UNCSA’s “magnificent seven”
On Sept.22, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking will present a special selection of its best and brightest student films in the ACE Exhibition Complex in Winston-Salem. Given that these films were shot in and around the Piedmont Triad, audiences will undoubtedly recognize some familiar landmarks and locations – to say nothing of the quality of work by these up-and-coming filmmakers.
Just recently, the film school was recognized by two leading industry publications. The Hollywood Reporter ranked it at 14th place for the third in a row, and MovieMaker magazine placed it on its list of top 40 schools (listed alphabetically).
“The quality of our student work is astounding,” stated Susan Ruskin, School of Filmmaking Dean, who curated the film selection. “It is very difficult to select just 90 minutes’ worth. The good news is we will present a second 90-minute screening in February, so we can showcase more of the excellent work by our students and their faculty mentors.” (The second showcase is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018.)
Seven shorts were selected for this presentation, which is free and open to the public.
The fourth-year student selections are Coffee: An Opera, a three-story musical vignette set in a neighborhood coffee shop, written by Anthony Jenkins, produced by Peyton Marion and Marty McCarthy, and directed by Edward Loupe; Shades, a two-character piece set in a small-town gas station one (seemingly) uneventful night, produced by Jason Thomas and Addison Sharp, written and directed by Dri Damasceno; and Supernova, a light-hearted, animated sci-fi fantasy featuring 3-D models by Isaac Phillips-London, produced by Marty McCarthy, directed by Gavin Lankford and Alek Kosinski.
The third-year student selections are Miner Difficulties, an animated sci-fi romp in which two robots compete for the same resources, directed and animated by Scott Smoot; and Where Mothbloods Bloom, a drama about two disillusioned souls who connect, written by Grant Conversano (who also directed) and Kevin Cutrara, produced by Dorian Thomas and Cutrara.
The second-year student selections are Mouth to Mouth, a comedy about a lifeguard whose attempts to impress the girl of his dreams are thwarted by a precocious child, written and directed by Nicholas Dardes, produced by Stacia Bohnert and Dardes; and Sight, a twisty thriller about two men tapped to clean up two bodies at a crime scene, only to discover a third, written by Brian Sheehan, produced by Katie Sanderson and Mike Rodway, directed by Aidan Weaver.
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The UNCSA School of Filmmaking will screen its student films 7 p.m. Friday in the ACE Exhibition Complex, located on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For more information about this and other UNCSA events, call 336.721.1945 or visit the official website.