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Comics Legend John Porcellino Brings King-Cat Tour to Handmade & Bound

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Caroline Davis No Comments

As a featured event of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN) on October 3-4, acclaimed comics and graphic novel author/publisher John Porcellino will bring his national tour to town in support of a documentary about his life and work, “Root Hog or Die,” a graphic memoir, The Hospital Suite, and the 25th anniversary of his influential King-Cat Comics & Stories.

Root Hog or Die posterPorcellino will appear at the H&BN book arts festival, hosted by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, on Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. A 25-minute presentation about his work will precede a 45-minute version of “Root Hog or Die,” with Q&A and book signing to follow. H&BN is the only Southern stop on the 17-city itinerary (which began September 13 in Bethesda, MD), and admission is free.

Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing and publishing mini-comics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years. He is best known for his self-published, highly autobiographical series King-Cat Comics & Stories, a simply drawn, black & white comic/zine that investigates the essence of just being alive.

An artist committed to punk rock and DIY ethics – with a unique voice equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü – Porcellino seeks to illustrate the “moments-between-moments” that make up the majority of our lives: looking at snow falling, watching a bird turn its head, looking at the moon with your parents. From its beginning in the zine revolution of the late eighties/early nineties, King-Cat has been an inspirational template for a generation of alternative comics creators.

Porcellino’s collected stories have been published by Drawn and Quarterly, and his work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Best American Comics, Kramer’s Ergot, the Anthologies of Graphic Fiction, and countless other anthologies and collections.

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Dan Stafford and John Porcellino at Hollis Famous Ribs, Athens GA

“Root Hog or Die” is the culmination of a five-year project by director Dan Stafford, who also co-owns Kilgore Books & Comics. Following him on tour, on walks in the woods and through interviews with more than 20 friends and colleagues, “Root Hog or Die” illustrates how Porcellino manages, and occasionally struggles, to live and function as an uncompromising artist in 21st century America.

The film’s title comes from Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

HOSPITAL SUITE cover

“A MINI-COMICS MASTER’S POETIC MUSINGS ON ILLNESS & THE ART OF GETTING BY”

The Hospital Suite, to be published September 23 by Drawn and Quarterly, is a response to a series of life-threatening health concerns Porcellino experienced in the late 1990′s. Publishers Weekly praised the memoir, told through bare-bones drawings, as “a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following.”

On the second day of H&BN–Saturday, October 4–Porcellino will be a vendor in the book arts marketplace, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with King-Cat zines, books, tee shirts and DVDs plus selections from his Spit and a Half zine and comix distribution service. (For a complete vendor listing, click here.)

In conjunction with Porcellino’s visit, H&BN is bringing back Zine-O-Rama, a call for zines that has drawn donations from around the world. Submissions (with optional artist statement or bio) should be sent by September 22 to the Watkins Library, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228, Attn: Lisa Williams.

MORE ABOUT HANDMADE & BOUND NASHVILLE

The fourth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, will unfold Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The free, family-friendly event–part book convention, part literary event and part art show–is presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department and features a gallery exhibition, documentary screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors, and demos and hands-on activities.

10/3: Poetry and Prints exhibition opening reception • documentary and Q&A with zine legend John Porcellino • Zine-O-Rama

H&BN2012 Zine_o_rama readersOn Friday, October 3, the festival’s exhibition, Poetry and Prints, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show (which takes its name from workshops presented by Watkins Community Education and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts) will showcase handmade books inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 4, 2015).

Handmade and Bound: Poetry and Prints is funded in part by an Arts Access grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

The appearance by author/illustrator John Porcellino of King-Cat Comix & Stories and the screening of the “Root Hog or Die” documentary begins immediately after the gallery reception, at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater.

10/4: Book arts marketplace

H&BN 2012 shopper On Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists, indie publishers and distributors, and book aficionados will come together to sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the H&BN marketplace. The festival will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as food trucks. Vendor registration is open through September 22.

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 4 is presented by the Library at Watkins and Watkins Community Education and is partially funded by the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot.

For information on registering for the marketplace, submissions to the Poetry and Prints gallery exhibition or Zine-O-Rama, visit handmadeboundnashville.com, HBN’s Facebook page or contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427.

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The Handmade & Bound Nashville festival is an official, registered event of Artober, a broadly collaborative promotional initiative designed to highlight, inform and inspire the community’s participation in the wide range of arts activities offered in the Nashville area during the month of October (artobernashville.com).

 

MORE ABOUT JOHN PORCELLINO

“…perhaps no comics artist since Charles Schulz has rendered so much psychological detail with so few lines.”                                   ––Rain Taxi Review of Books

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(photo by Christina Young)

http://www.king-cat.net

http://spitandahalf.blogspot.com

http://johnporcellino.blogspot.com

Link to “Root Hog or Die” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=autzPcnndlc

The Hospital Suite

Excerpt and book info: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/hospital-suite

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-77046-164-2

 

H&BN photos by Samantha Angel

 

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Film School’s Fall Auditions Set for Sept. 13

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2014 student film projects on Saturday, September 13, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.

Casting call sign in 0010Directors of more than 20 productions–from the film programs at Watkins and, for the first time, Belmont University–will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring headshots and résumés.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (with on-camera readings at the discretion of each director). Casting breakdowns and proposed shoot dates (usually over a 3-day/Friday–Sunday period) will be posted to this page as available and distributed on site.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); individual appointments are not available.

  • 10 to 11 a.m. – Leading men, age range 19-40
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Leading women, age range 19-40
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Children and youth, age range 8-18

Check this auditions page for more information. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center (across from the Looby). Free parking is available in the campus lot.

All cast members will be invited to a screening of projects at the end of the semester and will have access to an online copy of the film and a quick-time file (without music) to cut into a reel.

About The Film School at Watkins

WatkinsFIlm_NickRau setOffering one of the College’s oldest degree programs, The Film School at Watkins offers a demanding and immersive curriculum that explores the artistic, technical and business aspects of filmmaking to provide a truly hands-on experience for aspiring professionals. Students may pursue the four-year BFA degree or, for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, a Certificate in Film.

While rooted in dramatic narrative, the program encourages documentaries, commercials, music videos, experimental films, and television/web programs as students develop their technical skills and sharpen the focus on their unique artistic vision. Through deep study of the primary roles of writing, producing, directing, imaging, and editing; access to the latest—and next—technologies; a portfolio reel of increasingly complex projects, and opportunities to connect with the professional creative community, graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in film, video, news and entertainment.

 

CASTING BREAKDOWNS

NOTE: Audition date for INTRUSIONS is Sunday, September 7, at 2 pm.

INTRUSIONS

Director: Jason Harper = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Shooting Location: Mt. Juliet and Hermitage
Shoot Dates: September 19-21
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay
Audition Location: Watkins • 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd (37228) in Metro Center, Room #501
Submission instructions: Email headshot and résumé to [email protected]

SYNOPSIS: Willis Chamberlain is a religious gun enthusiast. When he shoots and kills a home intruder, he struggles to reconcile his actions with his beliefs.

Characters:

  • MARSHALL (Supporting, late 50’s to mid 60’s, medium to large build): He is a vociferous Republican and avid hunter, and severely lacking in empathy.
  • MARTHA (Supporting, 50’s to 60’s, average build): Willis’ wife, who is always dressed to impress and never seen without make-up.
  • JANIE (Supporting, late 30’s to 40’s): A slim, unkempt woman with a noticeably Southern accent. She is a sad and lonely widow.

MY TWIN OR ME

Director: Matison Turner = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Empire, AL
Shoot Dates: October 3-5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS:  Fraternal twins Jill and Jack are preparing for their first day of high school. As the twins struggle with normal teen issues their parents decide to break the news that one of them never made it home from the hospital. Jill and Jack must now decide who is the real twin and who is a figment of the other’s imagination.

Characters:

  • JILL (Lead, 14-15): An outgoing, athletic tomboy who isn’t afraid of what people think. She is Jack’s twin sister.
  • JACK (Lead, 14-15): A reserved, intelligent pretty-boy who doesn’t want to cause conflict of any kind. He is Jill’s twin brother.
  • MOM (Supporting, early 40s+): Mom just wants her child(ren) to be happy, but she knows they can’t keep living in a fantasy.
  • DAD (Supporting, early 40s+):  Dad is supportive in every way, but lets Mom do most of the talking.


SUMMER HAZE

Director: Blake Holland = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Production III, with dialogue
Project length: 20-30 min.
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS: Devon, a young country club employee, loses his summer job after spending a reckless night with the “rich kids”—a tight group of friends who’d do anything for one another. As he spends his summer with kids raised on the empty lyrics of pop music, he finds himself falling for a crowd that seeks personal validation through the dangerous rejection of their inherited privilege.

  • DEVON (Lead): A young, 20-something born and raised in a small, suburban town. He comes from the working-class, but falls for the wealthy kids while working his summer job at the country club. After losing his job to a night of recklessness spent with the “rich kids,” he falls for them and their sense of freedom. As the summer goes on, he loses himself to their acts of defiance as they try to reject their inherited freedom. Devon reveals himself to be impressionable as he learns to compromise and abandon himself for them.
  • MOM (Supporting, 30s – 50s): All business, a confident wife and mother who balances her time between managing her husband’s political campaign and keeping an eye on her reckless children. Her phone often distracts her.
  • BOSS (Supporting, 30s – 50s): A well-groomed man who speaks a little too softly for someone with such strong words. When he curses his voice breaks. His collar always sits a bit too tight around his neck. He works at the country club.


DOTTIE AND THE LIVER

Director: Hunter Billings = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type:  Student (Production III) with dialogue
Project length:  Approx. 18 mins
Shooting Location:  Nashville, Williamson County
Shoot Dates: Oct. 24-26 (main unit/cast); Nov. 8 (fireside storyteller scene)
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital file, travel and meals

SYNOPSIS: “Dottie and the Liver,” a dark comedy based on an English folktale told fireside on a camping trip, is a story about a rebellious girl who cannot stand her nagging mother’s ridiculous quirks. Dottie is sent to the store to get a liver for supper, but spends all the money on candy. She does bring a liver home after a trip to the local cemetery. That night a corpse comes to the kitchen to reclaim the liver and the mother never finds out through a series of coincidences.

  • GROCER – An older gentleman who owns a local grocery store. He is interested in making fly-fishing flies and running a quiet store.  He is a man stuck in his ways, yet bends his own rules when he feels someone needs help.  He is also an incarnation of the storyteller and has some all-knowing qualities.
  • BILL – A young man digging a grave and waiting for the priest to show up so he and Frank (another gravedigger) can go home. He plays the opposite of Frank; Bill abides by the rules and wants to please everyone. The need to stay on everyone’s good side often gets him into trouble and constantly makes him worry about the decisions he makes.
  • CORPSE – A woman of any age. Looking for someone who can play a dead woman, killed in a grisly accident who is hellbent on getting her liver back from the girl who stole it from her. She is innocent but determined to do anything to gain back what was taken from her. Not so much a zombie as a wronged woman chasing what is rightfully hers, with a slight limp.
  • STORYTELLER – An older gentleman who loves telling stories to his grandkids and wishes his son would continue to listen to them. He loves to tease and cause the biggest gasps possible while maintaining a questionably family friendly approach. He has a dramatic flair and can summon images with just a twinkle in his eye.
  • SON – The son of the Storyteller, camping with his father and his two kids. He is more interested getting a good night of rest than the outside world. A very contemporary soul who, with the right nudge, can recapture his childhood.
  • NICK – The Storyteller’s grandson. He is of the age where fairy tales no longer excite him unless they involve scary details. He adores his grandfather’s stories and always begs for more.
  • CHRIS – A male or female child who loves hearing stories by the fireside. Although younger than his/her older brother, Chris is more mature and grasps the themes and concepts of what the Storyteller is really saying.


SUPERHERO SUPPORT GROUP

Director: Sydney Hood = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory (non-union are welcome)
Production Type: Student Production III With Dialogue
Project length: 12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville as well as Edwardsville, IL
Shoot Dates: October 17-21, 2014
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

SYNOPSIS: A group of superheroes rises to the challenge when they encounter a real life villain. The problem: they lack superpowers.

Characters:

  • THE WINGED GUARDIAN (Lead, male, early 20’s to 30’s): Acting out his inner child due to the death of his father, he is a strong leader in the support group.
  • SILENT SPECTRESS (Lead, female, 20s): Average sized woman who is trying to fill the dainty shoes of a mother who never gave her approval. She is very clumsy and looks to food for comfort.
  • THE VALIANT PROTECTOR (Lead, male, middle-aged): He has been teased throughout his life for being overweight. Now grown up, he tries to hide his insecurities with a costume.
  • MENTAL MAN (Lead, male, mid-20’s to early-30’s): He thinks having super powers would be cool. He is overly excited, even though he lacks the skill to move things with his mind.
  • DR.RIVIRA (Lead, male or female, 30’s to 60’s): S/he leads the community support group with as much professionalism and class as possible; takes the superheroes seriously and creatively tries to help them overcome their problems.
  • POLICE CHIEF (Lead, male or female, 30’s to 60’s): The serious job of protecting the city has become a ceremonial position over the years. However s/he is satisfied with making others feel happy with them.
  • GAS STATION ATTENDANT (Supporting, male or female, any age): S/he is stuck working a night shift at a gas station where nothing ever happens. However on this particular night the gas station is held up.
  • VILLIAN (Supporting, male, 20’s to 40’s): He takes on the persona of a villain to feel less horrible about himself as he commits crimes.
  • POLICE (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)
  • PARAMEDIC #1 (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)
  • PARAMEDIC #2 (Supporting, male or female, any age over 20)


HAROLD

Director: ST Davis = [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student (Production II)
Project Length: appx. 10 mins
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 4 -5, 2014
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file, and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS: After being diagnosed with stage 3 Alzheimer’s disease, Harold struggles to maintain his life operating his dry cleaners and taking care of his grandson, Oliver. It is only until Oliver comes up with the idea of finding a new brain does Harold find a sense of self and acceptance with his diagnosis.

Characters:

  • HAROLD (Lead, 60′s-70′s): A wise and confident man, floored by the news of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Usually very sure of himself and well ordered, but has been slowly getting worse and worse with his memory. In denial of it publicly, he knows internally that something is wrong.
  • OLIVER (Lead): The grandson of Harold, a happy-go-lucky boy around 7 years old. No reservations when it comes to asking intrusive questions about Harold’s personal life. Confident like Harold and takes on the mannerisms of an elder person; old for his age.
  • LORETTA (Supporting): The sassy assistant and longtime best friend of Harold. Quick to get Harold going on any number of topics and runs the laundry as if it were her own. Pushes his buttons and bickers often but loves Harold dearly. Very intuitive with Harold’s emotions.
  • HEATHER (Supporting, mid 20′s to early 30′s): The daughter of Harold and mother of Oliver. Her priorities are everywhere except where they need to be, with Oliver. Negotiates everything with Harold with the diligence and persistence of a chess player. Is never the one at fault and quick to blame the other party.

 

T.V. EYE

Director: Carter Luckfield = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: Oct. 20-21
Compensation: Deferred payment, plus DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS:  When the television eats Jim’s girlfriend, Jane, he finds himself on the brink of sanity. It’s up to his best friend David to make sacrifices to him get her out.

Characters:

  • JIM OYSTERBERGER (Lead): A musician in his early- to mid 20’s, battling to hold a grip on reality. He is normally a positive, but extreme character. However, he teeters on the edge of sanity with his drug use when his girlfriend gets stuck inside the television.
  • DAVID JONES (Lead): A cocaine-addicted, occult-obsessed man in his early- to mid 20’s. Very hardworking and driven, yet his obsessions currently pull him off track. When Jim calls him for help, he must sweep his struggles under the rug for a friend even deeper in heavy drug abuse.
  • JANE WINTERS (Lead): A beautiful, intelligent mid-20’s girl. As Jim’s girlfriend, she acts as the rock holding down their relationship until things go awry. She is driven and grounded.
  • SITCOM HUSBAND (Supporting): A man in his 20’s or 30’s, wholesome father/husband in hearty sitcom.
  • CRAIG (Supporting): “Vince from Shamwow”-type character: a quirky, upbeat TV infomercial spokesperson in his early- to mid-30’s.
  • MORMON MAN (Supporting): Clean-cut, well-dressed simple man in his 20’s or 30’s.


UPPER LEVEL MANAGEMENT

Director: Carter Glascock = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open for non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: TBA Tennessee
Compensation: Deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals.

SYNOPSIS: Tim Baker is applying for a managerial position at BrainWorks Resolutions. What awaits Tim is the most ridiculously awful job interview of his life, courtesy of Gerry Sullivan, GM of BrainWorks and possible international drug dealer.

Characters:

  • TIM BAKER (Lead, late 20’s): Quiet, polite and somewhat lazy, he has a general disdain for the cocky young professional types that surround him but he himself is too nervous and lackadaisical to fully grasp his own potential. He has an unused art degree, a little previous managerial experience, and nothing to lose.
  • GERRY SULLIVAN (Lead, mid 40’s): A blustering, ragingly insecure and utterly ridiculous man who presents himself to BrainWorks applicants underneath the icy veneer of an upper level executive. He’s fully unaware of how others perceive him. He also has many dark secrets that readily make their way into the most common of conversations.
  • ALEX GARCIA (Lead, mid 30’s): Garcia is an undercover FBI agent who has been trailing Antoine Navarre, the leader of an international drug ring, for months. He is easy to anger and strictly professional. However, when gallows humor presents itself, Garcia simply can’t help himself.
  • CHRISTINE (Supporting, early 40’s): Gerry Sullivan’s secretary, who is kept extraordinarily busy by his ludicrous demands.
  • FELLOW FBI AGENT (Supporting, male, mid 30’s): Garcia’s partner, whose heartstrings are easily pulled.
  • DELIVERY MAN (Supporting, early 20’s): A frequent visitor to Mr. Sullivan’s office, he is simultaneously thoughtful and vapid.
  • SUSPICIOUS LOOKING APPLICANT (Supporting, male, early 20’s): A shifty looking type is probably not in this office strictly for an interview — his knuckles are bloodied and his eyes are bloodshot.


HUMAN ARMS RACE

Director: Austin Cowan = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Tennessee TBA
Shoot Dates: Oct. 26
Compensation: Deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files and meals.

SYNOPSIS: A cannibalistic restaurant owner plans to kill a former investor who has escaped incarceration.

NOTE: This film contains strong language, violence and partial nudity.

Characters:

  • LUCAS PATTERSON (Lead): A smart, and desperate, restaurant owner.
  • AMED MALIK (Lead): An Arabic dictator from mid-Africa who is an investor in Lucas Patterson’s restaurant.
  • SHANNA VITAL (Lead): Amed Malik’s translator and lover.
  •  SCOTT MCADAMS (Supporting): Lucas’s longtime friend and accountant.
  • MAURIA NINSON (Supporting): A nervous news reporter.

CASTING NOTE for the following roles: Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred due to dark nature of the script

  • DYING WOMAN #1 (Supporting, 20-25): Dying woman in a bathtub
  • DYING WOMAN #2 (Supporting, 20-25): Dying woman in a field (nudity required)
  • DIAN FOSSEY (Supporting, 35-45): Zoologist.
  • CAMERAMAN (Supporting, 20-35)
  • GUARD #1 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.
  • GUARD #2 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.
  • GUARD #3 (Supporting, 18-21): mid-African rebel.

 

EMI & MIMI

Director: Emileigh Potter = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open to non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 24-26
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files and meals. (Non-union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay)

SYNOPSIS: After losing her younger sister Mimi, Emi undergoes symptoms of denial the day of Mimi’s funeral.

NOTE: This film contains strong language.

Characters:

  • EMI (Lead, early 20’s): College student, in denial of her sister’s death.
  • MIMI (Lead, 14): A freshman starting high school, she puts the blame of her death on her sister, but knows that it wasn’t Emi’s fault. She’s depressed and alone.


THE WINDOW EAST

Director: Alexander Mattingly = [email protected]
SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student (Production III) with dialogue
Project length: 30 min.
Shooting Location: Cookeville, TN
Shoot Dates: Oct. 24-26 & Nov. 7-9
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS: A wartime thriller set in small town Nebraska: two strangers find each other among the chaos. With a potential invasion on the horizon, and the uncertainty of the future growing every day, George and Susan find a glimpse of happiness in each other. However, their time together is momentary before they must face the reality of the world around them.

Characters:

  • GEORGE HENSLEY (30’s): Charming single father, and transcoder for the military.
  • SUSAN BARNES (late 20’s): Single mother and singer/performer; strong and independent. Loving, yet untrusting of the world and the people in it.
  • DANNY BARNES (7): Susan’s son; full of energy and love for his mother.
  • CAROL LUCERO (late 40’s): Italian American; Susan’s caring neighbor.
  • TOM LUCERO (late 40’s-50’s): Italian American; Carol’s husband.
  • CAPTAIN ARNOLD HAYNES (late 40’s-50’s): Military official tasked with finding George. Stern but understanding.
  • ERIN HENSLEY (late teen): George’s daughter, and window decorator.
  • MPS (late 20’s-30’s): Military officials
  • CHRISTMAS CAROLERS (various ages)

 

CREEP

Director: Hayley Montague = [email protected] • (865) 679-2723
SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open for non-union)
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project length: under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-5
Compensation: Deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals

SYNOPSIS: A young couple gets spooked when they find pictures they did not take on their camera.

Characters:

  • AUBREY (Lead): A young, outgoing photographer in her early to mid twenties.
  • KYLE (Lead): A kindhearted, funny young man in his early to mid twenties. Aubrey’s protective boyfriend.
  • KATHERINE (Supporting): A troubled woman in her mid to late twenties. Aubrey’s “creepy” neighbor.

 

COUCH SURFER

Director: Nicholas Sokol = [email protected] • (615) 870-2136
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Film
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 10-12
Compensation: DVD and Digital copy of final product

SYNOPSIS: A young man is letting his hippie uncle stay on his couch. He becomes a nuisance, but the nephew learns to appreciate his crazy uncle.

Characters:

  • THOMAS (Lead, 25): Professional and hardworking, he comes across as a doormat most of the time. He is too nice for his own good but gets frustrated when his uncle messes up his plans.
  • UNCLE JERRY (Lead, 60s): A hippie who hasn’t had anything to do since the Dead stopped touring. He’s living with his nephew. His favorite things to do are eat and sleep. He is very simple, in a zen state of mind, kind of like Winnie- the-Pooh.
  • KATELYN (Supporting): Overly flirtatious, but a good-hearted person.


THE FINAL

Director: Lyncia Smith [email protected]
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Shooting Location: Nashville area
Shoot Dates: October 10-12
Compensation: DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay
Submission instructions: Email headshot and résumé to [email protected]

SYNOPSIS: Andy, a soon-to-be high school graduate, is fed up with his small town and their views. For his final research paper, assigned by conservative, closed-minded teacher, the topic is the growth of America in the last 50 years. Working on his paper, Andy is conflicted on speaking his mind or holding his tongue to fit in with his conservative community.

  • ANDY (Lead): Handsome but outspoken high school athlete who is quite popular amongst his peers. Normally cool and collected, he is fed up with his community, either by their close-minded viewpoint or stereotypes. While working on his assignment he struggles whether he should voice his opinion or go along with the crowd.
  • MR. WILLIAMS (Lead): In his early-to- mid 60’s, a proud, conservative history teacher. He is headstrong, and straight to business–it’s his way or the highway.
  • GEORGE (Supporting): Quirky best friend of Andy, basically his sidekick. He is the reason that Andy hasn’t lost his mind; through thick and thin, George sticks by Andy no matter what the circumstances.
  • SANDY (Supporting): Andy’s mother, late 40’s to early 50s. Fun and sassy, she is able to give advice and understanding to her son. She supports him in everything and refuses to believe her son isn’t capable of anything.
  • JOCK #1 (Supporting): Conservative student athlete
  • JOCK #2 (Supporting): Conservative student athlete

 

NOTE: Audition date for HITCH ME is Friday, September 19, fro 10 am to 8 pm. Contact director to schedule a later audition

HITCH ME

Director: Thomas Chi = [email protected] = 615-689-5808
SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 15 min.
Shooting Location: Greater Nashville Area
Shoot Dates:  October 31 – November 2
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals; DVD copy, digital file and meals, no pay

SYNOPSIS:  Jay and Elaine are two “friends with benefits” who’ve had a relationship in the past. Jay, Elaine, and their Indian friend Bashir are out at a bar to celebrate Jay going overseas with the military. Bashir is excited because he just got licensed to marry people. He comes up with the idea that Jay and Elaine should be the first couple he marries. Jay tries to get Elaine to agree before time runs out.

NOTE: This film contains strong language, violence and/or nudity.

Characters:*

  • JAY (Lead, mid to late 20′s): A down-to-earth young man who has enlisted in the military and is scheduled to deploy overseas. He has had many relationship problems with his ex-girlfriend Elaine, though he would not mind working things out. (Partial nudity – undergarments)
  • ELAINE (Lead, 20′s): Indecisive, ignorant, and lives in the moment. She is the cause of the failed relationship between her and Jay. (Partial nudity)
  • BASHIR (Lead, 20′s): An Indian young man, a best friend of both Jay and Elaine. He is extremely energetic and dramatic. (Partial nudity – undergarments)
  • JEFF (Supporting, late 30′s to early 50′s): Elaine’s father, a tough and intimidating man. Although he is a short-tempered person with strangers, he is the opposite when it comes to those who are close to him.
  • TRACY (Supporting, late 20′s to early 30′s): A seductive woman, the stereotypical pick-up in a bar or club.

*Emancipated or legal 18+ preferred owing to the dark nature of the script.

 

Co. H Celebrates ‘Mystic Truths’ with July 12 Reception

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Mystic Truths, a multi-media exhibition from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s student-led collective Co. H, will celebrate its summer run with a reception on Saturday, July 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring outstanding work in painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and installation from 15 area artists, the show remains on view through July 18 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Participating artists are:mystic truths 6 Wweb

  • Caleb Adcock, Fine Art, senior (digital prints)
  • Mika Agari, Fine Art, senior (video)
  • David Anderson, Fine Art, junior (painting)
  • Heather Barrie, Fine Art, senior (printmaking)
  • Kevin Dietz, Fine Art, sophomore (printmaking)
  • Elisha Farahmand, Fine Art, junior (video)
  • Michael Hampton, BFA in Fine Art ‘14 (video)
  • Aaron Harper, Fine Art, senior (drawing)
  • Blake Holland, Film, senior (photography)
  • Casey Payne, Fine Art, junior (painting)
  • Zack Rafuls, Fine Art, senior (sculpture)
  • Alexine Rioux, BFA in Fine Art, ’14 (printmaking)
  • Kayla Saito, Fine Art, senior (sculpture)
  • Luke Weir, Fine Art, junior (conceptual/installation)
  • Weng Tze Yang, photography, senior (photographic installation)

 

mystic truths1 Wweb“Mystic Truths: A Group Show from Co. H and Friends” collects work from Co. H council members, collaborators and studio mates in order to present a survey of some of the best Watkins-created work. Showcasing current students and recent graduates, “Mystic Truths” includes work across many disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation and printmaking. The title of the show is pulled from Bruce Nauman’s 1967 neon sign piece “The True Artist Helps The World By Revealing Mystic Truths,” referencing the function of the artist in ironic and hopeful lights simultaneously while also directly supplanting the work within a contemporary context and dialogue.

Currey Gallery’s summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.  Free parking is available in the campus lot.

About Co. Hmystic truths2 Wweb
A collective of artists from various disciplines of the visual arts, Co. H provides opportunities for both students and professionals pursuing and/or working in the arts. Founded at Watkins in 2011, Co. H activity includes hosting lecture by artists and art professionals, holding studio critiques and collaborating on multi-disciplinary performances within the community. Visit http://companyh.tumblr.com

About Bruce Nauman
From PBS.org/art21:
Born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bruce Nauman has been recognized since the early 1970s as one of the most innovative and provocative of America’s contemporary artists. Nauman finds inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of everyday life. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964, and with an MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 1966. Confronted with the question “What to do?” in his studio soon after leaving school, Nauman had the simple but profound realization that “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.” Working in the diverse mediums of sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance, and installation, Nauman concentrates less on the development of a characteristic style and more on the way in which a process or activity can transform or become a work of art. A survey of his diverse output demonstrates the alternately political, prosaic, spiritual, and crass methods by which Nauman examines life in all its gory details, mapping the human arc between life and death. The text from an early neon work proclaims: “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths.” Whether or not we—or even Nauman—agree with this statement, the underlying subtext of the piece emphasizes the way in which the audience, artist, and culture at large are involved in the resonance a work of art will ultimately have. Nauman lives in New Mexico.

Bruce Nauman True Artist sign Bruce Nauman, “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths,” neon and clear glass tubing suspension supports; 59 x 55 x 2 inches, 1967(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

From smarthistory.khanacademy.org
Bruce Nauman’s neon sign asks a multitude of questions with regard to the 
ways in which the 20th century conceived both avant-garde art and the role of the 
artist in society. If earlier European modernists, such as Mondrian, 
Malevich, and Kandinsky, sought to use art 
to reveal deep-seated truths about the human condition and the role of the artist 
in general, then Bruce Nauman’s “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing 
Mystic Truths” questions such transhistorical and universal 
statements. With regard to this work, Nauman said:

The most difficult thing about the whole piece for me was the statement. It 
was a kind of test—like when you say something out loud to see if you 
believe it. Once written down, I could see that the statement [...] was on 
the one hand a totally silly idea and yet, on the other hand, I believed it. 
It’s true and not true at the same time. It depends on how you interpret it 
and how seriously you take yourself. For me it’s still a very strong thought.

Steven Womack Keeps Mystery Alive with ‘Resurrection Bay’

Posted on: June 15th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Resurrection Bay  coverWatkins Professor Steven Womack, a member of the Film School faculty since 1995 and an award-winning mystery writer, will see his eleventh novel, the suspense-thriller Resurrection Bay, published June 8 by Midnight Ink Books.

Resurrection Bay is inspired by the real-life case of serial killer Robert Hansen who, in the 1970s through the early 80s, murdered as many as 21 women around Anchorage, Alaska. The novel is a collaboration between Womack and Wayne McDaniel, whose original screenplay was the basis of the project.

Per Midnight Ink Books:

From Edgar Award-winning author Steven Womack and Wayne McDaniel comes a force of evil on par with Hannibal Lecter in a heart-pounding page-turner you can’t put down.

Decatur Kaiser seems like an ordinary family man with a passion for hunting and a wall full of trophies to prove it. Every June, Decatur sends his wife and kids to visit the grandparents so he can start his summer project.

Fueled by cocaine and a complete disregard for human life, Decatur kidnaps a young woman and flies to a deserted island in the middle of Resurrection Bay. There he abuses and tortures her, then turns his victim loose and hunts her like big game through the Alaskan wilderness.

Summer after summer, Decatur collects his trophies.

Inspired by the real-life story of Alaska’s most famous serial killer, Resurrection Bay is a classic study of evil: where it comes from, how it operates, and what it takes to bring it down.

Two author signings are scheduled locally: Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m at Parnassus Books and Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Cool Springs.

More information on Resurrection Bay is available via Amazon and Facebook  and at www.stevenwomack.com.

About the Author
A native of Nashville, Steve Womack is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy and Tulane University, where an unpublished novel of his was the first novel ever accepted as an undergraduate honors thesis. He also holds an M.F.A. from the Southampton College writing program.

Six of his 10 novels have received national recognition, including the highest award presented to writers in the field of mystery and crime fiction. Womack’s third book, Dead Folks’ Blues, was presented the 1994 Edgar Allan Poe Award as Best Original Paperback Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. The novel featured bumbling ex-newspaperman turned private detective Harry James Denton and was called by the Virginia Pilot And Ledger Star a “virtuoso performance.”

Murder Manual, the fifth installment in the series, was published by Ballantine Books in 1998 and was accorded nominations in the “Triple Crown” of mystery. The novel was nominated for the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award as Best Original Paperback Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Murder Manual was awarded the 1999 Shamus Award as Best Paperback Original by the Private Eye Writers of America. The book was also nominated for The Anthony Award, given by members of Bouchercon, The World Mystery Convention.

Steve Womack headshotDirty Money, the sixth installment in the award-winning Harry James Denton series, was published in 2000 by Fawcett Books and was called “irresistible” by the New York Times. The book was also nominated for the Shamus Award as Best Original Paperback Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America.

The second Harry James Denton mystery, Torch Town Boogie (1993), was also nominated for the Shamus Award, as was the third installment in the Denton series, Way Past Dead (1995). The New York Times called Way Past Dead “a real hoot,” and added that “Harry has something that cuts him apart from the rest of the herd.”

The fourth installment in the series, Chain Of Fools (1996), was nominated for both the Shamus and Anthony Awards. The Harry James Denton novels have been published in Japan, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

Womack is also the author of the Jack Lynch books, a trilogy featuring public relations executive/spinmeister Jack Lynch. The first in that series of novels, Murphy’s Fault was called by The New York Times “tough and articulate” in naming the book to its 1990 annual List of Notable Books as one of the top novels of the year, the only first crime novel on that year’s list.

Publishers Weekly called Murphy’s Fault, “a welcome addition to the genre.” First published in hardcover by St. Martin’s Press, the novel was also published in paperback in 1991. Completing the Jack Lynch saga were Smash Cut (1991) and The Software Bomb (1993).

In addition to writing, Womack is a professor of screenwriting at the Film School of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, where he previously served a five-year term as Chair. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, has been a Regional Vice-President of the Mystery Writers of America and for several years led a fiction writing workshop at the Tennessee State Prison. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Mid-South regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Womack co-wrote the screenplay for Proudheart, an original made-for-cable movie which premiered in August 1993 on The Nashville Network and was nominated for a CableAce Award. He also co-wrote the ABC-TV film Volcano: Fire On The Mountain, which first aired in February 1997 and was one of the highest-rated TV movies of the year.

Womack is a former president of Novelists, Inc., an organization of multi-published professional novelists. He is still a member of Novelists, Inc. as well as The Writers Guild of America, East. A frequent speaker, Womack regularly appears on writers’ panels and at book fairs, including the Southern Book Festival, the North Carolina Literary Festival, the Kentucky Book Fair, the Southeast Writers Association and Bouchercon, The World Mystery Convention.

HerStory Institute Summer Cinema Series Screens at Watkins

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

“We are very excited to partner with HerStory Institute to provide summer screenings to the public that highlight the storytelling of female filmmakers from around the globe,” said Mary Beth Harding, director of Watkins’ Community Education department. “Through this partnership we hope to empower and inspire female artists in our community, and we look forward to furthering such opportunities by hosting the inaugural Her Point of View Film Festival during Labor Day weekend.”

Upcoming HerStory Screenings in the Watkins Theater:

Saturday, June 14

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Alexis Krasilovsky
5:00 p.m.

Featuring more than 50 camerawomen from around the world, and shot over a period of six years, Shooting Women, by pioneering filmmaker and cinema studies professor Alexis Krasilovsky, celebrates the amazing talent and unflinching spirit of image-making women from the sets of Hollywood and Bollywood to the war zones of Afghanistan. This internationally-acclaimed DOC, based on Krasilovsky’s book “Women Behind the Camera,” broaches the persistent issues of the glass ceiling, sexual harassment, and childcare for professional camerawomen around the globe—working from environments where raising such issues is seen as “unprofessional.”

Despite the Gods image Despite the Gods
Penny Vozniak
7:00 p.m.

Welcome to India! Home of the world’s largest movie industry, where mere mortal film stars are worshiped with the same fervor as timeless Indian Gods, and the new buzzword ‘co-production’ looms on the lips of Indian financiers keen to form a Bollywood-Hollywood alliance. In 2008, Hollywood’s prodigal daughter, Jennifer Lynch, daughter of film director David Lynch, travels to India to direct “Hisss,” a creature-FEA film about the vengeful snake goddess Nagin. But things go wrong very quickly–perhaps there is a good reason why Hollywood and Bollywood have never blended like this before. With uncensored candour, Lynch can only cheerlead and watch with equal parts hope, part despair as her beloved “Hisss” strays further and further away from her original vision. Surrounded by a team of truly wonderful Indian crew, her 12-year-old daughter and a cast of Bollywood stars, she does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters.

Admission to each screening is $12 (purchase tickets online).

More screenings (see event site for descriptions):

Tuesday, June 17: Finding Hope for Reactive Affective Disorder, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24: Light Fly, Fly High, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 28: Beneath the Harvest Sky – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 12: Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights – 2 screenings: 3 p.m & 7 p.m.
and Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 19: Homebound  – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 26: Redemption Trail – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 2: The Milky Way – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 9: It Felt Like Love – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 16: Bringing Hemp Home, 5 p.m., and The Carbon Rush, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 23: Justice for Sale, 5 p.m., and Pushing the Elephant, 7 p.m.

For more information about the films, including trailers, visit www.herpointofview.tv. To purchase tickets please visit www.herpointofview.tv/tickets. For more information about Her Point of View or to submit your film project for programming consideration, please visit their website or call 615-656-3858.

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Co. H Screens for ‘Attention’ at Track One

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

In an effort to combat culturally induced impatience and shortened attention spans, student art collective Co. H presents ATTENTION, a juried, hour-long screening of video art, on Friday, June 20, at the Track One Building. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a reception at 8 p.m. before the screening at 9 p.m.

Time-based art (in other words, work that is to be experienced in duration) suffers as a result of these “culture of now” factors; as such, the work here is presented in succession, as a screening, rather than installed in space to be addressed in passing. ATTENTION features 15 videos from both students and professors working in Nashville and Chattanooga, as well as from artists based in Pennsylvania and New York.

Participating artists:

  • Co H June 20 2014 AttentionBenjamin Anderson
  • Sharyn Bachleda
  • Keren Beddoe
  • Kellie Bornhoft
  • Bradley Braunschweig
  • Ann Catherine Carter & Tyler Blankenship
  • Elisha Farahmand
  • Holden Head
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • Ron Lambert
  • Casey Payne
  • Angel Renta
  • William Stewart
  • Hannah Taylor
  • Chelsea Velaga

The Track One Building is located at 1211 4th Avenue South (4th and Chestnut), Nashville/37210, in the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood.

Launched at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 20111, Co. H is a collective of artists from various disciplines of the visual arts providing opportunities for both students and professionals pursuing and/or working in the arts. For more information, visit companyh.tumblr.com

Film School Alumni Produce Star-Studded Summer Flick

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Alumni Brooke Bernard and Ryan Zacarias, producers at Nomadic Independence Pictures in Nashville,  just finished producing the summer film “Ping Pong Summer” with an all-star cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and Lea Thompson. “Ping Pong Summer” was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival as well as SXSW. The film opens June 6 in theaters across the country. Connect with the film on facebook to see interviews with the cast as well as to get updates about when the film will be showing near you. Check out the trailer below:

Sam Dalton Shares Adventuring Spirit in Notable Travel Guide

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to Film School Visiting Faculty Sam Dalton, among the writers contributing to 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel (Sellers Publishing), recently named a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards from ForeWord Reviews. 65 Things to Do cover

A follow‐up volume to 65 Things To Do When You Retire —which The Wall Street Journal called “one of the year’s best guides to later life”—this travel-themed edition features more than 65 writers and travel experts revealing personal adventures and offering practical advice for a fulfilling retirement, whether they are looking for physical adventure, a spiritual journey or sightseeing to far-flung places.

Sam’s essay is entitled “Enrich Your Life: Travel in Search of Adventure”:

My taste in travel rarely involves cruise ships, tour buses and luxury high-rise hotels, not that there’s any thing that’s particularly unattractive to me about patronizing any of them. For me, life is an adventure, always coursing though interesting things to do and places to see that I’m fervent about exploring. Regardless of my destination, I either find or create adventure along every life-enriching step of my way. You too can discover adventure anywhere, especially when you guide your heart in its direction. 

Thanks to the generosity of the contributing authors, all of whom provided essays on a pro bono basis, the royalties generated from the sale of this book will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.

Foreword Reviews is the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, and their awards recognize the best books from independent publishers in more than 60 fiction and nonfiction categories; winners of the 16th annual competition will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 27.

About  Sam Dalton
Sam Dalton is an accomplished Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy, a two-time national Telly, and a Parent’s Choice award-winning television and motion picture actor, writer, director, producer and television and print journalist with over 35-years of hands-on experience in all phases of the entertainment and communications media, on both sides of a camera.

He is also a distinguished educator, teaching a rotating series of required and special topics college curriculum courses at Watkins, including “The Fundamentals of Production,” “Production II & IV Film Making,” “Directing Workshop”, “The Business of the Biz,” “The World of Documentaries & Edutainment,” and “Mastering The Art of Pitching.” His summers are spent teaching  pre-college film making programs at the four-week Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the three-week Watkins Pre-College Program—Production/Film Track, and the two-week Presser Performing Arts Center Film Camp in Mexico, Missouri. Films produced by young film makers enrolled in the Watkins Pre-College summer Film Program have been selected for their world premieres at the Nashville Film Festival for the past consecutive four years.

A long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, he has a lengthy list of performing credits, including the role of Coach Gurntz in the original 1984 Paramount motion picture Footloose and a two-year stint in a recurring role on the NBC network daytime series Santa Barbara. Other roles include co-starring parts in numerous movies-of-the-week, network prime-time dramas and situation comedies. He continues to act in stage plays, motion pictures and television programs as well as in many films written and produced by the filmmakers of Watkins Film School.

Prior to joining Watkins, he served for two years as an executive producer, writer and director for The Illusion Factory—a $2.5B Los Angeles based motion picture and television entertainment production, promotion, and public relations company—and was responsible for writing and producing Live To Tell About It and Bully 911—winner of a Parents’ Choice award and double Telly awards.

Boomer Adventure logoIn addition to a broadcast career that includes stints at several major market network television affiliates, Sam’s latest venture is serving as Creator, Co-Executive Producer and host of “Boomer Adventures,” a brand new baby boomer adventure travel television program that is a co-venture between Sam and the multiple Emmy-winning producing team of the Tennessee Renaissance Center. “Boomer Adventures” is set to premiere on WNPT (PBS Nashville) and other PBS affiliates throughout the Southeast in January of 2015.

 

Spring ’14 Films Screen May 5-8

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

The Film School presents its Spring 2014 productions May 5-8 in the Watkins Theater.  More than 40 narrative and experimental projects from four production classes will be shown. Admission and parking are free.

Watkins Spring 2014 Student Screenings

Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. = Production I

Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. = Production II

Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. = Production III

Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m = Production IV and various student works

 

Student Film Showcase Screens April 25 at Nashville Film Festival

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Caroline Davis

In conjunction with the 45th annual Nashville Film Festival, The Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of nine short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by the Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes from the 2013 spring and fall semesters.

“Watkins is proud to showcase these films.  They demonstrate the richness of ideas and the variety of styles of our storytellers,” said Richard Gershman, associate professor and chair of the Film School.  “We appreciate the Nashville Film Festival’s commitment to the next generation of filmmakers and the opportunity to present these exciting new works to a wider audience.”

While there is no admission charge, reservations are encouraged because seating is limited: email name and contact information to [email protected] (limit 2 tickets per person).

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The selected films, with directors, are

  • This Barren Land – Christin Sites, director
  • Breaking Free – Michael Eggers, director
  • In Jesus’, Yahweh’s, Allah’s Name, Amen – Travis Slagle, director
  • White – Andrew Von Nieda, director
  • Butchie & Kate – David Keane, director
  • Makris, The Sock Monkey – Alison Goedde, director
  • Mostly Cloudy – Noel Costill, director
  • Springtime in the Sorrowing Hole – Joe Hemphill, director
  • I Know You – Calen Smith, director

See below for a more detailed screening list.

About the Program
The Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is distinguished by a film curriculum that explores the artistic, technical and business aspects of independent filmmaking. With a focus on dramatic narrative film, the Film School helps students find their personal voice and style in order to incorporate these elements into their narrative work. All film students take film courses their first year of study and begin production within their second year, depending on their program of study. Production courses are small, allowing for faculty mentoring and advising and close collaboration with colleagues.

The Film School offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Film with concentration in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography and Editing. In addition to the film curriculum, students are required to complete a Visual Arts Core of studies and a General Education Core, designed to create a program for a well-rounded filmmaker and visual artist.

About the Nashville Film Festival
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The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 17–26, 2014, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an extended 10-day celebration of film. NaFF is in two locations for the first time: Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 with 200 competition films, educational presentations and parties, and downtown at Nissan Multicultural Village, Walk of Fame Park with free outdoor films nightly and Happy Hour Shorts at Festival Pub. NaFF is a public festival attended by filmmakers and industry insiders and an Academy Award Qualifying Event for short films.  In addition to Nissan, NaFF is sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity, Cabedge Design, Regal Entertainment Group, Southwest Airlines, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts of Nashville. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.

 

Watkins’ 2013 Student Film Showcase: Program Schedule

 

THIS BARREN LAND (20:45)
With the help of her best friend, a girl tries to overcome the complacency of being trapped in the circle of poverty that has captured a small, drug-induced town.

Christin Sites This Barren Land still

from “This Barren Land”

Director: Christin Sites
Screenwriters: Christin Sites and David Keane
Producer: Stephanie Adams
Cinematographer: Jeremy Bolden
Editor: Emma Holyfield
Sound editor: Austin Klinger

 

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from “Breaking Free”

BREAKING FREE (11:46)
In the future, America has become a dystopian society.  One man must decide whether to comply with the new rules and regulations, or defy them and suffer the consequences.

Written, produced and directed by Michael Eggers
Cinematographer:  Hunter Billings
Editor:  William Rucker
Sound editors:  William Rucker, Sydney Hood and Chris Gentle

IN JESUS’, YAHWEH’S, ALLAH’S NAME, AMEN (13:40)
A young boy experimenting with different religions receives counseling from the worst child psychiatrist imaginable.

Written, produced and directed by Travis Slagle
Cinematographer: Austin Boylen
Editor: Donald Bittinger
Sound editor: Nick Sokol

WHITE (4:59)
Katy finds herself in a white room with a voice that talks to her. As Katy starts to question what is happening and why she is there, things start to become clear.

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from “White”

Written and directed by Andrew Von Nieda
Producer: Robbie Baldassari
Cinematographer: Jeremy Bolden
Editor: Kari Symington
Sound editor: Jeremy Bolden

BUTCHIE & KATE (22:07)
Butchie is a lifelong street guy. He’s a bookie, a heavy, a loan shark and he wouldn’t want it any other way. When one of his superiors dies unexpectedly, Butchie is tasked with escorting his former boss’s longtime mistress, Kate, to the funeral services.

Written and directed by David Keane
Producers: Michael Rumchaks and David Keane
Cinematographer: Jeremy Bolden
Editors: Emma Holyfield and Chris Roman

Alison Goedde, Makris

from “Makris, The Sock Monkey”

MAKRIS, THE SOCK MONKEY (4:54)
Makris is a lonely sock monkey who just needs a friend.

Written, produced and directed by Alison Goedde
Cinematographer: Nick Sokol
Editor: Alison Goedde
Sound editor: Alison Goedde

MOSTLY CLOUDY (12:43)
Isaac has lost all hope in the human race. His loneliness, dead-end office job, and bleak outlook on civilization push him to the edge of sanity.

Produced and directed by Noel Costill
Screenwriters: Noel Costill and Rhyan Costill
Cinematographer: Christopher Hallowell
Editor: Noel Costill
Sound designer: Noel Costill

SPRINGTIME IN THE SORROWING HOLE (12:16)
A Dutch World War II officer recalls his part in Holland’s campaign for vengeance in May 1945.

Written, produced and directed by Joe Hemphill
Cinematographer: Sergio Ramos
Editor: David Large
Sound editor: David Large

I KNOW YOU (14:18)
After his wife falls ill, Jack knows he cannot afford the hospital bills. He decides to get the money by any means necessary, even if that means taking it from somebody else.

Written and directed by Calen Smith
Producer: Michael Rumchaks
Cinematographer: Jeremy Bolden
Editor: Calen Smith