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Movie awards honor student filmmakers

The third annual Boulder City Movie Awards featured an abundance of 1980’s movie memories as local high school students took home awards during the March 5 show held at the Boulder City High School theater.

The show featured re-enactments from “Footloose,” “Top Gun,” “Back to the Future” and the “Indiana Jones” series.

Awards were given out in 10 categories, including best film, best director, best actor and best actress.

Senior Amanda Mraz, who co-hosted the show, took home two awards, including the award for best actress.

Mraz said she had a severe cold about two days before the show but still wanted to host the event.

“Being sick during the show was like being the starter for the state championship game and being too ill to play. It felt as though I would have completely regretted it if I only ended up watching the show,” she said. “It is an experience that I will never regret as everyone from the cast to the audience was completely supportive and understanding of the situation.”

Sophomore Audrey Palumbo, who won awards for best short film and best sound, said she was surprised when she found out that her film, “Kathy,” was selected as the best.

“I really had no idea that our film would win. It was a great feeling knowing that my work was worth it and appreciated,” she said.

“Kathy,” a short film about a group of girls traveling up to Mount Charleston where murders take place, won four awards during the evening.

“I was happy with how our film turned out, but I really did not expect to win any awards, much less four. My film was a scary movie, and it was really relieving to find out that the judges and audiences viewed it as that,” Palumbo said.

“Coulrophobia,” was the evening’s other big winner as it also took home four awards, including best actor and actress. It tells the story of a young man who is afraid of clowns and how he overcomes his fear.

Mraz said she hopes the movie awards at Boulder City High will grow.

“I hope the future students will devote as much passion and hard work to the award show as I and several past students have had the honor of doing,” she said. “It is something I hope to see filling the seats of the theater.”

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1 BLOOMIN’ FUN: After winter rains, the desert surrounding Boulder City and throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area is in bloom. The southern end of the park has seen the most wildflowers. As temperatures warm, the flowers will begin to bloom in the northern parts.

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