Journey for Jenna
by Molly Meadows
When Eric Mortinson’s family traveled to China to adopt a baby girl in 2006, he brought along his video camera to capture the union.
The resulting documentary, Journey for Jenna, led to a trip to Los Angeles this fall for Mortinson, a cinema and media communication major. At the annual Reel Spirituality/Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) Film Awards, the film won the Best Documentary award and was screened at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles on Oct. 28. Mortinson, a junior from Rogue River, Ore., accepted a $500 award.
Mortinson edited 10 hours of footage into the 12-minute film. Journey for Jenna also won Best Documentary at the university’s Fox Film Festival last spring.
He is currently working on another documentary with his brother and fellow classmate, Steven. The film, which chronicles the life of a homeless person, is scheduled to premiere at the Fox Film Festival in early April.
After graduation Mortinson plans to work in the Portland area making feature-length documentaries and independent films.
The Reel Spirituality/LAFSC Film Awards honors works created by emerging filmmakers who attend a Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) school and those who create films and videos for ministry contexts.
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