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Screening of Student Documentaries:
Three new short films produced by students on a diversity of topics

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will premiere three short documentary films produced by students in a fall course in documentary filmmaking on Friday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The course was led by award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt, named by Variety magazine as one of the “Top 10 Directors to Watch.” The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The films to be screened were created by students in a fall undergraduate course, “Documentary Filmmaking,” which introduced the aspiring filmmakers to documentary film and video production with a special emphasis on the practical challenges of producing films in the real world. Abt teaches fundamental filmmaking techniques and invites a handful of guest professionals to lecture on the fields of cinematography, casting, and editing.

The student films to be premiered are:

drum setIn the Plaid documents the Princeton University Band bringing its unique brand of merriment and mirth to the Homecoming football game. Angeline Jacques directs, with Parinda Wanitwat serving as director of photography, Sara Sadri as audio designer, and Natalie Gasparowicz as editor.

woman and childHey Jude, the story of a family that almost wasn't, shows how the Taxeras take a sad song and make it better. The film was directed and produced by Margaret Craycraft with Erisa Apantaku serving as co-producer, sound recordist, and colorist; Pelin Asa as cinematographer;  and Najia Zahir as editor. Music is by Kyle Swensen.

student crowdEllipses, a record of Princeton students sharing their stories through the power of slam poetry, was directed and produced by Jack Thornton with Lydia Cornett as cinematographer and Chanyoung Park as editor. Special thanks goes to Felix Rietmann.

“It’s been an honor to witness the emerging talent of my students,” notes Abt. “Filmmaking is a kinetic art form, one has to do it in real time to understand it. These students have bravely plunged into the making of their own films and in doing so, are learning their lessons through experience. In the words of the great filmmaker Robert Bresson, they are also, ‘making visible what might perhaps never have been seen.’”

Abt is dedicated to creating fiction and documentary film projects with social-issue themes. She has produced documentaries for Showtime, PBS, the OWN Network, MTV and the Sundance Channel. Recent narrative projects include True To The Game, a screen adaptation she penned based on the New York Times bestseller, and Audrey’s Run, a political thriller starring Paula Patton that Abt wrote and will direct.

 

Link to photos: https://lca.sharefile.com/d/s0a0700f3c67429f9
Photo caption 1: A scene from Ellipses, a documentary film produced by Princeton students in a fall “Documentary Filmmaking” course at the Lewis Center, in which Princeton students share their stories through the power of slam poetry
Photo credit 1:  An image from the film
Photo caption 2: A scene from In the Plaid, a documentary film produced by Princeton students in a fall “Documentary Filmmaking” course at the Lewis Center about the Princeton University Band bringing its unique brand of merriment and mirth to the Homecoming football game.
Photo credit 2:  An image from the film

Event Information


Friday, January 17, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Reception to follow
James M. Stewart ’32 Theater

Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street


Free and open to the public

 

 

 

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