Michelle Ba-Rocks Merced

You might want to ask why I thought it was a good idea to make the five-hour drive to Merced, or why I thought it was cool to be up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday for press credentials, or why I didn’t chicken out after hearing I’d need to be on the field for three hours before the event even started, or why I didn’t turn back after sitting in the media pit, drinking hot water and watching my skin sizzle toward a third-degree burn.

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Vietnamese Come to the Screen

On the surface, an amateur rugby player, an aspiring college student and a hitman may not have a lot in common. One could blow a game play, one may blow his chance to get into college and the last might just blow your head off. Yet these different roles represent the diverse spectrum of protagonists whose stories were told at the fourth edition of the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF).

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Sweet Victory Awaits at Midnight

Student film group Midnight Society beat out Incredulous Marshmallow Productions and Porkchop Sandwiches among others to take home best picture in the 5th Annual 24-Hour Mad Film Dash. Hosted by the UC Irvine Computerstore, the event gives students the chance to write, produce and direct their own short films. The competition had a large turnout with 50 films; 25 of the films were screened at the festival.

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24 hour Mad Film Dash

With 15 minutes until midnight on Friday, Feb. 20, 76 groups of UC Irvine students began filling the grassy amphitheater located near the ArtsTEC Lab in the Claire Trevor School of Arts. As the high level of energy and exclamations of excitement echoed through the halls of the arts center, there was no hint that students were about to endure 24 hours of exhausting and extensive work.

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