Screening of Student Films: Three new films produced by student teams on a diversity of topics
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present a screening of three new short documentaries created by students on Friday, January 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
The films to be screened were created by students in a fall undergraduate course, “Documentary Filmmaking,” taught by filmmaker Emily Abt.
The student films to be premiered are:
Lost Boy, an intimate look into the life of a young man struggling to find his way out of the world of drugs and violence that traps both him and his family, was directed and produced by Rana Campbell with Sandra Fong ’13 as cinematographer and editor, and Shaina Watrous as co-producer and gaffer.
Battle for the Field chronicles Princeton, a town steeped in both history and academia as it fights over land important to both sectors. The film was directed and edited by Brady Valashinas with Thomas Gibbons serving as cinematographer and producer and Lynse Cooper as sound recordist and gaffer.
Moo, a story of “the strongest little girl you'll ever meet, and her biggest fan... her Tiger Family ,” was directed and produced by Christina Maida with Eric Traub as cinematographer and editor and Adam Locher serving as gaffer and sound recordist.
“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 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.
Link to photos: https://lca.sharefile.com/d/s6f4ada7765a46a1b
Photo caption: Stills from the short films Lost Boy, Battle for the Field, and Moo produced by students in a “Documentary Filmmaking” course at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts to be screened on January 18.
Photo credits: Student filmmakers