Jean Chery, a senior from Montville majoring in Communication, won the top award in the Campus Movie Festival (CMF) for his film "Reflections." Reflections is about a young girl dealing with the loss of her boyfriend who died in a fatal car accident. Throughout the film, the young girl reminisces about the good times they had. In the end, she understands that even though he's gone, they will always be together through reflection.
"Jean was in my field production class a couple of years ago," said Associate Professor of Communication Andrew Utterback. "He is an excellent videographer. His work is thoughtful and careful -- he is thinking through the viewfinder. Jean has matured into a very talented filmmaker."
"I've always had a passion for film, said Chery, a senior member of the News22 group. "Whether it's being a camera man or editing footage, creating stories is a true passion of mine. Campus Movie Fest was the perfect opportunity for me to show what I had learned during my time at Eastern. I hope to continue to do it as a professional."
Chery credits his success to Utterback and as Denise Matthews, associate professor of communication. "Both professors have given me great filming advice since I arrived at Eastern four years ago. It wasn't until the film was finished that I realized how far I've come as a student. I am truly thankful for their advice and support throughout my years at Eastern." Winning the award gives Chery the opportunity to participate in the CMF Hollywood Festival this summer in California. To see "Reflections," visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKHc6T1eTc.