We caught up with Thesis M.A. student Matt Cook while he was in the middle of an intense game of Scrabble at Donkey Coffee. After we so rudely interrupted, we got to talking about Matt's thesis and the research he's done so far. We discussed the representation of neo-Nazis in cinema and Clint Eastwood's attempt to make an anti-war film with American Sniper, and conversed about what makes documentaries like Blackfish so popular these days.
Story published by Ohio University; written by Emily Weaver.
In the late 1950s, Shao Fang Sheng and her husband began to build their dream home entirely by themselves. Both had been apprentices of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. For over 50 years the Shengs renovated and built additions to their house, never fully completing the project.
Director Weimin Zhang, an Ohio University Distinguished Alumna, tells the story of Shao Fang’s life and the Sheng’s iconic home in her 2000 documentary film, The House of Spirit. The documentary will be among a slate of films made by international alumni featured during OHIO’s International Alumni Reunion, April 15-18, 2015. The House of Spirit will be shown on Thursday, April 16 at The Athena Cinema.
Ohio University Film Professor Annie Howell and M.F.A. Film Student Natalie Hulla contribute their perspectives on the state of women in the film industry.
Story published by The Post; written by Meryl Gottlieb.
Natalie Hulla remembers looking around a screenwriting class during her junior year at Ohio University and realizing she was the only woman in the room.
“I thought, ‘This is odd,’” said Hulla, now a second-year graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts film production program. “I remember, I was usually one of the maybe two or three girls in my undergraduate film classes — that was always kind of very surprising for me. I didn’t really understand why. … I guess I’m so used to that gender disparity.”