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Cultural notes: Emory student wins Campus MovieFest top honors; sculpture blooms at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Emory student wins Campus MovieFest top honors

Emory University student Ien Chi, whose short film “Tick Tock” has become a YouTube sensation, won the best picture prize at this week’s Campus MovieFest 2011 International Grand Finale in Hollywood.

The four minute and 50 second film, which follows a young man in what he believes are the last minutes of his life, has received more than 960,816 YouTube hits in only four months.

“I actually felt a great sense of calm, which is surprising because I thought I’d be really nervous,” said Chi, who was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Atlanta and Seoul, about attending the CMF awards ceremony. “At that point, I really didn’t mind if our movie lost or won. Just experiencing all of CMF and the fantastic awards ceremony was enough for me.

“And with ‘Tick Tock’ having gone so far online and beyond already, I would have been satisfied if we didn’t win anything at all,” he continued. “Actually that’s not true. I would have been a teensy bit disappointed.”

Filmmakers from more than 75 schools attended the grand finale, during which more than 200 student short films were shown on the Universal Studios lot.

“‘Tick Tock,’ along with all the other top films, truly shows the power of video to captivate audiences worldwide,” said Dan Costa, co-founder of Campus MovieFest, one of four Emory students who launched the program in 2001 that provides student filmmakers the technology and training they need to produce a short film in a week.

The 2011 winners films will be featured in-flight on Virgin America. To view the top CMF movies, visit HOWARD POUSNER

Sculpture at nature center

Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center opens the first in a planned series of outdoor sculpture shows on Friday. Curated by Roswell artist George Long, “Nature in Art” is an exhibition of abstract, environment-inspired pieces that dot the attraction’s grounds along the Chattahoochee River. The seven artists include Debra Fritts of Roswell, who created a collection of vessels displayed near Kingfisher Pond, intended as a reminder of the preciousness of water resources. Free with nature center admission. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, HOWARD POUSNER

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