Locally made short films showcased at RED Cinemas
In an effort to highlight the work being done by independent filmmakers in the area, the Triad Film Collaborative has teamed up with the Greenboro 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) and SV2 Studios to present the premiere of SV2 Studios’ new film Someday and the “Best of Triad Short Films” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at RED Cinemas in Greensboro.
“We view this as a chance to showcase the resurgent Triad Film Community and begin regular events like this to showcase local films,” said filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren, the founder of SV2 Studios and the creator of Someday.
“I’m newly appointed to the Piedmont Triad Film Commission (PTFC) and charged with building area independent production community, efforts and visibility.”
Van Vuuren, whose documentary In Saturn’s Rings enjoyed its world premiere at the 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, has long been a tireless proponent of the filmmaking contingent in the Triad.
“Indie filmmaking in the Triad is experiencing a resurgence to levels exceeding anything in the past,” he said. “After the devastating losses of filmmakers and crew several years back when the state scrapped the incentive program and added HB2 to the mix, filmmaking across the state took a huge hit, including the Triad.”
Rather than discourage or dissuade local filmmakers, van Vuuren observed just the opposite.
“Curiously, after this ‘culling,’ the filmmakers that remain are proving to be more resilient, passionate, and committed to collaboration and growth than ever before,” he said. “The 48 Hour Film Project began growing after years of decline, (and) the Triad Film Collaborative was born two years ago, and has grown from a handful of folks to a couple of hundred active members, regularly involved in making films all year long.”
According to van Vuuren, the films selected for this presentation are “all 100% created and made in the Triad. This presentation is a great snapshot – a state of where we are and where we want to go.
“The plunging cost of ‘Netflix-approved’ cameras and software means the real distribution model is becoming accessible to a broad geographic region. Instead of the old story of ‘move to Hollywood if you are serious,’ the changing world means we can grow a true film industry, home to both art films and commercial production right here in the Triad.”
The event includes trailers from Triad-based films, including writer/producer/director Jaysen Buterin’s Killing Giggles, director Bobby Pimentel’s Sessions, The Prayer starring Heidi McIver and Michael Tourek, and van Vuuren’s aforementioned In Saturn’s Rings.
The short films selected for this presentation include writer/director/editor Olivia Mathai’s Chloe & Nancy, starring Samantha Hawkins; Sandman, written, produced and directed by Benjamin West; Escaping Demons, directed by Richard Clabaugh (hey, I know him!); writer/director Peter Bodin’s How May I Help You? starring Peter Bodin and Gabriel Tufano; Get Bent, winner of the Best Film Award at the 2016 Greensboro 48HFP; Pierre Poulet, another Greensboro 48HFP award-winner, directed by Mark Wagoner and Mickey Flynn (I know him, too!); Split Second, directed by Kristen Cubbage and Phillip Lehn; van Vuuren’s 2016 short Return, which screened at that year’s RiverRun Film Festival and for which Sheila Duell won Best Leading Woman at the 2016 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival; and the aforementioned Someday, which was written and directed by van Vuuren.
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“The Best of Triad Short Films” program will be screened at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at RED Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave., Greensboro. Tickets are $10. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.230.1620 or visit the RED Cinemas website. You can also check out the event’s official Facebook page.