GRFF’s inaugural 36-Hour Challenge brings together 17 groups of ambitious innovators. The competition serves as a gathering for local filmmakers. It’s a valuable opportunity to make future connections. To make this seemingly large population of filmmakers more intimate, we’ve highlighted a few contenders racing the clock in two short weeks.
Cornerstone University’s Official Team consists of eight students including:
Larissa Fifer “Growing up as a pastor’s daughter in a redneck, small town in Northern Michigan, I never imagined I'd be pursuing film as a career. After taking a community college screenwriting course, I found my love. Then when I decided on a school for film and started working on sets, I found my passion. Film has such an impact on this world today, I just hope to be a little light flickering in the darkness.
Elizabeth Okma “I'm the director for the Cornerstone team. I've always had a passion for storytelling, and the idea of being able to bring worlds and characters to life has always driven me to create and imagine. With my Cornerstone film family by my side and long experience with film, I'm excited to see what tale we'll weave.”
Kendall College of Art and Design has pulled together a diverse group of Digital Media designers to represent their school in the 36-Hour Challenge. The vast skill set among this group ranges from film, 2D animation/motion graphics, 3D animation, and sound design. Our team consists of Videographers Ashley Kalin, and Matthew McDaniel, Tys Yoder and Kelsey Kamrowski, who will be assisting in 2d, 3d, and motion graphic animation, and our sound designer, Chris Kehoe.
Maroon Team from Calvin College
Nathan Roels Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I am definitely proud to live in the mitten. I am a senior at Calvin College where I am studying Digital Filmmaking, while also getting minors in Spanish and Business. What I am most excited about for this competition is to see the variety of transformative stories all the groups are able to make in such a short period of time, and the sleep that I will get when the 36 hours are over.
Alfield Reeves Born in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, Alfield Reeves is a passionate and creative visionary, who loves fashion, writing and poetry. He is a self-taught photographer, poet and fashion blogger residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is known for his black and white fashion photography. Being a creative isn't just a hobby for Alfield but a passion and a gift from God that percolates through everything he does.
“I am Marcus Thomas, someone who loves video production and graphic design. With my love for these two things I decided to start a business so I can benefit others in their life or business. I have continued to develop my skills for video production and graphic design through classes, programs, and self teaching. I'm motivated to teach, inspire, and create opportunities for the next generation of video producers.”
Team Flixters with Hats: Talon Rudel
Talon Rudel is a filmmaker born and raised from the east side of Michigan. He moved to the Grand Rapids area to study at Grand Valley State University, from which he will graduate in fall of 2017. During his time at GVSU, he has written and directed multiple short films, currently runs the student run television station (GVTV), and works as a videographer. His passion for filmmaking developed at a young age, and he loves to take any chance he can to learn or try something new. His team Flixters With Hats was united under the same philosophy, and they are all excited to see what they learn from this experience.
Team Paint Pictures: Aaron Voogt
Aaron Voogt has made multiple short films independently throughout high school, and plans on studying film in college. His favorite films include Robocop (1987) and The World's End (2013). He also enjoys prop-making and raising ants.
Other 36-Hour Challenge teams include:
Grandpa Crane, 3 TJ Taylor
Cornerstone Official, 8 Elizabeth Okma, Seth Kacel, Nath Chitwood, Abby Barker, Larissa Fifer, Ashton McBride, Noah Hempel
KCAD Animators, 7 Ashley Kalin, Matt McDaniel, Kelsey Kamrowski, Matt McDaniel
Orange Box, Cornerstone 8 Kendrick Satterfi, Caleb Joyce, Caleb Hannah, Ian Gibson, Jeremiah Crawford, Nick Wang, Ben Hannah, Erika Kremnitzer
good script, b.A.A.d movie, 4 Brandon Cooley, Simon Carlson, Ben Stevens, Noah Campbell
Bsl Cinema, 3 Andrew Tebeau
Flixters with Hats, 10 Talon Rudel, Jacob Farrah, Garrett Bleshenski, A.J. Bedard, Coleson Anderson, Zach Lucassian, Kara Micallef, Mike Moretti, Syndney Martin, Harrison Smith
Marshmallows, 12 RJ Zarzycki, Harrison Gugino, Robbie Ellis, Josh Bernia, Jonny Clark, Joshua Swift, Ryan Faber, Nathan Hyde, Nicolaus Enzweiler, Luke Robinette, Connor Olson, Eryn Dennin
Empower Team, 3 Ujjwal Rai, Dhiraj Adhikari, Prakash Rai
Gold – Calvin College, 6 Daniel Teo, Brittany Padilla, Josephine Loh, Mimi Mutesa, Lydia Bouwkamp, Andrew Gilbert
Maroon – Calvin College, 7 Hailey Jansson, Nate Roels, Spencer Allen, David Fitch, Jeffrey Peterson, Marcus Thomas, Alfield Reeves
TDMP Films, 7 Justin Campbell, Lauren Stefl, Clayton Springer
Paint Pictures, 6 Aaron Voogt, Nolan Corrin, Jordan Voogt, Ethan Zahrt, Mason Glanville, Emily Bolek
Fruit Face, 3 (HS) Kevin Cobb, Carson O’Brien, Dylan Meyer
KV Productions, 6 (HS) Juan Vicario, Victor Diaz, Miqueas Galán, Angel Lopez, Kolton Toothman
Irregardlessly Us productions, 4 (HS) Ellie Lancaster, Kevin O’Neil, Eleanor Lowen, William Kelley