Check it out
What: UC Davis Film Festival
When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26
Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St.
Tickets: $7, available at the Varsity Theatre box office
Info: View past years’ winning films at http://theatredance.ucdavis.ued/season/videos.aspx
UC Davis students will present their short films to the public at the 11th annual UC Davis Film Festival at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. In addition to having a general audience for their work, students will receive feedback from faculty who are professionals in film, television and new media.
The festival is presented by the UCD department of theater and dance in association with UCD technocultural studies and co-sponsored by the film studies and art studio programs. Tickets are $7, available now at the Varsity Theatre box office.
“Each year, the array of short films is unpredictable and exciting,” a news release said.
Filmmakers include a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students from across the campus. Categories include comedy, drama, animation, documentaries and all things in between.
This year’s festival has received approximately 50 submissions. When asked what drew them to the festival, many past and current participants noted the opportunity to see their work on the “big screen,” as well as the chance to engage with UCD faculty in the arts. Via a pre-submission schedule, students are offered constructive criticism and tips on taking their work to the next level.
Student producer Pamela Orebaugh, a graduating English and film studies double major, reflects on her three-year history with the festival.
“It’s great to see how much it’s grown and improved over the years,” Orebaugh said. “Each festival tends to have its own flavor and style. I’m really excited this year because of the quality of the films; that is to say on a technical, visual and aesthetical level, the submissions this year are phenomenal. It’s unfortunate all 50 submissions can’t be exhibited.”
There are familiar names returning to the festival, including last year’s big winners Collin Davey and Andrew Blalock. Davey is a doctoral candidate in the English department who won 2010 Best Director for his dramatic short “Apartment 9.” He returns this year, submitting another visually stunning, black-and-white piece, “The Story.”
Blalock is an alumnus of the film studies program. In 2010, he won awards for three very different films. His comedic piece, “Ollie Goes to Davis,” about the adventure of his dog’s day on the town, won Best Comedy. His experimental piece, “The Future of Twitter,” exploring human relationship to self in the age of digital technology and social networking, won Best Editing as well as Honorable Mention Experimental. His third film, “Needed,” a stop-motion animation about a piece of clay coming to life, won Best Animation as well as Audience Choice.
Submissions may be no longer than 10 minutes, including credits. Awards will be given in many categories. A faculty group curates the program and winners receive prizes. In the past, these have been invitations to visit sets and working environments of professional faculty who work in Los Angeles and other industry centers.
In addition to student producer Pamela Orebaugh, the festival is directed by three UCD faculty producers: professors Sarah Pia Anderson and John Iacovelli in the department of theater and dance, and professor Jesse Drew in the department of technocultural studies. The faculty producers serve as advisers along with other UCD faculty: Jaimey Fisher, film studies and German; Darrin Martin, art studio; Maggie Morgan, theater and dance; Pablo Ortiz, music; and Julie Wyman, technocultural studies.