The thesis film of 2013 MFA grad Mariah Dunn, The Healing Power of Art, kicks off its festival run Saturday at the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival in Hood River, Oregon. The film will then be screened at the Loft Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona, the Sun & Sand Film Festival in Biloxi, Mississippi in November, and the Bolderlife Film Festival in Denver, Colorado in early December. Dunn has submitted the film to other festivals, so stay tuned for more dates to come.
The 36th annual Carolina Film & Video Festival, to be held February 26 through March 1, has issued a call for entries in three contests leading up to the festival. CFVF is holding a contest for the best logo design, a parody of a feature movie or trailer – shot entirely on a cell phone, and the official CFVF trailer. The contests will give students a chance to leave their creative mark on UNCG, as well as to earn all-access passes to the festival.
Email Keith Barber with questions.
CFVF Logo Contest
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013
We are looking to revamp the logo for the Carolina Film & Video Festival, so we’re holding a contest for Best Logo Design to promote the 2014 Carolina Film & Video Festival, which runs Feb. 26 – March 1 at the Elliott University Center Auditorium.
To Submit: Email document in PDF form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will have their design featured on all CFVF promotional materials [posters, flyers, postcards, etc.] The new logo will be projected on the big screen throughout CFVF and the winner will receive an all-access pass to the festival.
1st annual UNCG Cellphone Video Competition
DEADLINE: Jan. 3, 2014
1. Use ONLY CELLPHONES to produce short film.
2. Video run time should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
3. Music/sound effects may be added in editing.
4. NO LICENSED MUSIC (use only royalty-free music)
5. Include title of original feature film in parentheses after title of video – Ex: “The Rawk” (The Rock)
6. Content must be G-RATED (no drug use, pornography, cursing, or illegal behavior)
1. Upload video to YouTube
2. Email YouTube link to: email@example.comSelect films will be screened throughout the Carolina Film and Video Festival, which will be held at the Elliott University Center Auditorium Feb. 26 — March 1! The winning film will be shown at the CFVF Awards on March 1! (Winners also get to make the “welcome” video for the CFVF Awards with professional equipment!) Filmmakers will receive all-access passes to CFVF 2014.
1st Annual Official CFVF Trailer contest
DEADLINE: Jan. 19, 2014
1. Video run time should 30 seconds to 1:30.
2. Short film can be shot on any device in any format.
3. NO LICENSED MUSIC (use only original or royalty-free music)
4. Content must be G-RATED (no drug use, pornography, cursing, or illegal behavior)
5. The official CFVF logo must be incorporated into the trailer.
6. All genres are acceptable.
1. Upload video to YouTube
2. Email YouTube link to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winning entry will be shown throughout CFVF 2014 prior to the start of each feature film and block of short films. Filmmakers will receive all-access passes to CFVF 2014.
What better way to balance the study of film than with the study of food? Even better, international food from such exotic locations as Africa, Italy, Spain… and the Carolina Lowcountry.
Media Studies professor Anthony Fragola has helped organize a conference sponsored by UNCG’s Atlantic World Foodways to take place January 30 through February 2, 2014 in Greensboro. Food scholars will present their work and a slate of leading chefs will cook, for an experience that will educate through the exploration of transatlantic foodways.
Conference information and registration here.
Independent filmmaker Nathan Ives visited Dr. Frierson’s MFA thesis class this morning, teasing the class with the first fifteen minutes of his comedy, “It’s Not You, It’s Me.” Fortunately, students and other members of the public can see the film in its entirety tonight or tomorrow night at Geeksboro Coffeehouse and Cinema.
Ives, an Asheville native, has lived in Los Angeles since the 1990s, writing screenplays and playing music. In 2011, he optioned a screenplay to Andrew Lauren Co. (The Squid and the Whale), and is now circulating his new film. He wrote, directed and produced “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” which stars Ross McCall, Joelle Carter, Vivica A. Fox and Beth Littleford.
The film is branded “a serious relationship comedy,” and features the main characters battling their inner demons as they navigate the next step in their relationship. Those “demons” though, are not so scary when embodied by charming actors armed with engaging banter.
Haute-Lifestyle calls it a “sleeper film with potential for a solid run.” Check it out, tonight or Tuesday.
Who knew mental hygiene could be so much fun?
A program to be presented by Dr. Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer will reflect the revolutionary spirit of the ‘70s through 16mm shorts. The films will screen on Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on the UNCG campus.
“I’ve seen several of these shows over the past fifteen years,” said Professor Brett Ingram. “They are entertaining and fun, as well as thought-provoking and educational.”
Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks in Raleigh) has a collection of over 25,000 ephemeral 16mm film prints, mostly educational “mental hygiene” films from the 50s, 60s, 70s.
Dr. Marsha Gordon is a professor of film studies at NC State and is co-editor of Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States.
The screening will last about an hour followed by a discussion with Gordon and Elsheimer.
See the flyer.
A UNC media studies grad is writing interesting reviews of academic books for Slant Magazine.
Clayton Dillard, currently a doctoral student in English and Screen Studies at Oklahoma State University also has a book review forthcoming in The Journal of American Culture. His Slant reviews are available here:
Back in 1999, David Rothley was an MFA student in the Creative Writing program at UNCG, when he decided to try his hand at screenwriting. He fell in love with the work and went on take three screenwriting classes at UNCG, studying with Professors Barr and Fragola.
Rothley then headed out to LA to study screenwriting at USC, one of the top film schools in the world, where he earned his second MFA.
After years of hard work trying to get a script produced, Rothley hit paydirt. He was asked to polish a script and ended up rewriting the screenplay for “The Million Dollar Date,” a feature film with a $3 million budget. The drama is in pre-production and will star Tom Sizemore, who played opposite Tom Hanks in “Saving Private Ryan.” Rothley has been hired by the independent production company to remain on the set as the film is shot this fall.
Rothley is thrilled to watch his work being brought to life on set in Los Angeles, as well as on location in Texas and Miami.