Longhorn Denius Film Showcase 2014
SKUNK— a fiercely original coming-of-age tale, headed for the Cannes Film Festival; MY SISTER SARAH —an International Documentary Award-winning account of a sister's struggles with addiction; WHERE WERE YOU —a dinosaur's existential crisis told through clever animation.... these are among the UT RTF department's selected shorts, playing for the public on Sunday, April 27th in the fourth annual RTF Longhorn Denius Showcase.
Representing the rich diversity of our filmmakers' styles and interests, the free showcase will take place at the UT Austin Student Activity Center (SAC) Auditorium (1.402) from 6–8:30 pm, with a Q&A and light reception to follow.
“This annual celebration of student films features young filmmakers who go on to national and international prominence,” said Paul Stekler, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the Wofford Denius Chair in Entertainment Studies. “Our filmmakers have screened at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Dubai and other major festivals, where they have received critical acclaim."
Many RTF filmmakers earn recognition with the films included in the showcase. In 2013, three of the showcase films went on to win regional Student Academy Awards, and one of them, Brian Schwarz's OL' DADDY, clinched the national Student Academy Award in the narrative category. The accolades for this year's films include Elizabeth Chatelain's MY SISTER SARAH, which recently won the prestigious International Documentary Association student film award. The Texas Governor's office recognized John Spottswood Moore’s personal documentary ONCE AGAIN with the Barbara Jordan Media Award. Meanwhile, Annie Silverstein's drama SKUNK is one of the sixteen out of 1631 student films worldwide to be accepted to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Cinéfondation section. Read more about her film in this Q&A.
In addition to the showcase, RTF will screen students' work at our spring end-of-semester screenings, culminating on Saturday, May 10 with undergraduate thesis films, and Sunday, May 11, with graduate student films, including the MFA thesis films.
The Longhorn Film Showcase is sponsored by Beth and Wofford Denius and the Cain Foundation, with contributions from R&R Partners David Weeks and Suzanne Hofmann Erickson; Susan Dirks; and Ron Standifer. The event can be found on Facebook.
Please note: if you are unable to attend and are interested in a Blu-Ray or DVD of the showcase, please contact RTFfirstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 RTF LONGHORN DENIUS FILM PROGRAM
See screening order here.
GRADUATE STUDENT FILMS
MY SISTER SARAH • Documentary (25.5 min.)
Elizabeth Chatelain, MFA '13
Winner of International Documentary Association (IDA) Wolper Student Documentary Award.
Sarah is a recovering methamphetamine addict living in North Dakota. She is also my sister. MY SISTER SARAH is a personal look at her fifteen-year long struggle with drug abuse and her inspiring ability to survive this addiction.
HOUSEKEEPING • Drama (15.5 min.)
Catherine Licata, MFA '13
Accepted to Independent Film Festival Boston & Maryland Film Festival.
Charlotte and Elliott's romantic idyll is destroyed by an unexpected arrival.
SKUNK • Drama (16 min.)
Annie Silverstein, MFA '13
Accepted to the 67th Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation section.
After her pit bull kills a skunk, 14-year-old Leila meets the neighborhood boy Marco. The two form an unlikely bond, until things begin to spin out of control and Leila is forced to protect what she loves most at the cost of her own innocence.
ONCE AGAIN • Documentary (18.8 min.)
John Spottswood Moore, MFA '12
Winner of Barbara Jordan Media Award from the Texas Governor's Office. Supported by Jesse H. Jones Fellowship and Arch Campbell Filmmaking Fellowship. Recipient of "Special Commendation," 2013 International OCD Foundation Conference.
After nearly 20 years, filmmaker John Spottswood Moore revisits his life as a ten-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Weaving together interviews, home movies, and animation, Moore tells the story of his struggles to become a champion of his own mind and body.
SOMETHING TO DO WITH LOVE • Romantic Comedy (9.5 min.)
Matthew Koshmrl, MFA student
A hopeless romantic who is obsessed with self-defense finds herself in a fight with deadly adversaries when she attends a speed-dating event.
AIN'T NO HO IN ME • Documentary (13.8 min.)
Jay Hubert, MFA student
1st Place Winner at 2014 WXWC Film Festival.
World Champions. On brooms. UT's quidditch team attempts to rebuild itself after losing almost half of its players to graduation shortly after winning Quidditch World Cup VI.
REHEARSAL • Documentary (11 min.)
Tom Rosenberg, MFA student
Winner of Director's Choice award at the Black Maria Film Festival.The film has also screened at The Viennale, DokLeipzig, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, Dallas International Film Festival, L'Alternativa, Film Society at Lincoln Center's Art of the Real showcase.
An emergency crew takes meticulous care to simulate a terrorist attack for training purposes. Once the "bomb" goes off, hundreds of volunteers deliver convincing and surreal performances as stunned and mutilated blast victims.
HOLE • Drama (10 min.)
Qian Zhuang, MFA student
After moving into a new apartment, a young woman discovers a hole in her living room wall and uses it to spy on the comings and goings of her neighbor. Lonely and isolated, she begins to lose touch with reality and descends into paranoia, her desire to reach out to the neighbor on the other side of the hole growing into an obsession.
I ROT A POEM • Experimental (1.5 min.)
Philip Hoover, MFA screenwriting student
A letter to home from a faraway place.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT FILMS
EVIDENCE FOR SANTA • Comedy (5.8 min.)
Mei Makino, RTF senior
A young girl is convinced the homeless man at the park is Santa and she's determined to get the truth from her parents.
CONFESSION • Drama (11 min.)
Adam Brandenburg, BS '13
An elderly priest unburdens himself to a young archbishop.
SMOKE RING • Drama (12 min.)
Haley Anderson, BS '13
An estranged sister and brother remember their deceased mother in a small Texas town.
SHOOTING • Experimental (0.4 min.)
Ivan Ovalle, RTF junior
Cinematography: A military act.
WHERE WERE YOU • Animation (2.8 min.)
Chad Werner, RTF senior
A dinosaur, his life, and what he believes to be the end of days.
NED'S ROCKET • Animation (1.5 min.)
Kennedy J. Baruch, RTF undergrad
Runner-Up at the 2013 Asian Film Festival of Dallas Student Showcase, and Jury Award: 3rd Place at 2014 Texas Union Film Festival.
Space Man Ned zooms merrily through the cosmos but can never prepare for what lies at its edge.
PINE • Animation (1 min.)
Dylan Carter, RTF junior
A young girl learns about life and death when her father takes her to chop down an old tree.