UNCSA School of Filmmaking offers free screenings of student films

by Mark Burger

If, after the RiverRun and Full Frame festivals, you’re still in a mood for movies, the UNCSA School of Filmmaking will present screenings of the third- and fourth-year students this Thursday and Friday in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem.

UNCSA graduate Jeff Nichols was this year’s Emerging Master recipient at the RiverRun International Film Festival (although, alas, a family emergency forced him to cancel his appearance), and fellow graduates Chad Hartigan and Zach Clark saw their latest features screened at RiverRun, This is Martin Bonner and White Reindeer respectively. Previous Emerging Master recipients with UNCSA ties have included David Gordon Green, Paul Schneider and Ramin Bahrani. Indeed, the maker of today’s UNCSA student film may well be the maker of tomorrow’s Hollywood blockbuster.

The third-year (junior class) films, which will be screened 7 p.m. Thursday, include:

After Air, a futuristic thriller that becomes a fight for survival, written by Adam Maitland, produced by Char-Lay Douglas and directed by Auggie Heschmeyer.

Baldwin, a young boy learns about life from his hi-tech robot (named Baldwin), written by Sam Newsome, produced by Ashlee Franklin and directed by Jeremiah Cullen.

Coming Out Vegan, in which the title (perhaps?) tells all, written by Auggie Heschmeyer, produced by Kaitlin Perry and directed by Adam Maitland.

Doppelganger, an existential thriller about identity, written by Justin Dean, produced by Josh Barker and Mitch Rumfelt, and directed by Thomas Haufe.

Fortune, for which no plot description is given, written by Zach Turner, produced by Adam Payton and directed by Preston Jeter.

Link, no plot description for this either, although it’s written by Austin Elliott and Alex Thompson, produced by Mitch Rumfelt and Josh Barker, and directed by Alex Thompson.

Street Lamp, a story of friendship’s ties — and how they fray over time, written by Noah Smith, produced by Brittany Brock and Zach Turner, and directed by Caitlyn Hemm.

Title Fight, no description given, written and directed by Ian Gullett, produced by Bernice Miller.

White Dough and Bear Claw, no description given but maybe it’s about baking(?), written by Wesley Broome and Micah Vassau, produced by Justin Hoover and directed by Peter Bowlin.

Wings, which (as far as we can tell) is not a remake of the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, written by Ryan Hibbett, produced by Tay Nikonovich and directed by Adam Perry.

The fourth-year (senior class) films, which will be screened 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, include:

Dead End, a latter-day crime drama with supernatural overtones, written by Greg Baker, produced by Gabrielle Lui and directed by Ted Russo.

Death and the Robot, a fantasy about two lonely people who embark on a remarkable journey, written and directed by Austin Taylor and produced by Julia Festa.

Death of Eurydice, which takes its title from the character in Greek mythology, written by Ryan Hibbett, produced by Katelin Perry and Brandon White, and directed by Gabriela Quiroz.

Gene, about which no plot description is given — but it probably isn’t about my favorite actor, written by Yotum Almor, produced by Nathan Fennell and directed by Andrew Nelson.

Heavy Petting, a marital parable with a feline twist, directed by Darren Hummel.

Man on the Hill, a story of life and death but with a twist of its own, written and directed by Gabrielle Russo and produced by Whitney Hill.

Old Souls, a fantasy about loss and forgiveness set in 1969, written by Sam Newsome and Alexander Thompson, produced by Julia Festa and directed by Ben Hall.

Parts, an intriguing variation on the Frankenstein theme, written and directed by Meredith Hannah.

Remy, no plot description is provided, although it’s written and directed by Andreas Guzman and produced by Brandon White.

The Virgins, the ongoing battle of the sexes takes an unexpected turn, written by Nicholas Rossano, produced by Whitney Hill and Zach Turner, and directed by Andy Rakich.

U-666, a German submarine from World War II is discovered in (of all places) the mountains of North Carolina, written by Wesley Broome, produced by Konstantin Sumtsev and directed by Jimmy Kelly.

What Remains, a couple’s decision to adopt a baby has an unexpected outcome, written and directed by Julie Zografos Koegel and produced by Julia Festa, Daniel Parra and Bernice Miller.

Admission to all screenings is free. Some student films may contain mature themes and adult language. Parental discretion is advised. For more information about this and other UNCSA events, visit the official website: