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ITHACA, N.Y. –  Ithaca College student Clara Montague of Lansing, N.Y., was named as the winner of the competitive Coca-Cola and Regal Film Program. Her 35-second film, “The Library,” will screen at Regal Cinemas across the country this summer. Montague made the film with fellow student Eva Kirie.

“The Library” was chosen by a Red Ribbon panel comprising representatives from Coca-Cola, Regal, EFILM Digital Laboratories and others in the entertainment industry based on the creativity, creative fit and entertainment value of the film. As winners, Kirie and Montague will receive a Red Raven camera kit, while Ithaca College will receive a Red Epic-W 8K S35 camera.

The winners of the competition were announced at the CinemaCon film convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Kirie and Montague were in attendance. They were presented with their award by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind Academy Award-nominated films like “Get Out” and “Whiplash.”

“I couldn’t even believe it,” said Kirie. “It’s a dream come true. It means so much to us as aspiring filmmakers.”

Montague said she was confident but nervous before the winners were announced. “Eva’s hand is probably a little hurt because I squeezed it so hard,” she said.

Filmed at Ithaca College and Regal Stadium 14 in Ithaca, “The Library” features a student studying in a library when he receives a notification about a new movie release on his phone. When he calls out to invite a friend to the movie, total strangers pop up inviting themselves along.

“To win this contest is a huge honor for Eva and Clara – but to win it as first-year students in competition with top graduate film programs just sums up what makes the Park School great,” said the school’s dean, Diane Gayeski. “We treat our students as young professionals and they rise to the occasion – with much encouragement and coaching to back them up.”

Kirie and Montague partnered with a crew from the school’s Park Productions and Park Media Lab Director Carol Jennings to complete the film. “I cannot stress enough that this was a team effort and we could not have done this without their help and support,” Kirie said.

Featured image courtesy of Ryan Miller: Eva Kirie and Clara Montague with film producer Jason Blum at CinemaCon. 

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.