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Picture this: a student film festival

Drake students are empowered and equipped to dream big. That’s certainly the case with Drake sophomore Steven Amos who, with brother and Cornell University student Brian Amos, has developed a student film festival that will give student filmmakers from around the world an unparalleled opportunity — their film, seen by thousands, in more than 50 cities across the country.

Open to high school and college students, Student Films Across America is currently receiving submissions; in May, its judges — who include Drake alumni John August, JO’92, a major movie scriptwriter, and actor Michael Emerson, FA’76, currently seen on ABC TV’s “Lost” — will select five films to become a core show. Along with a movie by a local filmmaker, the show will be played in more than 50 cities in the United States and Canada. The festival will award $35,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 theme song contest prize.

The Amos brothers will be riding a tour bus named Vivian, starting in their home state of Wisconsin and ending in Los Angeles for an awards presentation. For information on Student Films Across America, visit its Web site at www.studentfilmsacrossamerica.com