Compiled by Shahriar Shafiani; posted by Dustin Jenkins

A look at the Ohio University Film faculty and students who will be screening their work at the 2015 Athens International Film and Video Festival.


Tom Hayes (Assistant Professor, O.U. Film)

Two Blue Lines

Mon., Apr. 6 @ 7:30p - Guest Artist Presentation

Shot over a period of 25 years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political situation of Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day. By primarily featuring the narratives of Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, filmmaker Tom Hayes provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict not often depicted in mainstream media.

"It is an honor to be screened in this grand old festival. It has a history of provocative and courageous programming and is truly international in scope."

Rafal Sokolowski (Assistant Professor, O.U. Film)

Seventh Day

Sun., Apr. 5 @ 5:15p - Part of the "A New (Old) Land" Group

Seventh Day is a tragic - comedic meditation on displacement and a hilarious taxi ride that puts perspective on emigration and the idea of changing one life for another. Watch the trailer:

"Screening my film at the festival gives my students a chance to take revenge on me for my relentless criticism of their work ;))"

David Gaddis (M.F.A. Thesis Student)

David Turner

Sat., Apr. 4 @ 1:30p - Part of the "Brotherly Love" Group

An aspiring chef brings home his new girlfriend to meet his schizophrenic brother.

Cory Pratt (M.F.A. Thesis Student)

When Skies Are Grey

Thu., Apr. 9 @ 1:15p - Part of the "Family (Dys)function" Group

An Appalachian teen ekes out a living alongside his kid sister and often absent mother.

Kathy Swanson (M.F.A. Thesis Student)

The Journey of Maggie Monroe

Sat., Apr. 4 @ 9:30p - Part of the "Comedy Night" Group

A goofy, spunky, easily distracted bridesmaid takes a road trip to deliver an heirloom wedding ring to her demanding brother’s wedding and doesn’t allow quite enough time.

Iryna Zhygaliuk (M.F.A. Thesis Student)


Sun., Apr. 5 @ 1:15p - Part of the "War Stories" Group

Set in WWII Ukraine under the Nazi occupation, Mother recounts a widowed woman's struggle for survival with her two children while remaining hidden within the confines of an old barn.

"Having an Oscar-qualifying film festival in Athens is a blessing. But I think [the] moviegoer in me is even more excited about it than [the] filmmaker. I've been appreciating Ruth Bradley's impeccable taste for three years so far, and it seems like AIFVF is only getting better every year."

Priyanka Das (Second-Year M.F.A. Student)


Sat., Apr. 4 @ 1:00p - Part of the "Avant Garde Constructions" Group

Together is a poetic abstract visual representation of race between two people, who hold opposite attitudes towards race, & have to go through their own set of obstructions in order to reach the finish line. Its about the journey not the destination.

"It's an amazing feeling when our films get to screen with our fellow student film makers; it's like a shared journey for all of us: We make films together, and we get to screen [them] together at this acclaimed film festival. Its an experience to remember."

Josh Hanesack (Second-Year M.F.A. Student)


Thu., Apr. 9 @ 3:00p - Part of the "Working for a Living" Group

Greg is in a rut. He wakes up, goes to work at a miserable office, and comes home. He finds a strange leaf. He goes to a party. He wonders if his existence means anything at all.

"Last year was my first year attending the AIFVF. What I was most impressed by was the eclectic variety of short films from all over the world. This year I'm honored to have my film screened with what will undoubtedly be another great selection of shorts."

Luke Szabados (Third-Year H.T.C./B.F.A. Student)

The Rubric Timestamped

Sat. Apr. 4 @ 1:00p - Part of the "Avant Garde Constructions" Group

The film finds a group of people in mud.  They wash their hands and work.  Chaos ensues when the spigot stops pouring water.

"It is very exciting to have a short film at the Athens Film Festival, especially because the people who helped create it are able to see it in their hometown on the big screen.  The festival also provides a unique opportunity to see content by other filmmakers working in a similar genre. Come to Avant Garde Constructions, Saturday at 1PM for a good show!"

Shahriar Shafiani (First-Year M.F.A. Student)

Life Around Here

Tue., Apr. 7 @ 7:30p - Part of the "What Just Happened" Group

After happening upon a shovel, a man who lives joyously alone in a desert sees a series of mirages that change his life and his desires forever.

"Athens is truly entwined with art and culture. I think the best example of this is the Athens International Film and Video Festival. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of it."