Summer wasn’t much of a break for the Ohio University School of Film Division. Several students were able to apply academic knowledge into real work practice through internships and freelance work. These industry experiences provided students with the opportunity to hone their technical skills, expand their knowledge, and forge new connections with other people in the field. Apart from working in the industry, these students were also able to travel and experience new cities and towns.
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the Athena theater on Court Street was home to a showcase of second year films, created by MFA filmmakers now currently studying in their thesis year here at Ohio University.
On Saturday, September 15th, The Ohio University Film Division presented A Night of First Year Films at the Athena on Court Street to an enthusiastic audience of friends, family, and fellow movie-lovers.
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.