Froshlife Film Festival Spotlights First-year Students

Top honors for Jarvis Hall's "Greater Than Oneself" and original music

Students from Jarvis Residence Hall won top honors in this year's Froshlife first-year film festival with a short film about a musical "day in the life" of three first-year Duke students. Eight movies were submitted for the 11th annual Froshlife event, organized by the Office of Information Technology and the Division of Student Affairs. View all the movies on the Froshlife website. Student teams, grouped by residence hall, are provided with equipment for filming and editing and are given less than two weeks to draft scripts, recruit actors, and film and edit a movie. Films are limited to seven minutes in length. This year's winner was selected by the estimated 175 in attendance at the Froshlife premiere night event on March 1 in Richard White auditorium. Prizes also were awarded for best actor/actress, story, director, editor and score. Although technology has changed since the first Froshlife in 2003, many of the themes remain timeless, said Michael Faber, a multimedia specialist with OIT and Froshlife organizer. "What hasn't changed at all is what the freshman experience is -- struggling with academics, fitting in, first love -- and how freshmen tell that story," Faber said.