This past weekend, several media arts students, including Michelle Gioglio and Cameron Babcock, organized an off-campus screening of several films connected with the media arts program. With about forty people attended, the free screenings and provided an opportunity for a few films to be premiered and for film makers to gauge audience reactions in a theatre setting. The screenings were also organized to raise awareness for current media arts student Howie Burbidge and his family. Howie is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Those interested in donating can go here. Michelle expresses much appreciation to Jordan Bottorff at the Wynnsong Carmike theatre, who arranged for the donated movie theatre for the screenings. Some of the films that were screened included the following:
“Talent”(6-week cinema, Howie was the cinematographer, directed by Taylor Davis), “Pedagogy” (TMA 285 class project, directed by Dhane Taylor), “Spit Take” (Directed by Cameron Babcock for Katie Hill, Jennie Brown, and Travis Allen’s TMA classes), “My Hero” (Brandon Ho), “On the Rocks” (Sam Featherstone), “Seth” (Howie’s application film), “Static” (Howie Burbidge), “La Chambre” (Howie Burgidge), “Fishing for Trouble” (Michael Hanks and Cameron Burbidge), Fit for the Kingdom: Scriptures (Dean Duncan), The Sheriff and the Chicken (Kelly Loosli), Beehive Stories: Arches (Brad Barber), “Warcrafting” (Lindsay Kampenhout), and “Complicated Birth” (Neil Reed).
Poster and flyer designed by Ben Gentile
This week, March 1-4, at the Scera Center in Orem is the 16th Annual LDS Film Festival, organized by media arts alum Christian Vuissa. Many of our faculty, students and alums have films showing in this year’s festival. For a complete schedule of films and screenings, go here. Some of the highlights of the festival include the following films and presentations. In general, only those associated with BYU or the TMA department are highlighted.
- Peace Officer, directed and written by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, will many of our current students and alums working on the project.
- Modifying Reality, directed by Jared Jakins, with executive producers Tom Lefler and Wade Hollingshaus. Several alums also worked on the film. This is a documentary of the Animation program.
- Memories of Angels: directed by Caroline Prohosky, with alums Eric Pasternak, Melissa Marquez, Bryce Bollick, and Peter Walton
- Honorably Released, produced by Quint Randle and media arts student Casey Treu in the cast
- The High Road, with Stephanie Breinholt in the cast
Media Arts Program Alums’ Films
- The Laughter Life, a documentary of behind the scenes of Studio C, with media arts alums Mallory Everton and Jeremy Warner, along with other Studio C performers.
- Waffle Street, with Steven A. Lee as Executive Producer
- Magellan, with media arts alums Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller as executive producers.
- 626 Evolution, executive produced by Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller.
- Mythica 5: The Godslayer, written by Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller. Produced by Jason Faller, Jennifer Griffin, and Kynan Griffin.
- CTU: Provo, with early Divine Comedy cast members, Jonathan Decker, Joel Hilton, Jason Komm, Will Rubio, Ryan Croker, Paul Jefferies, Matthew Stringham, Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong, and Sarah Kelly
- Believe: The Michael Ethington Story, with media arts alum Sam Featherstone as the DP.
- The Art of Reconnecting, directed by Nate Christofferson.
- The So Called Laws of Nature, directed by Scott Cook
- The Giraffe Who Was No Good at Gym, directed by Brandon Arnold
- Red Lopez, with BFA alum Karli Hall in the cast
- Hidden in the Heartland: The Great Earthquake, directed and produced by Kels Goodman
- Risking it All, directed and produced by Chet Thomas (among others); edited by Lance Stubblefield
- Searching for Gardy, directed and produced by Chet Thomas (among others), and DP, Tristan Whitman
- Among Thieves, directed and produced by Chet Thomas (among others), and edited by Lance Stubblefield
- Heroes, directed and produced by Chet Thomas (among others)
- The Benevolent Boys, written and directed by William McAllister
- Hanneli & Anne, co-produced by Brian Sullivan
- The Next Door, directed and written by Barret Burgin; produced by J. Celene Anderson and Barrett Burgin; production designer, Kyler R. Sommer; edited by Spencer Coakwell; assistant producer, Garrett Helgesen
- Zero Point, directed and produced by Chet Thomas; DP Tristan Whitman; edited by Lance Stubblefield
- Christian Vuissa will discuss recent developments in the LDS film community and talk about this year’s LDS Film Festival.
- T.C Christensen will discuss and show clips from his newest film, Love, Kennedy, which will be released in June.
- Chet Thomas and Darrin Fletcher will also give a presentation about their unique educational program and approach to filmmaking.
- “Molt,” directed by Ammon Miller; produced by Lindsay Kampenhout; DP, Wes Bowen; production; designer, Emma Meurs.
- “Penrose,” written, directed, and produced by Brett Alan Calkins; executive producer, Jeff Parkin; DP, Dhane Taylor; Sound by Britany Toolson
- “No Walk in the Park,” directed by Peter Walton; written by Drew Kelulve and Peter Walton; produced by Alexis Romero; executive producers, Jeff Parkin, Tom Lefler, Kyle Stapley; DP, Jarom Cowan; production designer, Bronte Campbell; editor, Spencer Coakwell; production manager, Caitlin Walton; costume designer, Shannon McCurdy; and casting director, Brenna Empey.
- “Conflicted Felons: Kickbacks,” directed by Nick Ritter; written by Jacob Gibson and Nick Ritter; produced by Matthew Siemers; executive produced by Jeff Parkin, Tom Lefler, Kyle Stapley; DP, Wesley Bowen; production designer, Ian David Hawkes; original score by Brian Casey Lee; editor, Josh Chappell. Cast includes students Morgan Gunter, Jacob Baird, Andrea Pterson, Monica Moore Smith, John Hinckley, and Theodore Killinger
Happysadness, an original work by playwriting student Chandra Lloyd, performed last week in the Nelke Theatre to packed houses all four performances. Directed by Taylor Hatch, an advanced directing student, the play invited audience feedback after each performance. Happysadness has been workshopped in WDA and is this year’s Microburst production. Although the subject of the play was dealing with mental illness, the playwright and creative team made several choices to keep the pace and tone of the play upbeat and unexpected. The play used classic rock songs (most notably “Darkness” by Peter Gabriel, who gave permission for the song to be used), poetry (Poe, Dickenson, the Beatles, and more), roller skating, a rising and falling stage that paralleled the mood of the protagonist, and imaginative puppets, constructed under the supervision of Nat Reed. Kudos to graduate student Katie Jarvis, who played the role of Val and Paul McGrew who played Jim, Val’s therapist. The ensemble that voiced the puppets, served as moving crew, and played other supporting characters as well. The play has been entered into the KCACTF play writing competition for the coming year. Kudos to the whole creative team for a wonderful production with special thanks to Chandra who wrote this brilliant play.
Tim Timmerman, the Hope of America, a movie that was filmed locally in Orem, UT and Utah locations will open March 3 in Utah. Media arts alums Willem Kampenhout was the 1st Assistant Director, Gary Groth was the UPM, April Joyner Groth was a Line Producer, Jacob Johnson was the 2nd Assistant Director, Westin Cross was a production assistant, Arahnza Aveces was an intern production assistant, Lindsay Kampenhout was craft services, and Spencer Coakwell was DIT and also the editor of the film. Purchase tickets for the film here.
Here is a trailer Spencer edited for the film:
Oscar Viewers: Did you notice the shout out to BYU Alum and producer Brigham Taylor during the acceptance speech for the Special Effects Award for The Jungle Book? In case you missed it, here’s the clip: