"Escape Velocity," an original film by Dan Mundt,
an adjunct professor in the Greenlee
School of Journalism and Communication, has won several Iowa
Motion Picture Association Awards.
The annual awards ceremony was held the weekend of June 15. "Escape
Velocity" received three first place awards and two "Awards
"Escape Velocity" is a full-length motion
picture produced during the summer of 2000 in central Iowa. The film had
its local premiere Friday, Feb. 15 on the Iowa State campus, The fictional
screenplay looks at one female U.S. Army pilot during World War II (Claire,
played by Iowa State performing arts graduate Kim Hale), whose plane is
stolen. Claire decides to take it upon herself to find out on her own
who took the plane and why.
The rest of the nearly two-hour film takes Claire across the country and
then onto Europe at the end of the war.
Mundt received a best director award for "Escape
Velocity" while Hale won best actress. The best lighting award went
to Aaron Siskow, a graduate student in the Greenlee School.
"Escape Velocity" received "Awards
of Excellence" for special effects and for Iowa State actor Joe Siple.
This isn't the first awards for "Escape Velocity."
The film won first place in the narrative
category of the Broadcast Education Association's 2002 International BEA
Festival of Film, Video and Media Arts.
Two other films associated with Iowa State and the Greenlee School won
"Awards of Excellence" from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
"Persistence of Vision: The Making of Harbingers of the Realm"
received an award in the "Entertainment, Long Form" category.
That film was made by Andy Langager, a graduate student in the Greenlee
Senior journalism and mass communication majors
Rua Pokladnik and Cody Jans also received an "Award of Excellence"
for their student production entitled "54."