July 3, 2013 – Twelve students, including 10 current or former Dutchess Community College students, recently were honored as finalists in the Eli Jaffe Film Competition.
The students are Alex DeLeon, Jason Alfonso, Jayme Portanova, Brendan Kiernan, Amanda Fleming, De’Juan Encarnacion, Elise Greenage, Edith Morris and Jordan Thomas, all from DCC, Chris Sarmiento of DCC and SUNY New Paltz, Ben Golden from SUNY New Paltz and Katelynn Jones from SUNY New Paltz.
The top prize was taken by Sarmiento, Golden and Jones for a short film called “A Son Down, After Sun Down,” which focused on gun violence in Hudson Valley urban areas. DeLeon, Fleming and Portanova created “Beauty is a Feeling” while Kiernan’s film was called “Karkinos.” Alfonso worked with Greenage, Morris and Thomas on “The Mid-Hudson Anti-Slavery Project” and Encarnacion’s top-five film was, “A Day in the Life of DJ.”
The competition was created to honor public issue-themed video projects by students at the six regional colleges: DCC, Marist, Vassar, Bard, Mount Saint Mary and SUNY New Paltz.