By Michael Williamson

Another night of First-Year films is in the can.

Presenting filmmaker 3rd-Year HTC/BFA student Bailey Plumley.

Presenting filmmaker 3rd-Year HTC/BFA student Bailey Plumley.

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.

 

According to Steve Ross, the director of the School of Film, this year’s screening was noteworthy for several reasons: this is the first official year back with the School of Film name (the program had previously been titled the Film Division) and the year also marked the first class of the department’s newly minted BFA in Film program.

 

Poster of 1st-Year MFA Films Screening projected on the screen in the Athena Cinema.

Poster of 1st-Year MFA Films Screening projected on the screen in the Athena Cinema.

Presenting filmmaker 2nd-Year MFA student Nicholas Jackson and actress Karen M. Chan.

Presenting filmmaker 2nd-Year MFA student Nicholas Jackson and actress Karen M. Chan.

“They’ve got to make three films in nine months, which isn’t easy,” Ross said. Students are required to make two narrative shorts and one documentary in their first year. “In the end, it’s about the filmmakers.”

 

School of Film Chair Steve Ross and presenting filmmaker 2nd-Year MFA student Faryar Hosseini.

School of Film Chair Steve Ross and presenting filmmaker 2nd-Year MFA student Faryar Hosseini.

The Fab 14 presented a diverse collection of films Saturday evening, ranging from stories shot on the bricks of Athens to a grade school in China. Students also explored a variety of genres, including dramatic thrillers, comedies, and documentaries. Of the films screened Saturday, viewers watched three documentaries and eleven narrative shorts.

 

The films presented were:

“Plain Jane” directed by Bailey Plumley

“Post Scriptum” directed by Anastasiia Kulikalova

“In Your Head” directed by Juliana Olivo

“Pick a Little While with the Band” directed by Samuel Scott

“Laid” directed by Maxwell Williams

“Near Perfect” directed by Matthew Valdovinos

“Raw Jade” directed by Zeran Lei

“The Last Delivery” directed by Vlad Klimchuk

“Contingency” directed by Eve Zhao

“Broken Glass” directed by Nic Walli

“Euthanasia” directed by Robin Johnson

“The G.O.A.T.” directed by Keisha Martin

“Rotten” directed by Faryar Hosseini

“Press #1 for English, Press #2 for Extraterrestrial” directed by Nick Jackson

 

Saturday night, the world saw the fruits of these young filmmakers’ labors. “They poured their hearts and souls into these films,” said Ross. And the audience truly appreciated these students’ hard work.

Presenting filmmakers - the Fab 14: ( top row, from left to right ) Bailey Plumley, Faryar Hosseini, Samuel Scott, Matt Valdovinos, Anastasiia Kulikalova; ( middle row, L to R ) Keisha Martin, Julie Olivo, Eve Zhao, Nicholas Jackson; ( bottom row ) Nic Walli; ( not pictured ) Vlad Klimchuk, Zeran Lei, Max Williams, and Robin Johnson.

Presenting filmmakers - the Fab 14: (top row, from left to right) Bailey Plumley, Faryar Hosseini, Samuel Scott, Matt Valdovinos, Anastasiia Kulikalova; (middle row, L to R) Keisha Martin, Julie Olivo, Eve Zhao, Nicholas Jackson; (bottom row) Nic Walli; (not pictured) Vlad Klimchuk, Zeran Lei, Max Williams, and Robin Johnson.