Montana State University

Neff, Funk win award for film at Washougal International Film Festival

August 27, 2009


MSU professor Bill Neff, left, and composer Eric Funk, right, received the Medallion Award at the Washougal International Film Festival in Washougal, Wash. for the film, "Water's Handle Music." The film is based on an actual experience that happened to Funk. He and his music mentor, William P. Stalnaker, Jr., composed music in an unusual place. Photo courtesy of Bill Neff.   High-Res Available

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William Neff, film professor in the Montana State University School of Film and Photography, and Eric Funk, MSU adjunct instructor, received the Medallion Award at the Washougal International Film Festival in Washougal, Wash. for the film, "Water's Handle Music."

The film is based on an actual experience that happened to Funk, a noted composer and local musician, when he was an undergraduate. He and his music mentor, William P. Stalnaker, Jr., composed music in an unusual place.

Assisting in the film were the following members of the MSU and Bozeman community: Colette K. Campbell, producer; Trevor Henry, videographer; Justin Marshall Elias, original score; Jim Barker, jack-of-all-trades and editor, and Mary Neff, craft services.

The cast consisted of Funk, MSU student Nick Andrews and Greg Young, MSU vice provost.

Bill Neff (406) 994-6222, wneff@montana.edu