)

Student Retention Focus Fund seeks donors to match $3,000 gift

On Dec. 3-- #GivingTuesday-- the Cincinnati State Foundation announced a special opportunity to support Cincinnati State students through a gift to the Student Retention Focus Fund.

Cincinnati State Foundation Board leader Barbara Gould, who created the Student Retention Focus Fund with her late husband William J. Motto, said she will match donations made this month dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000.

The Student Retention Focus Fund helps students who are facing unexpected financial emergencies caused by life situations like a health crisis, car breakdown, child care costs, or unexpected increase in rent.

The fund provides financial assistance to these students, who would otherwise be at risk of dropping out because of their unanticipated financial setbacks.

You can help minimize the barriers that affect such students with a donation to the Student Retention Focus Fund.

To give online, go to the "Donate Online" page of the College website at and select “Student Retention Focus Fund” from the dropdown menu.

If you wish to contribute by check, you can make the check out to the “Cincinnati State Foundation,” noting “Student Retention Focus Fund,” and deliver it to the Advancement/Development Office in ATLC 337 (Clifton Campus).

If you know others who might wish to support the Student Retention Focus Fund with a gift, please share this message-- and make a big difference in the lives of deserving students.

"Giving Tree" project for foster children is virtual this year

For the fourth year, the AAUP Service Committee is partnering with Pressley Ridge to provide holiday gifts for children in the agency’s foster care program.

Pressley Ridge is a non-profit organization that provides diverse services for children, adults, and families who are facing difficult challenges and complex situations.

Last year, Cincinnati State contributed "wish list" gifts for 42 children--  the biggest group since starting this project.

For 2019, Cincinnati State givers can pair up virtually with kids ages infants through teens, simply by visiting the agency’s Facebook page, and looking through the album created for the Giving Tree at

When you find a child or teen you want to "adopt," just post "taken" with their ornament on Facebook. Then, it’s time to shop!

  • There is no set expenditure-- you're welcome to provide one item from the child's wish list, or several items. All contributions are appreciated.
  • Unwrapped gifts, tagged with the recipient's name, age, and ornament number, will be collected in Main 210 (the CIT Office) until Monday, Dec. 16.
  • Then, Service Committee Chair Andi Feld will transport the gifts to Pressley Ridge.

If you have questions, contact Andi at 569-1457 or

Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sale continues through Dec. 12

Anna Loschiavo shows off some of the varieties of poinsettias available at the Horticulture Club sale.

The Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias for $10 each on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week and next week (Dec. 4 and 5 and Dec. 10, 11, and 12) from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., or until all plants are gone.

Look for the table filled with poinsettias on the first floor of Clifton Campus Main Building, near the Distribution Center (otherwise known as the Mail Room).

If you're ordering a large number of plants, you may arrange to pick them up at the Clifton Campus Greenhouse on Fridays (Dec. 6 and Dec. 13) from 10 a.m to noon.

All proceeds from plant sales assist Horticulture students in attending professional conferences and competitions.

For more information, contact Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath (

(Photo provided by Kelly Wanstrath)

Enjoy Employee Happy Hour on Dec. 6

All College employees are invited to enjoy a Pre-Holiday Happy Hour in the Summit Restaurant (2nd floor of ATLC), on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Stop by for conversation with friends, while sipping a purchased beverage, and snacking on complimentary light refreshments.

Happy Hour follows the First Fridays "special edition" Story Quilt Workshop in the President's Dining Room-- so after you plan your Story Quilt square, you can start another story as you commune with your colleagues at Happy Hour.

Happy Hour is sponsored by Provost Robbin Hoopes.

I-75 & I-74 Construction Update (Dec. 4-8)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects near the Clifton Campus related to major reconstruction of I-75 & I-74.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 -

  • The ramp from I-74 East to I-75 North will be closed from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured via I-75 South to the Hopple Street exit to I-75 North.
  • Single-lane closure on I-74 East from Montana Avenue to the I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Various lane closures on I-75 South from just south of the I-74 interchange to the Western Hills Viaduct from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Single lane closure on I-74 East from Montana Avenue to the I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Upon completion of lane closure, one lane of I-74 East will be moved to the south side of the newly completed bridge decks over north and south Beekman Street; the other I-74 East lane will remain in the current contraflow lane.
  • 15-minute, short duration complete closures of I-74 and I-75 between midnight and 4 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 -

  • 15-minute, short duration complete closures of I-74 and I-75 between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Single-lane closure on I-74 East from Montana Avenue to the I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 6 -

  • 15-minute, short duration complete closures of I-74 and I-75 between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Single-lane closure on I-74 East from Montana Avenue to the I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7 -

  • Close the ramp from Beekman Street to I-74 West from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8 -

  • Close the ramp from Beekman Street to I-74 East from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone. Remember, move over or slow down.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and and weather-related information, please check

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