Preview of the 8th Annual Josiah Media Festival

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Beginning this Thursday, July 10, fresh new voices in the realm of filmmaking will be on display as part of the 8th annual Josiah Media Festival. Started by Urban-15 Group  in 2007 to honor the memory of vibrant media artist and namesake Josiah Miles Neundorf, the festival has been thriving throughout the past several years as a platform for the cinematic efforts of under-21 filmmakers.

Up until June 1, CDS and thumb drives were flooding into the festival mailbox from nine countries and 12 U.S. states, featuring short film submissions in the forms of narrative, animation, experimental and documentary. As the festival begins on Thursday, juried entries will be screened to the public every night at 7 p.m. until the awards ceremony on Saturday night.

Just so you know what to expect, here's a look at three of this year's promising entries.

“Fuga Animada” by Augusto Bicalho Roque, Brazil

Baited by the filmmaker with the simple description "The production of an animated film is often accompanied by the struggle between the animator and the animated...," this stop motion animation short examines the relationship between media and artist.

"Flash Point” by Colin Campbell

A beautifully-shot nine-minute film about the struggle between past memories and future uncertainties. Backed by an impressive original score, an adolescent boy struggles to give up his fond memories as he graduates from high school and readies to leave home.

“The Case of Amber Gram” by the Cooper Bros

Far more ambitious than you would expect of novice filmmakers, "The Case of Amber Gram" finds a young woman at odds with a totalitarian government. Based in an alternate reality during the 20th century, this film recalls the fears of the Cold War era and calls viewers to question current political institutions that may be overstepping their boundaries.

The festival is held at URBAN-15 Studio (2500 S. Presa). Screenings begin at 7 p.m. each night. General admission is $10, and admission for military, artists, students, and seniors is $5. Tickets are available online at josiahmediafestival.com and at the door. For more information, visit josiahmediafestival.com, contact Jonathan Anderson at info@josiahmediafestival.com or call URBAN-15 at 210-736-1500.

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