Burlington, Vt. college student wins big at Cannes film competition

Published On: Jun 06 2013 11:17:05 AM HST

A short film that cleaned up at a film competition in Cannes, France, was written and produced by a Burlington College student.

The film, "One Day," is a story of a homeless man and wealthy fellow who spend a night out on the town together.

"We liked the idea of colliding the two to show that they are equal people, even though they are in different wealth brackets," said DeWolfe Morrow. "It was kind of like to tear that barrier down and really show that people are just people."

The Montpelier native and his team, mostly strangers he met in France during the the contest, had one week to write, shoot and edit the movie.

"At first I was like, 'Oh God, we only have a week to do this and we don't even have actors,'" Morrow said.

After recruiting the talent, they used two cameras, a microphone and a few innovative techniques to get it just right.

"There's one scene where we just kind of downloaded some police-light apps and just kind of flashed them on the actors which didn't come out great, but I guess it worked," Morrow said.

The judges must have thought so because the film picked up most of the awards for the competition.

"It got Best Editing, Best Script, Kevin Pinkney, who played the homeless man, got Best Actor and it got Best Picture overall," said Morrow.

Back at home, Burlington College staff couldn't be more proud.

"I think you could hear the cheers throughout the town of Burlington, we were so happy for Wolfie and the team," said Stephen St. Onge, dean at the school.

Morrow, who's heading into his senior year, hopes to be a professional filmmaker one day. 

To see the full "One Day" film: https://www.burlington.edu/cannes


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