UNCSA School of Filmmaking showcases student films
The School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has rolled a lucky seven with its upcoming “Best of the School of Filmmaking” screening event, which takes place Feb. 9 in the ACE Exhibition Complex on the UNCSA campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public. It’s your chance to experience the work of tomorrow’s filmmakers on the big screen. The list of alumni that have gone on to successful Hollywood careers, both in the big-studio and independent forums, is an illustrious one: David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), Jeff Nichols (Loving), Brett Haley (The Hero), Craig Zobel (Compliance), Chad Hartigan (Morris from America), Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) and Martha Stephens (Land Ho!), to name just a few. It’s at the School of Filmmaking that they honed their skills and brought their creative talents to the fore.
There are seven films included in the “Best of the School of Filmmaking” event, made by second-, third-, and fourth-year students during the 2016-2017 school year. Many of the live-action films were shot in and around Winston-Salem, so audiences can enjoy seeing familiar local landmarks.
This selection of films consists of:
The Little Giraffe (animated and directed by Anna Kamaroff): A second-year animated short about a hungry giraffe who needs a little help to reach the leaves atop a tree.
The Patient (directed by Savannah Giselson, written by Kate St. Ogle and Marylea Wiley, produced by Moriah Hall and Charles Witosky): A third-year drama focusing on a closeted gay doctor whose secret and professional reputation is jeopardized by his relationship with one of his patients.
Iron (directed by Brian Ferenchik, written by Corey Graff, produced by Dorian Thomas and Shelby Tyre): This third-year film depicts an aging bodybuilder trying to reconcile the fantasy of his past accomplishments with the potential present (and future) offered to him by a free-spirited woman.
Redaction (directed by Tyler Holender, written by Jason Thomas, produced by Shelby Tyre and Emmilee Millhouse): This third-year fantasy sees a young man using a time-travel device to correct his past mistakes and create the perfect date for a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tin Man (directed by Nathan Knox, written by Shamus Sass, produced by Sass and Moriah Hall): A third-year drama in which a father-to-be struggles to overcome his grief and fear of becoming a father – especially a father like his own.
The Harem of Harry Javier (directed by Jared Sprouse, written by Graeme Pischke, produced by Darren Dai and Tom Coradini): A fourth-year comedy/fantasy about an imaginative teenager torn between the harem of women from his fantasies and a sassy new classmate.
Tethered (directed by Beth Fletcher, written by Fletcher and Chris Dold, produced by Ilayda Yigit and Lauren Henderson): A whimsical fourth-year comedy about the tempestuous teaming of a quirky inventor and the amateur pilot of a hot air balloon.
This event was curated by Susan Ruskin, School of Filmmaking Dean, who admitted it was difficult to select films for the 90-minute presentation because there was so much to choose from. “We are training storytellers to develop their unique voices and project them onto the screen,” she stated. “I am always amazed at the broad-ranging storylines, and I am constantly impressed by the creativity they bring to the task. It’s always hard to select the final program.”
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UNCSA’s “The Best of the School of Filmmaking” screening event takes place 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex, located on the UNCSA main campus: 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For information about this and all the goings-on at UNCSA, visit the official website: www.uncsa.edu.