Mosaic Student Film Festival Aug. 4

Staff Report

Rockford’s Mosaic Student Film Festival (MSFF) has announced this year’s films for the Aug. 4 event at the Rockford Woman’s Club’s Rockford Theatre.

Selected films are Alone Together by Ben Kadie; Billy’s Bones by Derek Luttrell; Bookstore by Alexander Haney; Captivating by Julia Moore; Death of Tropics by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer; Ibdis by Dana Shihadah; Junk by David Dawson; Marathon for Miracles by Joshua Smooha; Overcomer by Christiaan Letsinger and Julia Moore; and Verbatim by Eric Smigiel.

Judges for this year’s films are Oscar-winning filmmaker Dan Lindsay, filmmaker Igor Kasyanyuk and two-time MSFF winner Miles Allen.

The annual MSFF gives fans and filmmakers an intimate glimpse into the student filmmaking community of the stateline area and the world.

The festival will be at the Rockford Theatre at the Rockford Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m., and the screenings beginning at 7 p.m.

This year’s awards will be presented immediately following the screenings. Information about attending can be found on the MSFF website,

After just four previous festivals, MSFF has grown into an event that goes beyond Rockford and has generated interest with student filmmakers from around the world. To accommodate this interest, the MSFF will expand next year into the Mosaic World Film Festival (MWFF). This means the 2013 event will have an afternoon screening of student films, and then an evening event of open category films.

MSFF has really become a community of talented filmmakers, and we now see the need to expand and include filmmakers of all experience levels and ages,” said Jerry LaBuy, the festival director. “We’ve had so many filmmakers who contact us wishing they could take part, and we decided it was time to make Mosaic a full festival with both student and open categories.”

Tickets for this year’s event are $5 and can be purchased at the entrance of the Rockford Theatre beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the event. Ticket sales will help fund workshops and filmmaker conferences for the fest’s education arm, The Mosaic Film Project.

Door prize entries will also be given for donated items at the door to support local charities. A full list of items needed can be found on the festival website ( The grand prize for this year’s door prizes is a pair of tickets to see the musical Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago at the Apollo Theatre. The more items donated, the more entries you will receive.

For more about the Mosaic Student Film Festival or the Mosaic Film Project, contact Jerry LaBuy at (815) 742-7410 or visit

Mosaic Student Film Festival

Founded in 2008, the Mosaic Student Film Festival is an annual event from the Mosaic Film Project that unites students through the creative and powerful medium of film. The event was started by students from the Rockford area who desired to create an event that would empower young people to creatively express themselves, while providing them with the means to affect their community in a positive way.

The Mosaic Student Film Festival is held each fall at a venue in the Rockford area and features a screening of original films, a red carpet pre-event, and the opportunity for young filmmakers to connect with their community. Students have the opportunity to create original works and have them presented alongside other aspiring student filmmakers.

The festival is unique in that not only does it exhibit films created by young filmmakers, but it also supports local charities by collecting donated items at the door. To date, the festival has raised more than $1,600 worth of items that have been distributed.

For more information, visit

Mosaic Film Project

Founded in 2010 by filmmaker Jerry LaBuy, the Mosaic Film Project is an organization dedicated to helping students express themselves and change their world for the better through the medium of film.

The Mosaic Film Project partners with schools, museums, libraries and other community centers to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on opportunity to make their own movies and tell their own stories.

The organization hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including filmmaking workshops, screenings, seminars and lectures featuring film professionals, along with the annual Mosaic Student Film Festival. All of these events are designed to mentor and help student filmmakers create not just films, but to have a positive impact on their community.

For more about MFP, visit

From the Aug. 1-7, 2012, issue

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