Ben Chase, a senior film production major, who submitted a film to the Broad Street Film Festival, won the award for Best Editing for his music video “Get Started.”
“Get Started” is a music video for a Chattanooga music group Natural Habitz. Ben directed and edited the video, junior film production major Crystal Bueno produced it, and senior film production major Sahale Jensen was the director of photography.
“It was a tough category with six nominations for some very good films,” says Ben. “This festival is still in its infancy, but the fact that I was going up against some very good films and won is a privilege.”
Best Editing wasn’t the only the only award “Get Started” was nominated for, the video was also up for Best Music Video and Best Cinematography.
“We wanted to submit our film to the festival to demonstrate the work that Southern is doing in the community,” says Sahale. “I love being able to share what I have done with the community, but most important, I want to represent a school that I owe so much to.”
Ben and his crew were up against other filmmakers from local colleges and universities, such as Bryan Collage, Covenant College, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The weekend-long festival took place in downtown Chattanooga, with showings at the Majestic 12 Theater and ending with an award ceremony at the Tivoli Theater. A panel of film professionals from Chattanooga and Los Angeles judged filmmakers.
Other Southern students were also nominated for awards at the festival. Theo Brown, senior film production major, submitted his film, “The TV,” which was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. Theo directed the film, sophomore film production major David Tilstra produced it, junior film production major Cory Maracle was the director of photography, and sophomore music performance major Jonathan Corbett wrote the score.
For many of the students, it wasn’t the first time they had participated in a film festival. However, this was the first time Ben had won an award.
“I felt extremely honored to win,” says Ben. “I spend hours a day doing what I do and to be selected is the best source of vindication I can get for all the hard work I put into my projects.