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Three Screenings from VIS 264 — Narrative Filmmaking taught by Emily Abt

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present new work in a film screening on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart  ̓32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Students from the spring course, entitled “Narrative Filmmaking,” will present three new short films completed during the past semester. The screening is free and open to the public and is followed by a public reception.

The screening will feature three, ten-minute narrative films created in “Narrative Filmmaking,” a studio course taught by Lecturer in Visual Arts and filmmaker Emily Abt. Over the duration of the semester, students brought original scripts to life in collaboration with actors and production crews. The student films to be premiered on May 10 are: 

Eugenix follows Riley as she navigates the social waters of college life despite a secret that prevents her from being herself—until she meets Logan, a boy who teaches her that there is more to a person than his or her genes. Eugenix was written and directed by Michaela Karis  ̓14, with Madeline Cohen '16 as producer, Chukwunonso Okwelogu  ̓15 as cinematographer and Sandra Fong  ̓13 as editor.

A still from the film OC Davey.

In OC Davey, the universe throws together messy, free-spirited Annabel and obsessive-compulsive Davey, causing them to learn that life is not as crazy and random as it seems. The film was written and directed by Michael Cummings  ̓14, with Chukwunonso Okwelogu  ̓15 as producer, Sandra Fong  ̓13 as cinematographer and Jamie Ding  ̓13 as editor.

Outside the Lines tells the story of Aisha as she explores her sexuality for the first time, only to find herself torn between the conservative Muslim world she knows and the frighteningly new one in front of her. Outside the Lines was written and directed by Natasha Japanwala  ̓14, with Sandra Fong  ̓13 as producer, Alexandria Perry  ̓13 as cinematographer and Michaela Karis  ̓14 as editor. 

A still from the film Outside the Lines.

Abt, who began teaching at Princeton in 2009, was selected as one of Variety magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch,” and is an award-winning filmmaker dedicated to creating fiction and documentary 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.

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Link to photos:
Photo caption: Still from the short film Eugenix to be screened on May 10.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of student filmmakers

Event Information

May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

James M. Stewart '32 Theater 
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Reception to follow

Screening and reception are free and open to the public


A still from the film Eugenix.




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