By Tina Snieder
At two o’clock on January 12, junior Julia Lodder received an email from Dordt College that marked the start of the 2017 Prairie Grass Film Festival. Lodder, alongside Tyler Bulthuis, produced Providence Production’s short film entry in the competition. This marks the sixth consecutive year Providence students have participated in Dordt College’s Prairie Grass Film Festival. Started in 2006, this competition gives participants high school age and older the opportunity to lend a multitude of talents to create a short film, such as directing, writing, acting, editing, and composing, all within 48 hours.
Typically the competition requires each group to meet certain requirements, such as inclusion of a specific character or theme.This year’s challenge required that one character must be a police officer, and the film also had to include either a hula hoop or a 50’s record player.
Providence’s participation in the festival started back in 2011, when students Johnathan Kruis and Ian Harriman, both graduates of 2014, entered the festival. They produced three films for the festival and won in their category for two consecutive years. Over the years Providence has enjoyed a large range of areas at which to film, including Mt. Wilson, coastline beaches, and local shops in the Pasadena area. Student involvement also continues to increase, with around 20 students having participated in the production this year.
While the competition only lasts 48 hours, Dordt College also hosts an award ceremony for its contestants, which students will stream in order to view it. Awards are given to contestants at the top of their category, as well as an award given for best overall production. After the ceremony Providence’s film, The Wreckoning, will be available for viewing on Dordt’s website.