Monday, October 3, 2016

New Orleans Film Festival Showcases University of New Orleans Talent

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The 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival will feature the work of three current University of New Orleans students and 10 alumni. The New Orleans Film Society will hold its signature event Oct. 12-20 at multiple venues around New Orleans.

According to Laura Medina, assistant professor of producing and directing at UNO, the festival received its largest number of submissions ever for this year’s festival and selection was especially competitive.

Jon Wood, an undergraduate, is the producer of the short narrative “Plaquemines” and one of the producers of the feature film “A Quiet Storm.” Graduate students Max Fisk and Paul Punzo are directors of the short narrative films “Heart Break-In” and “Comedy Rising,” respectively.

Alumnus R. Todd Campbell directed two selected works: “This Idea of Us,” a music video, and “Hollis Treasures,” a documentary short. Alumnus Eric Gremillion directed “The Tale of Elisha Bowman,” an animated short. Aaron Rushin, an alumnus who also serves on the staff of UNO’s Department of Film and Theatre, produced “A Quiet Storm” along with Jon Wood. Another alumnus with a feature film in the festival is Shane McGooey, director of “People.”

Six alumni served as directors or co-directors on short narrative films in the festival. Alex Aaron and Aaron Davis were co-directors on “Out.” Two alumni had their thesis films selected: Alaina Boyett directed “Historia Naturalis” and Trenton Mynatt directed “Splitting Maul.” Other short narratives include “Painting a Normal Life,” directed by alumnus Paul Catalanotto and “Arceneaux: Melpemone’s Song Episode 1” directed by Jason Buch.

The UNO Department of Film and Theatre is an accredited member of National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate program in theatre and film. UNO offers the only accredited program of its kind in the New Orleans metropolitan area.