RHS Graduate to Speak at 15th Annual Phantoscope Film Festival


RICHMOND, Ind. – A native of Richmond and 11 short films will be presented at an annual film festival at the Richmond Art Museum.

Cameraman Jessica Lakoff Cannon will speak Friday, April 22 at a live screening for the 15th Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival. The festival highlights 11 short films by young filmmakers from across the country, according to a press release.

Films that represent all genres and regions of the United States will compete for a cash prize of $1,000. A cash prize of $500 will also be awarded to the best Hoosier film.

Cannon will appear at the Friday night film screening and awards show which returns after a two-year absence from COVID. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. on April 22 in the Vivian Auditorium at Whitewater Hall on the Indiana University East campus, 2325 Chester Blvd.

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There will also be a Facebook premiere of all 11 films starting at 7 p.m. on April 23 on the Richmond Art Museum Facebook page, facebook.com/RichmondArtMuseum.

Cannon graduated from Richmond High School in 2001 and Purdue University in 2005 with a double major in film studies and telecommunications, according to the statement. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and began her career in film, rising from production assistant to film loader, second camera assistant, first camera assistant and now cameraman.

She has worked on productions such as “The Muppets”, “Django Unchained”, three films “Hunger Games”, “Crazy Stupid Love”, “Bombshell”, “Book Club”, “Goliath”, “Snowfall” and more recently “The Woman in the House Across from the Girl in the Window,” “Gaslit,” and “High Desert,” the statement read.

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The Phantoscope jury competition for high school students began in 2007 at RAM. It offers young filmmakers the opportunity to project films on the big screen in front of a live audience.

The event honors former Richmond resident C. Francis Jenkins. He created the first projection device which he called Phantoscope.


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