On March 26, the Film Division had the pleasure to screen Eminent Scholar Rajko Grlic’s world-renown and multiple award-winning film, The Constitution, to christen the school’s new 4K projection system. Steve Ross, the Director of the Film Division, started the screening with a heartfelt and witty introduction. And, after the showing, there was a lively Q&A with Grlić, and the film’s co-writer, Ante Tomić.
This past year, four Ohio University Film Division students took an unusual route for their thesis projects. Instead of individual short films Daniel Diaz Aguera, Dustin Jenkins, Semih Bedir, and Shahriar Shafiani combined efforts to create one feature length film - Departure.
Amy Jenkins' Instructions on Parting won the Feature Documentary prize at the 45th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival.
“My hope is that my films give the audience a sense of the sublime - a combination of great terror and awe,” says Kraning. Her films are a textural, sensual, exploration of the forces of man and nature - where they merge, and where they diverge.
Iranian filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh brought her debut feature film, They, to the Athens International Film and Video Festival this week. The film features the story of a young transexual ‘J’, who uses the pronoun ‘they’, and their family as they all prepare for J’s sexual reassignment surgery. It is an intimate portrait of the group, examining their daily lives and relationships without great fanfare.
Keckler’s performance - a combination of live musicianship and screened work - danced between comedy, commentary, and communion. He wowed the crowd with his operatic prowess as he examined such subjects as internet fandom and the effects of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
There are many sayings that the elders use to explain the tradition of Ala kachuu, or take and flee, or as I knew it, bride kidnapping. It is a practice that is actually illegal in the Kyrgyz Republic, yet in rural areas, it is still employed as a means of marriage. The woman that are kidnapped face being shunned by their community if they refuse to get married to their kidnappers. They are left with very little choice.
Living legend Laurie Anderson, multimedia artist (“a totally meaningless term,” according to her), sculptor, painter, musician, brainy and witty storyteller and much more, shared her incredible creative work and ideas with the Athens community the night of April 10th as part of the Special event series at the 45th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival.