PLNU Alum Win Sundance Film Festival Award

Sunday, March 1, 2009

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Department of Communication and Theatre

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Written by: Monica Rojas
Date: March 1, 2009

PLNU had a special interest in this year’s 25th Sundance Film Festival, as one of its very own alumni had his film selected in the short film category. But not only did Destin Daniel Cretton’s (PLNU ’01 alum) film Short Term 12 get selected to screen at the festival, but it won best short film. The category for the award was “U.S. Jury Prize” for short films.

The Sundance Film Festival is one of largest and most prestigious independent film festival in the world. Every year, thousands of submissions compete in seven different categories, four of which are judged by a jury. The films are then narrowed down to 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films and 80 short films. There were more than 5,600 submissions in Cretton’s category alone.

Short Term 12 follows a man named Denim, who works as a supervisor at a residential facility for teenagers. In the film, Denim is affected by the stories of the fifteen kids he supervises, and how their struggles in some ways mirror his own. Cretton, who is receiving his Master’s Degree in film at San Diego State University, produced the film as a Master’s project. The film’s crew included several other PLNU alumni, including Bekah Macias (‘06), Brad Kester (‘06), Jared Callahan (‘05), and Whitney Ball (‘05).

For more information and to view the “Short Term 12” trailer, visit its official website at