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‘Lake Loch Pond Monster’ Takes 1st Place In Cinema At Citygarden Competition

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“Lake Loch Pond Monster” is the creation of independent filmmaker Carolina Diz and actress and creator Brittany Zeinstra.
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Brittany Zeinstra (left) and Carolina Diz (right) are friends and co-creators of the short film, "Lake Loch Pond Monster."

The first-place winner of the biennial Cinema at Citygarden film competition, “Lake Loch Pond Monster,” is a charming 2½-minute animated fish tale that suggests there might be more joy in not catching the big one.

“I feel like that’s kind of the feeling that we might have all been feeling in the last year and a half — is the idea that we all need to pivot in some way or another,” said actress and co-creator Brittany Zeinstra.

“I’m an actor and I’m usually in theater onstage, and having to pivot in this last year and find other creative endeavors and also other ways to make money, it’s been a big challenge,” she said. “But knowing that you might not have to chase the great white whale all the time and there’s other dreams out there for you, I hope that that touches other people’s hearts.”

Zeinstra joined Monday’s St. Louis on the Air to discuss the film, which was inspired by the Lake of the Ozarks and a bit of Scottish folklore. Joining the discussion was her co-creator, independent filmmaker Carolina Diz, who is based in St. Louis.

Their work, alongside the other winners' short films, will debut on Citygarden’s video wall this Friday and then play on a loop daily through June 27.

The creators of ‘Lake Loch Pond Monster’ join St. Louis on the Air

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What: Cinema at Citygarden: A Biennial Filmmaking Competition with a Nature Theme
When: May 28-June 27
Where: 801 Market St., St. Louis 63101

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