Arzola and Guyton Win Kia Motors Competition

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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By: Kattie Parsons  

Lee University freshman Axel Arzola and Lee alumnus Chad Guyton were recently announced as the winners of Kia Motors Music Video competition. The competition required entrants to submit a 90-second music video to the song "In My Mind" by Axwell. The grand prize was a brand new 2013 Kia Soul.

Finalists were chosen through online voters. Applicants were encouraged to promote their video on a variety of social media sites while voting was open through Oct. 4. Once voting ended a panel of judges chose the winners. This panel included members of the band Far East Movement and directors Mickey Finnegan and Paul Hunter.

Arzola, a native of Cuba, recently moved to Cleveland, Tenn. in order to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker as a telecommunications major. He has had many other successes including having one of his short films screened in the Havana Film Festival.  

"I like the craziness on set," said Arzola. "You don't get to think, you just go. I love the creativity that goes along with that."

Guyton graduated from Lee in 1999 with a degree in communications. While at Lee he was a part of the original Voices of Lee ensemble and a member of Upsilon Xi.

Currently Guyton works at the Church of God Headquarters as the Coordinator of Media. Additionally, he serves as the creative director for 5:01 Studios, a production company also based in Cleveland, Tenn.

"Working with all of the kids was exciting and challenging," said Guyton. "We only had about four hours to shoot the video, but it ended up being very rewarding."

The duo is excited about this award and hopes to do more work together in the future. Both hope to move forward into filmmaking.

To view Arzola and Guyton's winning video visit

To learn more about Lee University's Department of Communication Arts call 423-614-8341.

PHOTO CAPTIONS: Arzola and Guyton are pictured here hard at work editing and then later, taking a short break.