A Second Helping of Student Films

A Second Helping of Student Films

This past year, ten miracleworkers were able to do just that and finally showcased their Second-Year films on the big screen to an audience of friends, family, and local movie-lovers.

Satanic Panic: A Devil of a Good Time

Satanic Panic: A Devil of a Good Time

Ohio University School of Film alumni Chelsea Peters, known professionally in the directing world as Chelsea Stardust, has a new film out and it is devilishly fun. 

A Night of First Year Films

A Night of First Year Films

Ohio University’s School of Film held its annual First-Year Films screening Saturday, Sept. 14th, at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. The annual event highlights the first crop of films made by OUSOF MFA and Honors Tutorial College BFA students, who are now in their second year. Self-coined, “the Fab 14,” this year’s filmmaking cohort consisted of ten Second-Year MFA students and four HTC/BFA students.

He'll Fix it in Post! Logan Marshall on the Post-Production Process

He'll Fix it in Post! Logan Marshall on the Post-Production Process

Next Spring, Thesis HTC student Logan Marshall will graduate this program in the post-production track. During his undergraduate HTC time in the School of Film, Marshall has worked on dozens of student and professional projects in a variety of roles, but found his love for storytelling in the art of editing. Working alongside directors to create strong stories, Marshall’s love of filmmaking thrives. Below, we get a peek into his mind as he took some time out from his busy schedule to answer questions regarding the post-production process.

On Set with MFA Lauressa Nicholson

On Set with MFA Lauressa Nicholson

Lauressa Nicholson, a MFA Thesis student, brought her dramatic film, For a Better Life, to life in the city of New York. Read about how she did it and more.

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.

The Future is Experimental

The Future is Experimental

The 46th Athens International Film and Video Festival had a glorious opening day with twelve blocks of films being shown throughout the Athena Cinema's three theaters. One such block was "The Future is Experimental," an all-female experimental section that crossed over mediums and continents. Image provided by Anastasiia Kulikalova.

Dawning of a New Age: the Freshly-Minted BFA in Film Program

Dawning of a New Age: the Freshly-Minted BFA in Film Program

The School of Film at Ohio University will be going through a growth spurt this upcoming fall when the officially-approved new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film will go into effect. Accepting up to twelve new students on a rolling basis, the program will be phased in over the next four years.

On Set with MFA Robert Kaithern

On Set with MFA Robert Kaithern

Robert Kaithern a 3rd year MFA thesis student brought his magically surreal adventure, Per Ignem, into our reality over the course of the spring semester. Kaithern illuminates the story of “a young man searching for a path in the surreal dreamscape of his subconscious.”

Interview with Rafal Sokolowski on Directing Actors

Interview with Rafal Sokolowski on Directing Actors

Directing is often about collaboration – the production, the costuming, and the script. Most importantly, it’s about collaborating with the actors. Because a director who isn't directing actors is simply directing cameras. And that’s not even half as interesting. Below, Rafal Sokolowski, assistant professor at Ohio University Film Division and director of 22 Chaser, talks about his experiences in working with actors and what the next generation of directors need to know.

On Set With MFA Blaize Hart

On Set With MFA Blaize Hart

A look at Blaize Hart’s , a 2nd Year MFA Film Production student, film called Gone Before I Left.