MU alumnus Jon Abrahams' film is Canon contest finalist

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 7:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:14 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU alumnus Jon Abrahams is one of 20 film director finalists in Canon's "Project Imaginat10n" short film contest, the company said.

The contest, run by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, called for up-and-coming filmmakers to create short films inspired by several photographs crowdsourced by Canon. The finalists were announced this week.

Abrahams, 32, of Virginia Beach, Va., shot his film, "Will Power", in two days on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, said Kristin Turner of the public relations firm Grey New York, which represents Canon, in an email.

The nine-minute film is about an isolated boy who discovers his hidden powers, which are fueled by emotion.

Abrahams, who graduated from MU in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in photojournalism, works as the creative director and owner of digital production shop Jpixx LLC, Turner said. The company's film "In Captivity" won the 48 Hour Film Project and was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, she said.

Howard and his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, will narrow the "Project Imaginat10n" finalists to five winners, which will be announced next month, the release said.

Abrahams' film, as well as those of the other finalists, can be viewed at

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