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ORFS – Film Challenge Screening

Students creativity on display

Jen Hazel (left) listens to responses from participating team members during the ORFS-Film Challenge Fall 2023 screening. (Rob Thomas)The Oregon Road Film Series held a screening Wednesday, December 6, 2023. It featured films created earlier this semester by student teams, in which participating teams had roughly 50 hours to write, film, edit and publish a short film.

Russell Gronbach shared his experience as a team member and actor for one of the films created and screened “Disassociate”. He said, “What makes it interesting is the experience. The challenge to come up with a story on the spot and create it and post it in that time frame.”

Jen Hazel, professor of English at Owens Community College and an organizer of the film challenge and screening commented, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to develop their interpersonal, creative and technical skills, and then have their talent showcased.”

Along with the participating teams, guests that attended the screening included family, friends, and Owens Community College students, faculty, staff and administration. Hazel added, “Watching the student films is a lot of fun!”

Hazel also teased that the Film Challenge will reveal a brand new category for its Spring 2024 return.

The Oregon Road Film Series Film Challenge gives participating teams, 50-hour period in which to create a short (up to 8-minutes) film with a specific theme. The filming for the Spring semester’s FREE challenge will be March 15-17, 2024 and coincides with the last weekend of Owens Community College spring break.

The ORFS-Film Challenge participants will meet for the kick off meeting Friday, March 15 in the Toledo-area campus Library conference room, CH 170, at noon.  If you would like to participate but do not have a team, the ORFS organizers will set you up with an existing team.

The official rules are here.

You may reach out to Jen Hazel at [email protected] or Rob Thomas at [email protected] for more information.

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Rob Thomas, Faculty Advisor
Rob Thomas is an Owens Community College Fine and Performing Arts faculty member. He is the Broadcast Media and Technology assistant professor and advisor for the Owens OutComm Student Media Center. Before coming to instruct full time at Owens Community College, Rob served several years with the YMCA of Greater Toledo within their marketing and communications department, promoting the organization to staff, members, volunteers, community collaborators, media, and the  community at large. Prior to his career with the Y, Rob spent 18 years in the broadcast industry as air talent and production director for Clear Channel (now known as iHeart Media) that included Toledo radio stations 92.5 Kiss FM, (WVKS), 101.5 The River (WRVF), FM 104 WIOT, 1230 AM-WCWA and 1370 AM-WSPD. Rob is a multimedia producer and content creator, utilizing his skills to help not-for-profit and for-profit businesses increase their awareness to the audience they serve. Clients Rob has worked with include Car Stereo One, The Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers, Stone Oak Business Condominiums, The Toledo Diocese Office of Black Catholic Ministry, the Sylvania Northview Wildcat Marching Band, and most recently OhioMeansJobs LucasAdvisor County. Rob earned a Bachelors degree in Radio-Television Production with emphasis on Broadcast Script Writing from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio). His hobbies and interests include improv, science fiction, radio plays, collecting sound effects, making short films, and hosting the Classic Rock Lunch, heard Thursdays from noon until 1 pm on OutCast, OCCR – Owens Community College Radio. Rob also volunteers his time and talent to the community in various ways, including mentoring local elementary school students for their televised closed-circuit morning announcements, tutoring students and serving on committees for his church. Rob is the former voice of the Sylvania Northview High School Wildcats Marching Band and announced the music selections during pre-game and half-time performances. He also served on the Harbor, Inc. board of trustees.

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