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Short film shot in Ecuador by Scripps students to screen Saturday at Athens Film Fest

Apr 9, 2014

A student team working on El Buen Vivir captures footage in Ecuador last summer. The film has been selected as part of the upcoming Athens International Film and Video Festival. / Photo provided.

Short film shot in Ecuador by Scripps students to screen Saturday at Athens Film Fest

ATHENS, Ohio (April 9, 2014)—One of the short documentaries being screened at the upcoming 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival is one of four short projects created by students from the Schools of Media Arts & Studies and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism during a winter break trip to Ecuador.

The documentary, El Buen Vivir, focuses on Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, and its struggles to provide proper housing for its burgeoning population.

“I’m very proud of all four projects, and especially pleased that El Buen Vivir is being honored by the Athens Film Festival with a screening,” said Frederick Lewis, an associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies and the director of the three-week Ecuador program. “These students accomplished a lot in a very compressed period of time.”

El Buen Vivir was produced by Sarah Volpenhien, John Householder, Christina Wang and Kam Harrah. Volpenhein was one of the very few Ohio University students who spoke Spanish and was able to communicate with the locals. College students from Quito worked with the Scripps College contingent to interpret and then transcribe many of the interviews.

The 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival will take place April 11-17 and features a full schedule of both locally and internationally produced films. El Buen Vivir will screen on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at The Athena on Court Street.

Watch all four documentaries created here.

-From staff reports