In the Heat of the Light: A Student Cinematographer’s Journey through Film School

In the Heat of the Light: A Student Cinematographer’s Journey through Film School

The School of Film offers several different specialization tracks for MFA and HTC students. Thesis student Jacob Midkiff was kind enough to answer some questions pertaining to the cinematography track. In his two years here, Midkiff has worked on dozens of student films and has spent his summers gaining industry experience on professional sets. Recently, Midkiff had a couple different pieces (as an actor, as a director, and as a director of photography [DP]) screen at this past spring’s Athens International Film and Video Festival.

The Story Behind 'Farmer of the Year'

The Story Behind 'Farmer of the Year'

The Athena Cinema is opening its doors once again to OU Alumni as Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell bring their feature-length film, Farmer of the Year, to Athens, Ohio. Screenings take place on Tuesday, April 16th, at 7 PM, Wednesday, April 17th, at 5 PM, and Thursday, April 18th , at 7 PM. All screenings have a Q&A afterwards.

Footprints on the Moon: Jodie Wille's Work with the Unarius Academy of Space

Footprints on the Moon: Jodie Wille's Work with the Unarius Academy of Space

As we welcomed the Space Brothers, we also said goodbye to the special events portion of the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Last night, Ohio University alum and filmmaker Jodi Wille presided over the program, “Welcome Space Brothers! The Films of the Unarius Academy of Space with Jodi Wille.” The presentation kicked off with Wille’s 2016 short documentary We Are Not Alone, which followed with a “mixtape” of short Unarium films, curated by spiritual follower Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy and his wife then answered a few questions from the audience before screening the 1980 feature The Arrival.

Laura Harrison: From Painting to Filmmaking and Back Again

Laura Harrison: From Painting to Filmmaking and Back Again

Showcasing her films The Lingerie Show, Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was, Tears For Narcissus, No Such Luck, and Bottomland, filmmaker/director/animator/painter/teacher Laura Harrison gave the audience a look into her mind and artistic spirit.

The Madness of Chris Sullivan

The Madness of Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, a Pittsburgh born filmmaker and professor at The Art Institute of Chicago, brought his uniquely innovative and emotionally touching animated film, Consuming Spirits, to the Athena Cinema last night. Sullivan’s work is a truly original creation that is all of his own. A former student of Sullivan describes him as “a genuine arthouse polymath. He slices. He dices. He does it all.”

Lynne Sachs: The Joy of Filming

Lynne Sachs: The Joy of Filming

“Magic is the liminal space in between [script-based and documentary practice]” Lynn Sachs said in response to one of the audience member’s questions. Last night’s special event filmmaker and host Lynne Sachs has made a living out of creating works that reside in such a space.

Jo Andres: A Celebration of a Fallen Bobcat

Jo Andres: A Celebration of a Fallen Bobcat

The Athens International Film and Video Festival celebrated the life and work of the late New York City-based filmmaker and choreographer Jo Andres last night.