Lynne Sachs: The Joy of Filming

Lynne Sachs: The Joy of Filming

“Magic is the liminal space in between [script-based and documentary practice]” Lynn Sachs said in response to one of the audience member’s questions. Last night’s special event filmmaker and host Lynne Sachs has made a living out of creating works that reside in such a space.

Jo Andres: A Celebration of a Fallen Bobcat

Jo Andres: A Celebration of a Fallen Bobcat

The Athens International Film and Video Festival celebrated the life and work of the late New York City-based filmmaker and choreographer Jo Andres last night.

The Future is Experimental

The Future is Experimental

The 46th Athens International Film and Video Festival had a glorious opening day with twelve blocks of films being shown throughout the Athena Cinema's three theaters. One such block was "The Future is Experimental," an all-female experimental section that crossed over mediums and continents. Image provided by Anastasiia Kulikalova.

Dawning of a New Age: the Freshly-Minted BFA in Film Program

Dawning of a New Age: the Freshly-Minted BFA in Film Program

The School of Film at Ohio University will be going through a growth spurt this upcoming fall when the officially-approved new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film will go into effect. Accepting up to twelve new students on a rolling basis, the program will be phased in over the next four years.

On Set with MFA Robert Kaithern

On Set with MFA Robert Kaithern

Robert Kaithern a 3rd year MFA thesis student brought his magically surreal adventure, Per Ignem, into our reality over the course of the spring semester. Kaithern illuminates the story of “a young man searching for a path in the surreal dreamscape of his subconscious.”

Interview with Rafal Sokolowski on Directing Actors

Interview with Rafal Sokolowski on Directing Actors

Directing is often about collaboration – the production, the costuming, and the script. Most importantly, it’s about collaborating with the actors. Because a director who isn't directing actors is simply directing cameras. And that’s not even half as interesting. Below, Rafal Sokolowski, assistant professor at Ohio University Film Division and director of 22 Chaser, talks about his experiences in working with actors and what the next generation of directors need to know.

On Set With MFA Blaize Hart

On Set With MFA Blaize Hart

A look at Blaize Hart’s , a 2nd Year MFA Film Production student, film called Gone Before I Left.

On Set with MFA Bruno M. Viana

On Set with MFA Bruno M. Viana

Bruno M. Viana a 3rd-year thesis MFA Film Production student successfully defended his thesis film Colorfool. “In search of his own self-esteem, an enigmatic man has the mission of bringing hope and joy to a children's hospital.”

Doc Filmmaking in the Sleeping Giant

Doc Filmmaking in the Sleeping Giant

Many Ohio University students took the winter off to relax and catch up on some much-needed sleep. But our 1st-year MFA students took to documenting the lives of others instead. Two MFAs, Zeran Lei and Eve Zhao, returned home to China to shoot their documentaries. There, they would capture stories and characters on film and bring them back to the states to be edited and screened.

On Set with MFA Tabitha Kennedy

On Set with MFA Tabitha Kennedy

Tabitha Kennedy, a 2nd year MFA Film Production student, brought her thrilling film, “Para-Red” from virtual reality into reality last fall.

On Set with MFA Graham Holford

On Set with MFA Graham Holford

Graham Holford, 2nd-Year MFA Film Production student, brought his creative vision for his film, “Pasture,” to life this past month.

On Set with MFA Eddie Loupe

On Set with MFA Eddie Loupe

Eddie Loupe, a 2nd Year MFA student, took his screenplay from the storyboards to the cinematic screen of the RED in his film, "Applebaum."

On the Chase with Professor Rafal Sokolowski

On the Chase with Professor Rafal Sokolowski

Some college professors have to write academic papers. Others get to make movies. Back in October, Ohio University film faculty, Rafal Sokolowski, presented his directorial feature debut, 22 Chaser, at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. 22 Chaser is an action-thriller that follows a down-on-his-luck family man as he must make enough money in one night to keep is family financially afloat and to fulfill a promise that he made to his son for his birthday. His path to do so involves crossing over to the more unethical side of tow truck driving called, “chasing.” It involves manipulating victims at the site of automobile accidents to pay out more for towing fees. Professor Sokolowski shared some of his experiences and wisdom from making this work with us.

On Set with MFA Bianca Malcolm

On Set with MFA Bianca Malcolm

Bianca Malcolm, a 2nd year MFA student, just took her screenplay, "Fear In Sanity," from paper to the cinematic screen this January.

An Evening (Or Two) with Indie Director and OU Alum Megan Griffiths

An Evening (Or Two) with Indie Director and OU Alum Megan Griffiths

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.

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back, students, to another semester at#oufilm. Please, take a moment to look back fondly at last semester when you were all so fresh-faced, wide-eyed, and bushy-tailed. And, remember, you will never be that way again.

Vlad the Conqueror: Student by Day, International Box Office Success by Night

Vlad the Conqueror: Student by Day, International Box Office Success by Night

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.