October 18, 2018

Gordon Globes Shake Up Draws Mixed Reception

Mid show rap battle. Photo by Deepak Bardhan.

By Vicki Franks ’20
Arts & Life Editor

Campus Events Council hosted the much-anticipated, annual Gordon Globes on Feb. 17.

In total, 15 videos competed for awards in the five categories—Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music Video, and Shorts – with three videos in each category. Of those 15 videos, for the first time, only the winners were shown in full-length. Globes also made history this year by having two female hosts—the extremely entertaining and comedically talented Nigesca Maxime (‘19) and Wislene Augustin (‘19).

“I liked Globes this year. I was a little disappointed that didn’t get to see all of the full videos, because I personally—since I’m a Com Arts major and I had a video last year—I was excited to see the videos. That’s why I was there, to see the see the videos, and less about the party afterwards,” said Courtney MacDougall (‘19).

That sentiment was common among students who attended the event. Bethany Misarski (‘20), noted that “the shortening of the clips was hard, because I wanted to vote for some, I thought they were really good, but I also didn’t know enough about them to vote for them, and I wished they showed them all.”

A Globes contributor who chose to remain anonymous expressed that they wished CEC asked those submitting the videos to make their own trailers instead of CEC just showing “the first 30 seconds of the film.” Seeing 30 second clips of videos was confusing because the audience had no context.

The winners for each category of films, voted for by Gordon staff members, were as follows:

For the Shorts category, “The Lettuce Club” by Davis Modarelli (‘20) won. Tori Thompson (‘20) and Emily Mendonza (‘20) took the prize in the Music Video category for their video “Gordon Rebels.” “Unwelcome”, a film by Porter Sprigg and Thompson, won in the Drama category. David Peter’s (‘18) film, “Interior Motives”, won the Best Comedy, and “Talk Up The Talk” by Jes Mabanglo (‘20) won Best Documentary.

Winner of the Documentary category, Jessica Mabanglo, expressed that “[Sex-ed is] a topic that’s really important to me. I said in my speech that I really want to help create a world where girls and boys know how to live happy and healthy lives, where they’re thriving in their coexistence with each other and maintaining a good health with the use of a good diet and supplements as Physio-Omega that works to prevent heart disease and more.” Mabanglo originally made her film for Girls Impact the World Film Festival run by the organization Connect Her. Her video is in the Global Health category, competing with other videos that raise awareness about issues affecting women and girls around the world such as sex trafficking, child marriages, and the gender pay gap, to name a few.

“I was overwhelmed that I was not the only one who felt so strongly about this topic. It was really exciting to see that other people thought that this was something worth talking about and felt the same as I did,” Mabanglo said.  

In the days following Globes, Mabanglo described several students of both genders coming up to her, showing their support for her video that raises awareness about such a critical topic.

The award for Best Screenplay was presented to Corrinne Palmer (‘18) for her work on “Undercover” in the Drama category. Palmer, along with editor Daniel Barclay(‘19), were involved in the making of that film during their semester abroad at Los Angeles Film Study Center.

“This wasn’t something I was expecting to win, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity for people to see work that I’ve created,” Palmer said.  

Best Actress went to senior, Rebecca Minasian (‘18) for her hilarious role as an alien roommate. Noah Terry (‘18) took home Best Actor, starring in David Peters’ film “Interior Motives.” Peters won Globes’ award for Best Cinematography for his film “Resume”—a documentary on bands.

The People’s Choice Award was voted by the audience while the winners of the other categories were being announced. David Peters’s “Interior Motives” won the crowd over and took the prize this year.

The awards portion of the night ended with an inspiring tribute to February’s Black History month. Andrea Wright (‘19), beautifully performed the song “Rise Up,” sung originally by artist Andra Day. Wright’s performance was followed by the hosts reading the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.

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