Students

Welcome to the RTF Student Showcase which highlights some of our recent student productions. Our students own the rights to any work they create as part of their studies. These films, trailers and clips are shown by permission of the filmmaker. For more videos, please visit our Vimeo page.

Play On
Director
Daniel Abramson
Play On

On closing night of a college Shakespeare production, two pairs of ill-suited lovers find themselves in the thralls of unrequited affection. Both Troye and Jake, student and teacher, must confront the realities of the men they hold dear.

Director
Daniel Abramson
Jazz for Sleep
Directors
Venessa Uhlig, Huay-Bing Law
Jazz for Sleep

An actor returns to his hometown and makes a surprise visit to an old college friend.

Directors
Venessa Uhlig, Huay-Bing Law
2014 UT RTF Showcase, Longhorn Network coverage
Various Directors

2014 UT RTF Showcase, Longhorn Network coverage

The UT RTF department annually presents a showcase of student work, some of which is presented in this video, with interviews of the filmmakers. Representing the rich diversity of our filmmakers' styles and interests, 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 won the prestigious 2013 International Documentary Association student film award and was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Annie Silverstein's drama SKUNK won first place out of 1631 student films worldwide to be accepted to the international 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Cinéfondation section and is currently a finalist for a BAFTA-LA student filmmaker award. Meanwhile, the Texas Governor's office recognized John Spottswood Moore’s personal documentary ONCE AGAIN with the Barbara Jordan Media Award.

More info can be found here: rtf.utexas.edu/showcase/longhorn-denius-film-showcase-2014

Various Directors

All Around
Director
TJ Martinez
All Around

Mac Coleman was a promising young bronco rider destined for a career in professional rodeo, until a tragic accident changed the course of his life.

Director
TJ Martinez
Cardinal
Director
Caitlin Ward
Cardinal

A young boy, sparked be an encounter with a tube of lipstick, grapples with his identity in a hyper-masculine world.

Director
Caitlin Ward
YEAH, KOWALSKI!
Director
Evan Roberts
YEAH, KOWALSKI!

Gabe is a late bloomer whose attempts to impress Shane, a more mature classmate, get him into a hairy situation.

Festivals: 
Iris Prize Festival 2012
, Sarasota Film Festival, 
Maryland International Film Festival, 
Outfest, 
Frameline, 
InsideOut Toronto, 
deadCENTER, 
Dallas International Film Festival

www.evandavidroberts.com
www.audioheirlooms.com

Director
Evan Roberts
The Longest Sun
Director
Patrick Smith
The Longest Sun

THE LONGEST SUN is a narrative short film inspired by the mythology of the Tewa peoples of northern NM, and is told entirely in the endangered language of Tewa (less than 500 native speakers remain). A blend of fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction, THE LONGEST SUN is a quest story that follows Tahn Pi, a young Tewa boy who sets out on a mythical journey to stop the sun from setting.

Official website: www.thelongestsun.com

Director
Patrick Smith
Night Shift
Director
Alison Boland
Night Shift

Members of the night shift custodial team at the University of Texas come from all over the world. Together, they have built a tight-knit work family that exists unseen by the academic inhabitants of the same building.
 

www.alisonwboland.com

Director
Alison Boland
Once Again
Director
John Spottswood Moore
Once Again

There are over five million people in the United States (500,000 of these children) that know the true terror of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “Once Again” is a short documentary about the truth of Childhood OCD. After nearly 20 years, filmmaker John Spottswood Moore revisits his life as a ten year old with OCD. In the early nineties, OCD was thought to be a behavioral, almost psychotic disorder. Weaving together animation, home movies, and animation, Moore tells the story of years lost to this horrible condition. Through mental torture, hospitalization, and humiliation, “Once Again” shows how John Spottswood Moore eventually won the fight against this disorder to become a champion of his own mind and body.

 

www.jumpupfilms.com/onceagain

Director
John Spottswood Moore
THE TELEPORTED MAN
Director
Zach Endres
THE TELEPORTED MAN

To shorten his sentence, a convict volunteers for a risky experiment that subsequently takes an unexpected turn.

Winner of the 2012 Student Short Audience Award, Austin Film Festival.

www.zachendres.com

Director
Zach Endres
Yellow Wallpaper
Director
Nidhi Reddy
Yellow Wallpaper

Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a rotoscoped animation about a depressed woman who is driven to insanity by the confines of femininity.

http://nidhi-reddy.com/

Director
Nidhi Reddy
Western Brothers' Adventure Story
Director
Drew Xanthopoulos
Western Brothers' Adventure Story

A young boy living in rural Texas constructs an adventure story incorporating family, friends, and the filmmaker. The boy is viewed through the lens of his imagined story as he both invents and enacts it. Blending elements of fiction and nonfiction, this short documentary is an unusual portrait of a 9-year-old boy by way of his imagination.

Director
Drew Xanthopoulos
Untitled Moon Project
Director
John Spottswood Moore
Untitled Moon Project

A selection from a short foreign-language comedy about the Soviet Union's Last ditch attempt to win the Space Race in 1969. Spring 2009

Director
John Spottswood Moore
Red Wednesday
Director
Nazanin Shirazi
Red Wednesday

A 9 yr old Iranian-American girl attempts to revive her ailing mother with a Zorvastrian fire celebration. Spring 2008

Director
Nazanin Shirazi
Not Funny
Director
Molly Green
Not Funny

Four short Narratives with one common theme, jokes that misfire. Spring 2008

Director
Molly Green
2016 Longhorn Network Video-Her and Me
Various Directors

2016 Longhorn Network Video-Her and Me

2016

Various Directors

Baby Girl
Director
Joshua Michael DeFour
Baby Girl

A young mother struggles to shield her daughter from the realities of poverty and hardship in small-town Texas. Shot on location in Farmersville, TX, with a Sony a7s and Atomos Ninja Assassin. Captured in 4K. Edited in Premiere, Graded in DaVinci Resolve using FilmConvert.

Director
Joshua Michael DeFour