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UNH Student Part of Team That Wins Bridgeport Film Competition

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7/19/2012 8:57 PM

July 19, 2012

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – A University of New Haven student from Bridgeport, Conn., was part of team that won one of the top prizes in the Home Sweet Bridgeport competition this summer.

John Kovalsky, a senior in the communication, theater and film program, and three of his friends worked on the award-winning production, a five minute documentary-style video that showcases how much Bridgeport has changed in recent years and how much emphasis the city puts on the arts. View the film here.

The video, screened during the Bridgeport Arts Fest on July 7, will be used to promote the City of Bridgeport. It was made by a production company called Luna Vigilo, of which Kovalsky is a co-founder.

The Bridgeport video won top prize in the jury selection category of the competition, part of the Bridgeport Arts Festival.

The Bridgeport film involved shooting at least four hours of footage and spending three or four days in the editing suite, Kovalsky said.

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Kovalsky (at far right), on the set

"All of us have worked on other projects before this one but this was the first project that all of us worked on together," he said. "UNH provided me with a lot of practical experience especially on shooting documentary-style videos and doing video interviews."

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John Kovalsky (second from left) with colleagues from Luna Viglio

Luna Vigilo has already been hired to work with a New Jersey producer to shoot a film and is working on its own short video about a man who is finding his environment changing. He is coping with a loss of control and trying to accept what he can't change, said Kovalsky, who is working this summer in UNH's media services department.

Also part of Luna Vigilo are Valerie Ocana of Waterbury, Conn. and Jarrod Figueiredo of Fairfield, Conn., both former residents of Bridgeport and Bruce Stern of Fairfield.

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