Goliad students win first place at film festival (w/video)

Kikland Eggemeyer
  • Hall Monitors
  • IF YOU GO

  • • WHAT: Goliad Film Festival

    •  WHEN: 6:30 p.m. June 2

    • WHERE: Goliad High School Auditorium, 749 N. Tiger Drive

    • COST: Free

  • BIO BOXES

    Name: Kirkland Eggemeyer

    Age: 18

    Year: Senior

    Favorite directors: Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

    Aspirations: Headed to Victoria College for his basics with plans to transfer to another college to become a computer engineer.

    Role in the ...

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  • BIO BOXES

    Name: Kirkland Eggemeyer

    Age: 18

    Year: Senior

    Favorite directors: Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

    Aspirations: Headed to Victoria College for his basics with plans to transfer to another college to become a computer engineer.

    Role in the movie: Actor

    Name: Dempsey Duprie

    Age: 19

    Year: Senior

    Favorite directors: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

    Aspirations: Will be attending Howard Payne University and studying criminal justice. Filmmaking will remain a hobby.

    Role in the movie: Actor, cinematography

    Name: Union Brooks

    Age: 19

    Year: Senior

    Favorite directors: Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, James Cameron

    Aspirations: Plans to take some time off from school to pursue filmmaking in the Austin area and hopes to later enroll at the University of Texas at Austin to study filmmaking.

    Role in the movie: Actor, cinematography

    Name: Matthew Baca

    Age: 18

    Year: Senior

    Favorite director: Martin Scorsese

    Aspirations: Headed to Texas State University in San Marcos to study either geography or history.

    Role in the movie: Editor

    Name: Jason Harvey

    Age: 18

    Year: Senior

    Favorite director: Steven Spielberg

    Aspirations: Headed to Texas State University in San Marcos to study electrical engineering.

    Role in the movie: Cinematography

    Name: Christy Zillig

    Position: Audio and video production teacher at Goliad High School

Matthew Baca and his teammates leapt out of their seats and screamed with joy when their short film, "Hall Monitors," was named state champion.

"Hall Monitors" won first for narrative at the first University Interscholastic League Young Filmmakers Festival.

"I was surprised really; there were a lot of good films there," said Baca, a Goliad High School senior. "I was probably one of the most pessimistic ones there, and I jumped up out of my chair after the announcement."

Baca, 18, said he hugged the person sitting closest to him, teammate Union Brooks, who is also a senior at Goliad High.

"We were all so outrageously excited," Brooks, 19, said. "All the films shown there were brilliant in their own way."

The win was an important one for the newly developed video and audio production class, which was started this school year, said coordinator and teacher Christy Zillig.

"There were kids at this school who were already interested in filmmaking, so there was demand," said Zillig, who has also worked as a computer science and mathematics teacher. "When we learned about the UIL competition, it gave my kids something to work hard for."

The film "Hall Monitors" was written, shot and edited one month before the contest deadline in March.

The premise of the film takes a comedic look at hall monitors who have gone rogue.

The students spent three weeks writing, one week shooting and one week editing, Zillig said.

"I hope we get more students in the class next year," Zillig said. "I also hope we can raise more money for another camera and equipment."