Right now I’m working with Night of the Living Dead for my thesis. I’m doing an in-depth analysis of the film’s use of found footage in the ending sequence for my first chapter. The thesis is going to look at found footage in narrative film arguing that the incorporation of found footage is a political act by creating a dialectical unison of past and present in order to shock or provoke the spectator by challenging the perception of the film.
Thesis MFA student Dylan Dyer has been busy. When she's not focusing on her own work in the Ohio University film program, she's crewing on other films, gaining valuable expertise.
Ohio Film Underground spoke with Dylan about what she's learned so far, her hopes for the future, and what it takes to not look like an idiot on a film set.
On November 5, MFA Thesis students in the film program presented films completed during their previous year. These works, screened at the Athena Cinema in front of a packed house, were labors of love, time and energy displaying both technical and artistic expertise. The films, largely dramatic in tone, ranged from personal histories, to a comedically deranged girlfriend, to warnings of ominous futures. The evening offered a strong showcase of the burgeoning talents in the Ohio University film program.
Andrea Arnold’s American Honey (2016) appears to present a story about a young woman drifting across the United States with a crew of young misfits selling magazines, partying, and falling in and out of love. However, Arnold’s use of cinematography, sound, and lighting turn this story into a sensorial experience on parallel with the contemporary cine-poems directed by Terrence Malick such as Tree of Life (2011) and Knight of Cups (2015).
On Saturday, October 1st, the Athena Cinema graciously hosted the Ohio University Film Division’s screening of the First Year MFA’s short films. Hundreds came out to see 13 films that ranged from a documentary on reclaiming homes in Detroit to a 16 mm narrative about a boy who eats cashews to a haunting experimental film about a young woman dealing with the guilt of loosing her little sister. It was a fun night for all and a great chance to see the work of these young artists.
Take a look at where some of our M.A. and M.F.A. Students are showing their work
The 2016 Athens International Film & Video Festival wrapped in April. Cinephiles, Film faculty and Ohio University students enjoyed a week-long event full of independent film and visiting guest artists, most notably Charles Burnett, Ed Lachmen and Steve DeJarnatt.