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April 12, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — "Thru Traffic," a short film from independent filmmaker and Bucknell alumnus Joshua Cuppett, will be screened as part of the Amazon Theater / Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Competition.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its fourth year, the Festival's mission is to create platforms for filmmakers to reach the best and broadest possible audience for their work.

"Thru Traffic" will appear along with short films produced by both independent filmmakers and Hollywood studios. All the films will be voted upon by viewers from the Internet.

"Thru Traffic" is told using true-life footage taken during Cuppett's cross-country move from Pennsylvania to California following commencement in the summer of 2004.

Cuppett was joined by graduate student and fellow Bucknellian Mark Chiboroski and Penn State doctoral candidate Joe Jones. The film features Cuppett's parents and brother as well.

"With over 19 hours of footage, the most difficult part was deciding how to present the material in a concise film," said Cuppett, the film's director and editor. "I believe the final result captures the mania we experienced during the trip."

"Mobius," Cuppett's recent film about a rainstorm in southern California, was chosen as one of the Top Five films and awarded Best Use of Props in the recent 24 Hour Mad Film Dash at UC Irvine. The 35 competing teams were given a prompt and 24 hours to complete a five-minute film.

Cuppett, who graduated from Bucknell University in 2004 with dual degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics, and a minor in sociology, is enrolled at the University of California Irvine pursuing a doctoral degree in chemical engineering.

Chiboroski, who also graduated in 2004 from Bucknell with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in economics, is enrolled in Bucknell's master's degree program in chemical engineering.

Jones, a 2001 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in chemical engineering, is a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at Penn State University.

Visit http://www.amazon.com from April 15 to May 20 and enter the Screening Room to view the films and vote.

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