At the 2019 Golden Doorknob Awards on October 11 — marking 50 years since the inception of IC’s quirky short film festival — the winners included a short animated film where rocker Jim Morrison suffered a medication-related mishap and a live-action film where cellphones drive people mad.
A record-breaking 25 films were entered in the contest, which tasks students with making a five-minute film where something is “killed” by a doorknob. “Severance” by Jackson Bernhard ’22, Jordan Brown ’22 and Killian Gomeau ’22 took home first prize. “Jim Morrison’s Lament” by Casper Molina ’20 won for best animated film.
“As first time competitors, we didn’t fully understand what we were getting ourselves into, but we just put our best effort into it and tried to have a blast and we’re super excited with how the festival turned out,” Gomeau said.
Associate professor of media arts, sciences and studies Steve Gordon produced the awards show. He commented on the Golden Doorknob’s enduring legacy at IC before screening past winning entries.
“This experience was shared by so many of our former students, from Robert Iger to Associate Dean Rob Gearhart,” Gordon said. “There are literally hundreds of these quirky films in collections throughout the U.S.”