URBAN-15 presented the 5th annual Josiah Media Festival July 7th through 9th. I attended on Saturday Night and watched 17 short films made by talented youth under 21 years old. At the end of the screening awards were given out for the best films in the experimental, documentary, animation and narrative categories. During intermission we were treated to free passion ice tea donated by Starbucks and fruit kebabs were sold. The friendly URBAN-15 staff met attendees in front of the building before the event and helped us find parking.
Nicholas Wachter, a student at Communication Arts High School won the best in show and best narrative awards for his film “The Receptionist.” Nicholas was presented an award by Marcus Neundorf. Marcus and Nancy Neundorf created the festival with URBAN-15 in honor of their son Josiah, a media artist who passed away in 2006 as a result of osteosarcoma.
Other best film awards went to Matthew Cunningham, St. Mary’s Hall for animation; Edgar Patino, University of North Texas, for experimental; and students from the Bay Area Video Coalition in Oakland, CA, for documentary. Also on hand to receive awards were Aaron Richmond-Havel, Hampshire College, 2nd place Experimental, and Mark Storga, Victor Garza and Luis Ramirez, Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, 2nd place animation.