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Cancer documentary takes top honors at high school film fest

From a lump in the throat to laughter in the belly, the first Lakes Area Student Produced Film Festival at Detroit Lakes High School was a hit.

Ten student films were viewed and about a dozen judges scored each from 1 to 10. The winning film was Janaye Johnson's documentary on high school counselor's Janell Girodat battle with cancer. Johnson was awarded $100 for her film.

Arvig Communications Systems provided cash prizes for the top four finishers. Second place was a documentary on the area high schools' Day of Caring. It was produced by Angie Lindquist and Danica Maloney. They received $75.

Mark Schlossman received third place and $50 for his comedy "My Pet," in which he kisses his dog, which becomes a clone of himself. He teaches the dog to do his chores, his homework and dance. Unfortunately he didn't teach him to look both ways before crossing the road.

Fourth place -- and $25 -- went to Katie Mollberg and Dylan Archer for their comedy spoof on infomercials, "Sweatin' to the Oldies."

Other films shown at the festival included "Gymnastics," a documentary by Janaye Johnson; "Take Me with You," a music video by David Granlund; "More Tragic the Love," a love story by Heather Hewchuk and Chris Damlo; "Kiteboarding," a documentary by Mark Schlossman; "Survivor Boiz," a National Geographic special by Eddie Taylor and Jon Carter; "Tele-Vision," a science fiction film on the overuse of television by Tanner Michon, Kent Nelson and Jon Beaton.