The work of UCSD student filmmakers will be on display for the fourth annual “Up & Coming Film Festival, “ beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday May 19 at The Loft, in the Price Center on campus. The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with an eclectic mix of music performed by the JANKS and a pizza party. The student films begin screening at 8 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony and panel discussion.
The “Up & Coming Film Festival” is free with donations requested at the door. The festival continues to attract a growing number of submissions each year –– 10 films, selected out of 40, will be awarded during the event in categories such as acting, writing, cinematography, editing and best picture.
The festival’s ongoing popularity attracted strong films from various genres ranging from docu-dramas to comedies and experimental shorts. “With the accessibility of affordable digital high definition (HD) cameras, the production quality of the films has improved tremendously,” said Rebecca Webb, founding film curator of UCSD ArtPower! “But there is a lot more to making a good film than just presenting a slick production. Both formally and conceptually, many of this year’s films have been very impressive.”
The films were judged by a panel of distinguished film critics who will attend the festival. In addition to Webb, panelists include: Beth Accomando, KPBS film critic; Tara Knight, award-winning animator and professor of theater and dance at UC San Diego; Rajendra Roy, a UCSD alumnus and chief film curator at the New York Museum of Modern Art; Michael Trigillio, award-winning multimedia artist and UCSD visual arts faculty member; Nira Pereg, award-winning video artist and ArtPower! Film innovator in-residence; Arthur Ollman, director of the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University; and Kent Yoshimura, filmmaker and UCSD alumnus.
The selected films include “Thanksgiving” directed by Cameron Wilson, a revealing portrait of the Thanksgiving ritual; “Lonely” directed by Kane Diep, about a hopeful young woman who must accept her own misunderstandings, and “Pi” directed by Akash Kataria, an experimental modern horror film with a classic vaudevillian twist.
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