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GC theatre students finalist in Cannes Film Festival

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June 24, 2011

Short films produced by Georgia College theatre students for a Maymester course became finalists for an international competition.

The 58th annual Cannes Lions Film Festival held in Cannes, Lauren Adel portrays a mother confronting the Tooth Fairy with help from fellow actors Erin Borain and Joe Dumford.Lauren Adel portrays a mother confronting the Tooth Fairy with help from fellow actors Erin Borain and Joe Dumford.France, in June selected three of six Georgia College commercials for the Cannes Lions 2011: Make an Ad Competition.

Georgia College students submitted their films in the competition’s advertising category, competing against thousands of professional cinematographers.

The students worked with guest artist and local cinematographer Tom Wise to produce one- to three-minute videos promoting a new perspective for name brand slogans.

The finalists films included:

  • AT&T’s “Rethink Possible” campaign by Gabrielle Byndloss and Erin Borain;
  • Glacéau vitaminwater’s “hydration only better” by Troy Hencely; and
  • Chevrolet’s “How far would you go to seize an opportunity?” by Joseph Dumford.

“This competition was a first-time experience for us, so when we found out we made it to the final round, we celebrated,” said junior Erin Borain. “It was amazing to know our videos were in the top 40 or 50 of our individual campaign categories with so many entries worldwide.”

Dr. Amy Pinney, assistant professor of theatre in the Georgia College Theatre Department, taught the Acting for Film course.

Within three weeks students learned about their brand, acted on camera, shot video segments around campus and the community, and edited the work.

 “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach a class through engaged and experiential learning that reflects our university’s mission,” said Pinney. “With the film industry growing in Atlanta, this course is important so our students have the necessary skill set. Students leave the class with individual reels of their film and monologue work.”

The course was freshman Troy Hencely’s third acting class at Georgia College.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling to become a finalist of such a prestigious festival after three theatre courses,” said Hencely. “Dr. Pinney helped me really get through the process with her advice. Reaching that level showed the quality of this class and our theatre program.”

 For more information about the course, contact Pinney at or (478) 445-7318. To learn more about cinematographer Tom Wise’s work, visit


Le Vol - Gabrielle Byndloss and Erin Borain


Can You See What I See? - Kyle McDougal


Plants and Planes — Jess McClure and Emily Holloway


The Toothfairy...Only Better — Troy Hencely


Parents Day — Lauren Adel


Magadalena Viajando — Joe Dumford

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