Student film debuts at Ashland festival

Karl Sorenson’s short documentary “The Old Man of Crater Lake” has been named a finalist in the college undergrad category in the 19th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival’s Launch Student Film Competition.  

A student in the RCC Design + Digital Media program, Sorenson chose to shed light on a local story that he had grown up hearing. The Old Man of Crater Lake refers to a 30-foot hemlock stump that has been bobbing upright in Crater Lake for more than 100 years and has acquired a ghostly legend.  

Sorenson created the film for his Introduction to Video Production class using Adobe Premiere software. The class helps students prepare for a degree or career in design, digital arts, media or cinema. Students receive instruction in filmmaking including editing, cinematography, storytelling and direction along with film theory and critique. 

“It’s important for students to express themselves in the medium of film because it incorporates multiple art forms and multiple types of media in a storytelling package,” said RCC video instructor Matt Holben.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 19th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival will take place in a virtual format. For more about the festival, visit

All student films will be playing continuously from May 22 to June 14 and are free to all with no subscription necessary.  

The_Old_Man_of_Crater_Lake from Karl Sorenson on Vimeo.