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EAC Media Communications students win big at Willcox Film Festival

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[Click Image to Enlarge]  Writer/Director (Carol Keir) of the winning "Short" and the winner of "Best in Fest" and the Editor of the same: Hunter Byron. With the 3D printed trophy. (both freshman students at EAC)

By Jessica Morgenthaler

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College was well represented last month at the 2014 Willcox Film Festival Carol Keil submitted her film, “The Great Escape – Arizona’s German POWs,” and took home two top honors: Best of Festival and Best Short. Her eight-minute film was shot in the Gila Valley including Red Knolls, Graham County Fairgrounds, Eastern Arizona College, and the Gila River. The film is a historical re-creation of the 1942 German WWII POW escape in Arizona, where German prisoners secretly dug a 180 foot tunnel and escaped only to discover that the Gila River was a dry wash which obstructed their plan to row down the river. EAC media communications students acted and shot the entire production.

Other winners included, “The Beauty of Safe Driving,” by Kasie Hawkins, for Best Public Service Announcement; “Generation of Mutilation,” by Alicia Fontaine, for Audience Favorite; and “Wrecking Ball,” a parody by Kelly Van Shaar, for Best Micro-short.

The videos are available for viewing on Vimeo at .

For more information about EAC media communications, contact David Arond at (928)428-8248, or