by Jeremy Rogers
The doors to Pruis Hall will be opening tonight at 8 p.m. to welcome members of Ball State and the surrounding Muncie community free of charge to this year’s Frog Baby Film Festival.
The festival showcases short films and other short subject videos made by Ball State undergraduates. Genres can range from documentaries to music videos to narrative films and even extending to more experimental works. The theme for this year's submissions is "Rockabilly."
Thought the submissions are created by undergraduates, the festival’s judging panel is composed of professors and other faculty. They will be deciding the winners of categories ranging from Best Action, to Best Actor and Best Actress, to Best Editing and the top award of the night: Best of Festival. Last year’s Best of Festival winner was the short film Lightswitch. The film was written and directed by Nick Kinder and is about a man who finds an odd switch on the wall of the warehouse where he is working the night shift.
The festival gets its name from the Frog Baby statue that now stands in the middle of a fountain not far from the north-facing side of Bracken Library. The statue was created by Edith Barretto Sevens Parsons in 1937 and spent several years in the David Owsley Museum of Art. While there, students would rub the nose of the statue for good luck on final exams. Since being moved to its outdoor resting place, traditions have adapted, and students now give scarves and hats to the statue during the campus’ colder months.