Many people return home for the holidays. On Wednesday, December 5th, Ohio University School of Film alumnus, Megan Griffiths, did just that as she returned to her native Athens for a screening of her latest feature, Sadie, at the Historic Athena on Court Street. Earlier in the day, the School of Film presented her directorial debut The Off Hours to an enthusiastic crowd of students, faculty, and film lovers. Speaking at a Q and A session immediately following the film, Griffiths said that The Off Hours brought “opportunity instead of money.” That opportunity came in the form of four other features that she directed between this debut and her latest, Sadie. It has also afforded the chance to direct in the television industry, most notably for Room 104 and Animal Kingdom.
Vlad Klimchuk is a First-year MFA student who is hitting the books in America but breaking box office records in Ukraine. Klimchuk’s film Skazhene Vesillya, which roughly translates to ‘‘Crazy Wedding,’’ is a romantic comedy produced by Film UA. Klimchuck has worked with Film UA in the past directing some of their pilot TV episodes.
Summer wasn’t much of a break for the Ohio University School of Film Division. Several students were able to apply academic knowledge into real work practice through internships and freelance work. These industry experiences provided students with the opportunity to hone their technical skills, expand their knowledge, and forge new connections with other people in the field. Apart from working in the industry, these students were also able to travel and experience new cities and towns.