More film festival successes for Alexandar Gaeta’s undergraduate thesis film, Shoot The Moon, recently admitted to the prestigious Stony Brook Film Festival in New York.  Our own Film Coordinator Derek Horne, mastermind behind much of Chapman’s successful film festival campaign, was invited by the film’s creatives to attend the event. [-JP]

Shoot the Moon received its 10th award last month when it screened at the Stony Brook Film Festival in New York.  Director Alexander Gaeta and Producer Missy Laney were invited to attend but were too busy, so the festival generously paid for my flight to New York and lodging so that I could be there for the awards ceremony on Saturday, July 28th. Lead actress Pamela Bowen was on hand to receive the trophy and participate in a Q&A after the screening on Thursday, July 26th.


Here are some photos of the cast and friends at the event:

The Stony Brook Film Festival takes place on the Long Island campus of Stony Brook University in New York. They have a gorgeous 1000-seat theater with a gigantic 40 foot wide screen in their Staller Center for the Arts.  Out of hundreds of short film submissions, they only selected a dozen short films, screening one short film before each feature film. So it was an honor to have two Chapman student films (Election Day and Shoot the Moon) selected for their festival this year.

Note to those who want to submit their film to the festival next year, you don’t have to pay an entry fee and the festival generously provides filmmakers with free lodging and sometimes a travel stipend.

Shoot the Moon is screening next month at the Academy-accredited Los Angeles Int’l Short Film Festival. If it wins an award at this festival, then the film would be eligible for Oscar-nomination consideration.

That is the 8th Academy-accredited festival to select Shoot the Moon. (Austin, Bermuda, Clermont-Ferrand, Cleveland, Encounters, Rhode Island, Krakow, and LA Shorts). To see all the film festivals that have screened Shoot the Moon, visit their website at

I was proud to represent the talented Chapman film program and look forward to doing so again!  Good luck to all our students this season!