Lights, Camera, Action: Four Hancock Students Compete at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The event features 10 student teams.

FilmStudentsAndSBIFFJANUARY 31, 2014 -- Four Allan Hancock College film students could earn the opportunity to have their film screened in front of some of Hollywood’s biggest names during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Julian Barragan, Dwight Colon, Erik Chavez and Matt Nichols are representing Hancock in the annual 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition.

They are the first team from Allan Hancock College selected by a SBIFF committee as a finalist for the contest, which started in 2004.  The competition features 10 teams of students, who have 10 days to produce 10-minute films.

“I am so excited for the chance for someone like Martin Scorsese to see my film.  This could be our big break,” said Barragan, who is the film’s director.  (Pictured L-R: Erik Chavez, Dwight Colon, Matt Nichols and Julian Barragan)

Teams from Santa Barbara City College, UC Santa Barbara, Brooks Institute and Antioch University are competing against Hancock in the college category.  Five high schools from Santa Barbara County are in a separate category.

“This is our opportunity to show what the film program at Allan Hancock College is all about.  We have such great instructors here.  I know we can win this,” added Colon, who is the producer.  “It’s our time to shine.”

The Hancock team was randomly assigned a screenplay titled Love Hurts, which was written by a UCSB student.  “It’s a romantic comedy about a young married couple that is drifting apart from one another,” said Barragan.  “The dialogue and story are great.”

Using equipment from Hancock’s film program, the four-person crew and four-person cast began shooting on Wednesday, Jan.29.  They received special permission from 10-10-10 organizers to film some scenes on the Santa Maria campus.  Scenes will also be shot in Santa Barbara.

“Our lead actress cancelled on us last week.  So we had to audition actors at the last minute.  But we’re ready to roll,” said Barragan, who moved to Santa Maria from Bogota, Columbia about four years ago.

The films are due by Friday, Feb. 7.  They will be judged on Feb.9 with the winning film screened later that day at the closing night ceremony at the Arlington Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.  The 29th annual SBIFF honors Academy-Award frontrunners like Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey, Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Thompson.

“Win or lose, we’ve already won.  We’ve had the opportunity to network with people in the industry.  Joanna Kerns, a producer of ER and Scrubs and a former actress, shared her contacts with me to find actors for this film.  I would have never thought that was possible,” said Barragan.

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