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Pepperdine University Students to Premiere Short Films at 14th Annual ReelStories Film Festival



January 26, 2023 – Malibu, CA – The 14th Annual ReelStories Film Festival (RSFF14) will be hosted at Pepperdine University on Friday, February 3 from 6-10 PM. This exciting red carpet premiere event has showcased student filmmaking and creative talent since it was established in 2009 by the Student Programming Board.

“As both a film student and a member of the Board here at Pepperdine, I find it important that there is an opportunity for students to showcase their hard work, passion, and talent on campus each year,” said Abby Brown, RSFF14 co-executive director and junior at Pepperdine. “I look forward to celebrating film alongside my peers again this year!” 

RSFF14 gives undergraduate college students the opportunity to convey powerful messages through the art of film. This year's theme, Timeless: Stories That Live On, will feature enduring and meaningful stories from both personal and imaginative student perspectives.

“I believe that truth and love can be shared through stories,” said Claire Lee, RSFF14 co-executive director and senior at Pepperdine. “While the mode of storytelling has transformed over time, the impact is still the same–people remember stories. This film festival provides an opportunity for students to share stories from their hearts and for all members of the audience to better understand themselves and each other. I love the ReelStories Film Festival!”

The Films
Gotta Rob Bryan
Directed by Mclynn Howard
Two broke roommates receive an eviction notice. Their solution? A friendly robbery.

Love Doctor
Directed by Cat Masterson
A new patient tells her love doctor about the awful date she had. Together the two spend the day attempting to understand love.

Hi, This is Georgia
Directed by Georgia Zanca
Georgia has always known she was different. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder her sophomore year of college, she struggles to overcome and accept her imperfections while battling this chronic mental disorder.

Poems on a Monday
Directed by Hannah Bella Huynh
A heartbroken girl finds comfort in the necklace given to her by her ex-boyfriend. Her best friends encourage her to take it off, but not before her ex witnesses this final act of betrayal.

Sweet Brother What Have You Done
Directed by William Holewa
After a robbery goes array, Luc a former heist crew member is called back into a life of crime to save his brothers life. Unsuccessful he must deal the consequences.

Sticks in a Bundle
Directed by Katai Mutale
Tensions rise in a Zambian family as an upcoming milestone threatens to upset domestic unity. When Natasha receives a scholarship to a university overseas, Charity is deeply upset at the thought of being forgotten by her adoptive sister. With the help of their mother, the young women must find a way to preserve their relationship with each other while celebrating their unique gifts and opportunities.

Directed by Hali Orefice
Ari, stressed in the midst of figuring out what her life will look like after college, believes that all she needs is more time. She finds that her wish has come true, suddenly living the same day over and over. She got what she wanted, but will it ever truly be enough?

Directed by Emily Watson
A young woman prepares to refuse a marriage proposal. But the unwanted advances take an unexpected turn.

The Details
What: 14th Annual ReelStories Film Festival
When: Friday, February 3, 2023, 6-10 PM
Where:  Mullin Town Square, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
RSVP: reelstoriesfilmfestival.com

About Pepperdine University
Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 10,300 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the Caruso School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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