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Recent CSUSB graduates named finalists in CSU Media Arts Festival

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Three recent Cal State San Bernardino graduates have been announced as finalists in the 29th California State University (CSU) Media Arts Festival, which gives CSU students a chance to screen their work for peers and industry professionals.
The finalists, who worked on the segment called Death Taco Challenge, are: Cesar Chanon, communication studies with a concentration in media studies; Julia Anne Davis, communication studies with a concentration in public relations; and Amanda Romero, communication studies with a concentration in media studies.
The segment was created as part of Local Matters, a community affairs, student-produced television program made in the practicum course COMM 444A.
The segment features the restaurant Genkiyaki in Riverside, Calif., and its “Death Taco Challenge,” which requires participants to eat three extremely spicy tacos. There is no time to beat – just finishing the fiery tacos is required.
Chanon, who produced and edited the segment, said being a finalist has been “humbling.”
“I wasn’t expecting that a video I did for a class project would make it this far into a competition, especially one that involves all the CSUs,” he said. “I put a lot of time and effort into producing this short story and I’m just really happy people enjoy it.”
A total of 31 finalists were selected for the CSU Media Arts Festival, which represent 10 of the 23 CSUs. The CSU received entries from 16 campuses.
The CSU Media Arts Festival will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. The event will include activities, a finalist screening and awards ceremony.
Visit the CSU Media Arts Festival website to learn more.

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