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Film Area Student and Faculty Achievements


This year, The Dallas International Film Festival selected the films of three of our students to be screened at the North Texas College Showcase. Undergraduate students Jordan Price, and Brittany Ingram, were chosen to present their short films, Fourth and Orchard, and Acceptance. Graduate student Kight Haberer was chosen to present his film, A Neighborly Dinner. They were selected from hundreds of entries and shared the occasion with screenings from other North Texas student filmmakers. UTA was also well represented by the screening of Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith’s first feature length motion picture, Wolf, which garnered the Grand Jury Prize, Texas Competition in the festival.

The Student Film/Video Organization held its tenth annual Underexposed Film Festival in May at the theater in The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The festival was juried by award-winning professional filmmakers, and over a thousand dollars in cash prizes were awarded to students in several categories. Student Jordan Price won the best picture award, for his film, Fourth and Orchard. Price also won the best screenplay and best director honors, in addition to being named Outstanding Graduating Senior. Other winners included Robbie Curtis for best documentary film, Joseph Capps for best cinematography, Simon Fallavollita for best animated film, and Ian Schoonover for best film titles and video effects.

Graduate student Patty Newton premiered her short film PURSUIT at the 2012 Boston LGBT Film Festival. The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the longest running and largest LGBT media event in New England.

Preparations are underway for the renovation of our film studio this summer. Plans include construction of a green screen cyclorama, and a full workshop area that will support scenic design and construction for our new art direction class that premieres in the fall of 2012. The redesign of this space represents a significant commitment to providing first class facilities for students of the film/video program, and will include a mobile teaching workstation that will enable many of our classes to use the space, including our cinematography, and directing workshop.