Written by Natalie Hulla; posted by Dustin Jenkins

In April, H.T.C./B.F.A. student Luke Szabados traveled to the 2015 Skepto International Film Festival in Cagliari, Italy, where he screened his short film, The Rubric Timestamped. Szabados wrote and directed the experimental film as one of three films completed during his first year in the M.F.A. program.

Szabados spent a week in the city located on the island of Sardinia where his film screened on two separate evenings. Szabados also attended a creative workshop put on by Maia, an intensive training program for emerging European producers. While attending the workshop, he received hands-on training and critical feedback after pitching his thesis film.

The Rubric Timestamped: Situated within a nightmare of elegance and pain, a herd of men and women cultivate bare farmland with no end in sight. They wash their hands and return to work. When the spigot is commandeered by an unknown authority, the group collapses in the magnetizing pleasure of losing control.


Szabados received a grant from the Dean’s Discretionary Fund through the Honors Tutorial College which helped pay for his travel and festival attendance.