Frosty Nominations Viewings

On Saturday, May 7th Frostburg State University Department of Communication and Creative Communication Club is to host its second annual Frosty Awards, an award show style showcase of creative projects from students of all majors. This past week I had the pleasure of viewing the top nominations from the music videos, promo, and short films category.

The top three nominations for the music videos were shown in CCIT earlier in the week.

The first was “Two Hunnid Hummies” by Against the Grain and directed by Shaniya Johnson. The video speaks about social issues in the city of Baltimore such as the Freddie Gray riots and police brutality in general; the song for the music video was of the Hip-Hop/Rap genre. Although the song takes on these controversial issues, it also depicts having love for the city through its ups and downs. The artists often states in the video that “My city is still the greatest.”   The song gives off a sense of pride and a call for change.

The second music video by Sofia Petros, who is an exchange student from Argentina, was titled “Jamie Simon.” The video portrays the culture of Argentina; it was in Spanish and showed various foods from the country. The music gave an indie pop sound to it. Also, it displayed different generations of a family so there were many smiles and interactions between the cast. This video gave a sense of traditions and family, but was a lot of fun and very colorful.

The last music video presented was “Takin’ Care of Business” by Sidney Beeman. The song for the video had an alternative/rock genre base, and it displayed the main character as being unsatisfied with their job and personal life. Deciding to take a risk, she starts a rock band with her friend who was a co-star in the video.

There were two videos shown from the promo category. The first from that, “The Meaning of Christmas,” was by Nate Hutchings. The video had a commercial feel to it, displaying words that would describe what Christmas means to many people. It also urged the audience to find out what was “the purpose of Christmas” for them.

The second promo was about the Hooley Plunge which is a local, annual event where many residents of Allegany County and beyond take a plunge into Lake Habeeb in order to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Hooley Plunge funds the entire budget for the local Special Olympics.

From the short film category “The Mountain” by Jackson Emch and “Adoption” by Abbey Bigney & Samantha Politis were viewed. “The Mountain” starts with a young man waking up early in the morning trying to motivate himself to work-out, but he just can’t seem to find the energy for the first few minutes of the film. As the film progresses, the young man continuously gets better at waking up and completing his exercise routine for the day. This short film showed to never give up on your goals and practice makes perfect; everyone has a mountain to overcome.

The second film was more of a short documentary; it speaks about one of the director’s struggles with being adopted. The film starts off with “I was chosen” and spoke about how much she loved her adopted family, but as it continues she discusses her fears of not knowing her biological roots, not knowing if she was susceptible to any diseases by DNA, or why exactly she was given up for adoption. The film then closes by the director acknowledging that even though it saddens her to know that her birth parents may not have wanted her, she feels loved and wanted regardless because her adopted family chose her to be a part of their family.

The Frosty Award Winners are determined on May 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Gira Center 397.

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