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POSTPONED — Ashley Hunt Lecture & Screening — POSTPONED

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!

 

The original announcement follows.

The artist, activist and filmmaker Ashley Hunt—who merges art and politics in work concerned with questions of institutional power—will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, February 19, as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

AshleyHunt headshot WwebOver the past 15 years, through various projects employing video, photography, mapping and writing, Hunt has focused on ways people understand, respond to and conceive of themselves within systems of power. Rather than seeing art and activism as distinct pursuits, he approaches them as complementary, drawing upon social movements and contemporary cultural theory as his work addresses important trends towards documentary and participatory practices in contemporary art.

SPECIAL SCREENING: The day before Hunt’s visit—Wednesday, February 18—Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.AshleyHunt-1 Corrections promo Wweb

“Ashley Hunt has addressed some of the most pressing social issues of our era, and he has done so with political savvy and artistic sophistication,” said Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history at Watkins. “His work offers a permanent rebuke to anyone who still believes that the merger of art and politics means the triumph of politics over art.”

About Ashley Hunt

Ashley Hunt has played the role of an activist-journalist in his investigations of power and politics in contemporary society, using video, photography, mapping and writing to engage contemporary social movements and public discourse. His work addresses systems that enable certain people to accumulate power and those that disempower others.

Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project (and which includes footage he filmed in Tennessee), and his Prison Maps.

AshleyHunt-6 scribble man WwebOther investigations by Hunt have focused on community identity and the demise of welfare state institutions (Communograph), war and disaster capitalism (9 Scripts from a Nation at War, A World Map: in which we see…), documentary representations (As Flowers Turn Toward the Sun, Par Course A), and political activism (Undeliverable Address). His 2010 performance, Notes on the Emptying of a City, explored the first-person politics of being in New Orleans with a camera in the months following Hurricane Katrina, when he engaged with community activists to research the city’s refusal to evacuate the Orleans Parish Prison. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He was also included in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and the 3rd Bucharest Biennial. In 2007, Hunt collaborated with Sharon Hayes and other artists on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, a project that has been the subject of a number of exhibitions internationally.

Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts, March 2013

Based in Los Angeles, Hunt is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He is an alumnus of the University of California at Irvine (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Hear Ashley Hunt at TEDxCalArts: Liveness, performance, and this exact place in time

Now in its fifth year, The Watkins Visiting Artists Series (VAS), with support from the Humanities Tennessee Grant Program, welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. Watkins full house 9561 RHQuaytman lecture 1.29.14 WwebThe guest artists, whose work crosses many disciplinary boundaries, give public presentations, sharing their expertise and perspectives on their careers and providing insight into issues facing contemporary artists and designers. The VAS offers the area’s cultural community a rare opportunity to engage the work and ideas of trendsetting visual artists, designers, filmmakers and intellectuals. The critically acclaimed initiative has not only brought a number of internationally renowned artists to Nashville—like first-time visitors Harrell Fletcher, R. H. Quaytman, David Hilliard, Jonathan Katz, Alec Soth and Artemio Rodriguez—but it has also invigorated the local art scene by introducing artists working in new media and performance—artists like Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Liz Magic Laser (2013 New York Armory Artist)—and those expanding the parameters of traditional media and art practice—such as Chris Sickels, Deborah Luster (2013 Guggenheim Fellow) and Natalia Almada (2013 MacArthur Fellow).

The 2015 Watkins VAS is a three-lecture initiative: the series kicked off with letterer/illustrator Jessica Hische on January 22 and will conclude with multiple-media artist/writer Martha Rosler on (tentatively) Thursday, March 12.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, including updates to programming and future series guests, visit this website or call 615-383-4848.

ht_colorFounded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, civil discourse, and an appreciation of history, diversity, and community among Tennesseans. Statewide programs include the annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠, the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops, a variety of History & Culture programs, Grants & Awards for teachers and community organizationsChapter16.org, among many others.

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Film School Invites Local Talent to Audition on February 7 for Spring Productions

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2015 student film projects on Saturday, February 7, at the Watkins campus in MetroCenter.

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Orson Welles on the set of “MacBeth,” 1948

Directors of approximately 20 productions from the BFA film program at Watkins 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 résumés and headshots (or a photo can be taken at the reading).

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) for individual productions 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. – Young men and women, age range 8-18
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Amy Heckerling filming “Clueless,” 1995

Visit this site for more information or email auditions@watkins.edu.

An additional opportunity for actors to work on camera will be offered at the February 7 call: Professor Richard Gershman’s Advanced Directing Class is looking for males and females, ages 20-50, for scene work. More details below.

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.

EXTRA OPPORTUNITY: Film School Actor/Director Workshop

The Film School is looking for male and female actors, 20 -50 years old, to participate in an 8-week session (Feb 12 through April 9) in conjunction with our Advanced Directing Class. The actors would work on at least two scenes, which would be rehearsed and filmed during this period. Attendance at all sessions is not required. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.. There is no cost to the actors and each actor will have access to an electronic copy of his/her scene.

The instructor is Richard Gershman, Chair of the Film School, who has directed nationally for theatres like the Mark Taper Forum and Seattle Repertory Theatre and for CBS dramas Chicago Hope and Judging Amy, working with notable actors including Adam Arkin, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly and Mark Harmon, among many others.

Scenes from the following films will be used: Misery, Night Moves, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Silver Linings Playbook, Zodiac and others.

Sides will be available at the casting call for those who would like to audition for this workshop project.

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PRODUCTION BREAKDOWNS

PAPI’S STORY

Director: Angel Brewer = abrewer@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II, With Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 8, 15-16
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Kellen’s fathers, Abel and Chad, are already struggling to keep his viral load under control when life, culture and family complicate things. What lengths will Abel go to keep his family together?

Characters:

  • ABEL (Lead, 25-35) Foreign-born gay man. He is an author and stay at home dad. His main motivation is family. He is the emotional center of the piece. He succumbs to cancer over the course of the story. Accent required and bilingual preferred. Special consideration will be given to Spanish, Asian or Eastern European performances.
  • CHAD (Lead, 25-40) American gay man who is left to pick up the pieces with a sick child and dying partner. A slap stunt will be required.
  • KELLEN (Supporting, 7-12) Adopted son of Abel and Chad. He was born HIV positive. He begins the film in decline. He is a charming, courageous and hopeful big-eyed child.
  • AUDREY (Supporting): Partly Native American post-op transsexual. She is the writing partner and best friend to Abel and Chad. She embodies the fable of the Changing Woman from Native American folklore. This can be played by a masculine female or effeminate male.
  • DR. JUNE (Supporting): She is a Pediatric AIDs specialist; well-fed, shorter woman with a huge Southern personality. She prefers the company of children and speaks directly to them rather than the parents.
  • MRS. LEON (Supporting, 50+): Mother of Abel. She is foreign woman of means and class. Accent required and bilingual preferred. Special consideration will be given to Spanish, Asian or Eastern European performances. A slap stunt will be required.
  • BOB (Supporting): Father of twin girls at a birthday party.

NOTE: Extra children and parents needed for a birthday party.

 

TAYLOR’S RAID

Director: Joseph Hemphill = jhemphill@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project Length: Short film (15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Columbus, OH
Shoot Dates: March 13-17
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging. Non-union: No pay, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging

Synopsis: Gene Taylor, challenging for the state seat in Ohio’s infamous 19th Senatorial District, finds himself in the midst of an unhealthy partnership with wealthy land developer Jim Wilson. In exchange for political support and campaign funds, Gene’s sister Molly is forced to use her small, lakeside marina as a port for laundering Jim’s profits from the hijackings of local cigarette trucks. But as the primary nears, Gene learns his campaign is about to be audited by the state election committee, and as a result must decide whether to continue the platform…and risk losing everything he and his sister have worked for.

Characters:

  • GENE TAYLOR (Late 30’s, average size, blue-collar years catching up to him): Though he’s a born politician, he prefers to spend his time outside ritzy society as much as possible. This doesn’t quell is frustrations of being powerless, and his growing realization that he’s becoming a political puppet. His mild, Midwest demeanor is put to the test when he learns of the campaign audit.
  • JIM WILSON (Late 50’s-early 60’s, clean-shaven, slow moving, suffers from a moderate case of emphysema): He’s rich, powerful and always expects to get his way. His political footprint has helped Gene remain a contender in the primary race, something he’s exploited to help with his seedy truck-jacking operation. When threatened, Jim will strike without mercy with everything he’s got.
  • MOLLY TAYLOR (Late 30’s): Gene’s older sister. She’s calm, fun, and will do anything to support her brother, even if that means allowing Jim to use her marina as a means of cleaning his money. She loves the lake, and is often the voice of reason in Gene’s life despite her growing fear of the looming campaign audit.
  • MICHAEL DiPRONIO (Early 40’s): An intuitive, vicious politician; current incumbent for the district and Gene’s opponent. He loves to win and gloat, and will use the extent of his power to keep it that way. A run at congress seems inevitable.

 

THE CONFESSIONAL

Director: Sergio Ramos (210-273-8291) = sramos@watkins.edu
Production Type: Production 4 (written in conjunction with Hannah Strobel)
Shoot Dates: March 6-8
Compensation: Meals and gas reimbursement available for shooting days.

Synopsis: When Saul comes in for a confession, Father Josh, a young priest just out of the seminary, must use his faith and own wisdom to help prevent a tragic ending.

Characters:

  • FATHER JOSH: A 32-year-old priest with a deep connection to his faith and vow to the church. New to the priesthood, he has a strong desire to help Saul overcome frustrations with the life that Saul believes has taken a turn for the worse.
  • SAUL: A man in his mid 50’s struggling to overcome several major obstacles and tests. Recently divorced and without the company of or contact with his child, he finds the loneliness is overwhelming. With the loss of his job he is pushed over the edge, leading him to contemplate suicide. He goes to the church with the hope that maybe something can restore his faith in humanity.
  • MR. WILLIAMS (Mid 40’s): Owner of a small insurance company that only wishes to increase productivity and profit. He fires Saul because of his consistent care for the customers’ budgetary needs rather than the company’s want for selling the most expensive insurance package.
  • MARK (21 years old): Saul’s son, currently in college. Coping with the divorce of his parents he has grown independent from his parents and more focused in succeeding in his studies. This has caused a rift in the communication and relationship he has with his father.

 

THE COMMISSION

Director: Corey Miller = CRMiller@Watkins.edu
Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory Eligible
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project Length: Short Film (25 minutes)
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 13-15
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment (if applicable), DVD Copy, Digital File, Meals, and Gas Compensation (if applicable)

Synopsis: Andrew North, a fairly successful painter, is commissioned by Ben Alessi to make a piece of art for him. Ben offers Andrew an inordinate amount of money, which Andrew can’t turn down. The deal turns out to be too good to be true, and things become complicated when Andrew’s wife, Emory, and Ben’s assistant, Miranda, get involved.

Characters:

  • BEN ALESSI (Lead): A man in his 30’s; tall, strong, somewhat intimidating but charming and handsome. On the surface Ben appears to be an accomplished and respectable man, but has an edge of untrustworthiness. Ben works at an online publication as a part-time art critic and goes to Andrew’s art gallery opening. He asks Andrew, who does not usually work for commission, to paint him a piece of art. Andrew agrees because of Ben’s promise of paying him a great amount. Ben has ulterior motives to the deal, which reveal themselves after Andrew has agreed.
  • EMORY NORTH (Lead): A woman in her late 20’s / early 30’s, married to Andrew. Emory is somewhat shy and coy, but has a forceful way about her. She is growing frustrated with her husband’s job and his lack of financial support. She works a full time job at the same publication as Ben, and gets caught up in the deal he strikes with Andrew.
  • MIRANDA LINCOLN (Supporting): A woman in her 20’s; works as Ben’s assistant in his home. Miranda plays a vital role in ensuring that Andrew gets the commissioned artwork done. While she is distant with Andrew at the beginning of the process, she becomes a great aid to him along the way.
  • CLINTON RAMSEY (Supporting): A man in his 20’s; an eager but naive recent college graduate. He works for Andrew as his assistant, and informs Andrew of Ben’s offer.
  • COLIN CAMPOS (Supporting): A man in his 40’s; curator of a large museum. He meets with Ben regarding a favor that he owes Ben, and helps him with the scheme he has with Andrew.
  • REPORTER (Supporting): Can be male or female, in his/her mid 30’s; speaks with Andrew about his experience with Ben and the commissioned artwork offer.

 

THE PROPOSAL

Director: Alison Goedde = agoedde@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project length: Aprox. 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 20-22
Compensation: No pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or SAG deferred.

Synopsis: A dramatic comedy where an over analytical woman named Pam finds that knowledge is power when her brother is going to propose to his girlfriend of four months. Pam knows some things about his soon-to-be fiancé that her brother doesn’t.

Characters:

  • PAM FETTERS (Lead): A woman in her 30’s, traumatized by her own love life. Always overthinks everything and is a bit of a control freak, but does has a sense of humor.
  • JULIAN FETTERS (Lead): Pam’s successful, yet bumbling brother in his late 30’s. Grateful to have his heart chained up by his über hot girlfriend, but is clueless as to the real reason she’s dating him: money.
  • CHAD SHACKS (Supporting): Julian’s best friend, in his late 30’s. Over-confident womanizer, dresses well, is very laid back.
  • FRANCESCA VEGA (Supporting): Julian’s well-endowed fashionista girlfriend. Mid 30’s and oblivious to most everything, though very charming and well aware of her looks.
  • ANNA BLANCO (Supporting): Francesca’s tag-along and a Francesca wannabe, in her 30’s, though not as well endowed as Francesca.
  • LELAND FETTERS (Supporting): Typical adolescent boy, 14; is only really happy when gaming on his phone. Brother of Pam and Julian.
  • EDITH FETTERS (Supporting): Pam, Julian and Leland’s mother, in her 50’s. Oblivious, Chatty-Cathy mother who loves her boys and puts pressure on Pam to succeed in life and produce her some grandchildren ASAP.
  • ELMER FETTERS (Supporting): Pam, Julian and Leland’s father, in his late 50’s, loves his wife; aware of her chattiness and has a humor about it.
  • WAITER/WAITRESS (Featured): Works at the restaurant.
  • Other silent bits: OLDER LADY, CAB DRIVER

 

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Director: Jerome Hooks = Jhooks@watkins.edu
Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III
Project Length: Short Film (10 minutes)
Shooting Location: Franklin
Shoot dates: March 15–March 22

Synopsis: A small town boy named Brian finally gets his dream jobin the Big Apple. Brian’s journey is cut short when his 1976 Coupe de Ville breaks down on the open road, and he is ambushed by a group of thieves in a painters van.

Characters:

  • BRIAN JACKSON (Lead): Black male in his 20’s. Brian is ambitious with lots of fight; he is also humorous and enjoys the little things in life.
  • VAN DRIVER (Supporting): Rugged Caucasian male in his 40’s; scary but humble and can get over on just about anyone.
  • NUN (Supporting): Quiet and calm Spanish woman in her late 30’s.
  • WISE COUPLE (Supporting): Older white man and woman, filled with wisdom; both are timid and quite funny together.
  • POLICE OFFICER (Supporting): A Caucasian male in his 40s with a thick country accent, he is loud and sort of humorous.

 

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Director: Jonathan Terry =  jterry@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Production II with dialogue
Project length: 5-10 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 27-29
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: no pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A college student wants to find closure with his ex-girlfriend, but the world gives him answers he doesn’t see coming.

Characters:

  • DONNIE JOHNSON (Lead, 18 years old): Has had all summer to deal with his breakup, now wants to move on to college to get a change in his life. Donnie still misses Mary, his ex,  as he feels that he was given no clear explanation as to what went wrong. Donnie is intelligent, thoughtful and makes careful decisions; obsessed with burning matches.
  • MARY TURNER (Lead, 18 years old): Donnie’s ex-girlfriend. Mary is a trapped soul who does whatever is cool just to fit in. She is soft spoken and although she gives off a cold impression, is very hwarmhearted and filled with emotion. Smoker.
  • ANDREW WATSON (Supporting, 18-19): Cool,  popular teen who persuades his way into and out of every situation. His words are sharp and calculated. It is without a doubt that Andrew should be a lawyer.

 

THE BASEMENT

Director: Robin Summer = robinsummer.productions@gmail.com
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II with Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 20-22
Compensation: No pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or SAG deferred.

Synopsis: Mark suddenly wakes up in a decrepit basement. He has no idea how he got there or why. The only thing he knows is that there is a mysterious man watching him through the keyhole, and a broken rotary phone rings constantly. He is actually in a coma, and now a prisoner of his own mind.

Characters:

  • MARK (Lead): An everyday guy, 25-30 years old. He has a good job and a beautiful girlfriend who is expecting their first child. Even though Mark’s life doesn’t sound very exciting, that is how he likes it: stable and under control. Unfortunately, some parts of life are not in our control. When he wakes up in the basement, he thinks he is a victim of a kidnapping.
  • SARAH (Supporting): Mark’s girlfriend; the most honest and kind person you can find. She has had a rough childhood, and thought for a long time that she would never find a good life for herself. When she met Mark, she partially fell in love with his stability. She hopes to put her childhood behind her and build a new life, the one she always wanted. She couldn’t be happier about her relationship with Mark and their future child. That is, of course, before Mark fell into a coma.
  • DR. LADOUCEUR (Supporting): Can be played by male or female. A successful doctor, 50’s, originally from New Orleans.
  • NURSE #1* (Supporting): A nice 20-something nurse.
  • NURSE #2* (Supporting): A 35-year-old nurse, therefore more experienced.
    *NOTE: At least one of the nurses will be female; males can read for these roles.

 

INTERPERSONAL

Director: Travis Slagle = tslagle@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project Length: Short Film (18 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville and surrounding areas
Shoot Dates: Feb 27-28, March 1
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-Union: no payment DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Chuck, a young college student on the autism spectrum, decides to sell his virginity online with the assistance of his best friend, Sarah. As his website grows in popularity, his disorder and social inability will be put to the ultimate test.

Characters:

  • CHUCK (Lead): A 20-30-year-old male with Asperger’s syndrome. Chuck is a jazz guitar genius but a social disaster. Chuck’s obsession with sex and his inability to find a willing partner leads to his decision to sell his virginity. To those that don’t know him Chuck seems emotionless and cold.
  • SARAH (Lead): A 20-30-year-old female; long-time friend of Chuck. Sarah’s doesn’t have a healthy family life and has therefore become a sister-type figure to Chuck. She uses fierce toughness to hide her delicacy. She also knows how to handle Chuck at his worst.
  • ETHAN (Supporting): A 20-30-year-old male who lacks life experiences and has little guilt about being selfish. He wants his relationship with Sarah to be strictly a sexual one.
  • WAITER (Extra [4 lines in the script]): A 40-50-year-old server at a fine dining restaurant. Waiter has an air of importance about himself and the food that he serves.

 

OF BOOZE & SEX

Director: Rose Hook = rhook@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production II) With Dialogue
Project length: 10 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: March 17-19
Compensation: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals or union deferred payment.

Synopsis: Ben, an alcoholic, loses his fiancée, Lila. His best friend, Jay, helps him through this troubling time.

Characters:

  • BEN (Lead, late 20’s): Loves his fiancée dearly, but jeopardizes his relationship constantly due to his non-stop struggles with alcohol. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • JAY (Lead, early 20’s): Ben’s best friend and often-times partner in crime. Serves as something of a guiding force to Ben, despite his own struggles with loving women overly much. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • LILA (Lead, early 20’s): Ben’s fiancée. She’s stuck with him through years of ups and downs, but has finally had enough. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • GIRL #1 (Supporting, early 20’s): Victim of Jay’s seduction. No nudity, but love scene required.
  • BARTENDER (Supporting, early 30’s, male or female): Present for (and annoyed by) Jay’s shenanigans.
  • GIRL #2 (Featured): Girl #1’s friend, at the bar with her. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #3 (Featured): Girl #1’s friend, at the bar with her. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #4 (Featured): Gets checked out by Jay and Ben on the street. Non-speaking.
  • GIRL #5 (Featured): With Girl #4, gets checked out by Jay and Ben on the street. Non-speaking.

 

LAURYN

Director: Natalia Nové
 = nnove@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Film (Production II); with dialogue
Project length: 12 minutes
Shooting Location: TBA (within TN; minor travel)
Shoot Dates: March 6-8
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment or non-union DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story about a young girl named Lauryn who is stoic in nature and must deal with the realization that her mother has left her and her two younger brothers to fend for themselves. Many seemingly unmovable obstacles are placed before her, and her unconditional love for her brothers may not be enough to help them stay together. This film may contain mild profanity.

Characters:

  • LAURYN (Lead, 12-14 years old): A stoic young girl; reserved and silent in nature, she writes poetry in place of her distant voice. One day her mother mysteriously disappears and Lauryn must take up the role as caretaker for herself and her two younger brothers.
  • MISS LANDLADY (Supporting, 30-40):  She owns the property where Lauryn and her family reside. She is unaware of the situation that Lauryn and the children face but the first of the month is approaching and she demands her rent.
  • OCTAVIUS (Supporting, 8-10 years old): One of Lauryn’s brothers. He deals with anger and throughout the course of the film begins to rebel against his sister, developing a destructive behavior.
  • JOAQUIN (Supporting, 6-7 years old): Youngest of the three siblings. He is good-natured and the heart of the family. He suffers with diabetes and ultimately that becomes another obstacle Lauryn must face.
  • XAVIER (Supporting, 30): Lauryn’s estranged father. He works construction and has no emotional connection to his daughter.
  • BUS STOP DAVIS (Extra, 30-50):  Homeless man who sits at the bus stop in the neighborhood.
  • SOCIAL WORKER #1/SOCIAL WORKER #2 (Extras, 20’s and up):  Male or female.

 

ANDIE

Director: Shiori Cartwright Sheldon
 = vsheldon@watkins.edu

Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production II) With Dialogue
Project length: 8-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: March 13-15
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non-union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Andie runs out of the house after her foster father, August, smacks her. While trying to get away, she runs into a woman named Charlie who attempts to help her, but Andie flees before she can. Lost in the woods, Andie pulls out matches to light a fire and something magical happens.

Characters:

  • ANDIE (Lead, female): A 14-year-old orphaned girl who has experienced a lot of mental and physical hurt. She is very stoic, strong and wise beyond her years, but when she talks about her family she is very emotional.
  • CHARLIE  (Supporting, female, 30’s):  A career woman and mother; very caring.
  • AUGUST (Supporting, male, 40’s): Andie’s abusive and alcoholic foster father. He is a washed up police officer who likes to relive his glory days.

 

“BOSS-HOG SCRIPT”

Director: Derek Newell Estes = destes@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: Union or Non-Union
Production Type: Production II  with dialogue
Project length: 8-12 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: Feb. 27-March 1
Compensation: Food, DVD copy of final project, as well as digital copy for reels or Union deferred.

Synopsis: Tiberius Maximus (“Tim”) Wilcox is the Sheriff of Plainview, Texas, a small ranching community where nothing much happens — except when the annual county fair comes to town. Then Plainview comes to life as farmers across the county bring their prized livestock to show off. Two weeks prior to this year’s ACF, ranchers around Plainview report their livestock being stolen. The sheriff and his deputy, Jonathan Wurth, begin to investigate the thefts, and find something big happening in a tiny town.

Characters:

  • TIM WILCOX (Lead, 50’s): Well respected sheriff. Retirement is around the corner, an idea he isn’t agreeable with. He is a cowboy in the 21st century, wearing a ten gallon hat, cowboy boots, gold star on his chest, and packing a Colt revolver. He was born and raised in Plainview. He trusts his deputy with his life, which eventually gets him into trouble.
  • JONATHAN WURTH (Lead, 30’s) The deputy of Plainview. Seems a bit naive,  constantly wears aviators. He has a cold stare, which keeps his underlings quiet. He runs a newly established black market of stolen cattle under the nose of the Sheriff.
  • DOTSON (Supporting, male):  Local farmer who has recently reported his prized cow missing, merely to throw the sheriff off.
  • MS. O’DONNELL (Supporting): Wealthy “Southern Belle” widow. Has a prized bull that has not been stolen, pegging her as a suspect.
  • DANIEL (Supporting): Teenager who finds himself as a witness. Unlike the adults, Daniel dresses as a punk, prefers heavy metal and doesn’t have a Southern drawl. His nerves from talking to the sheriff get to him.
  • MR. COBB (Supporting, 50’s): Lost his wife to a hit-and-run incident and the killer nearly got away, but was caught by Wilcox trying to cross into New Mexico. To thank Wilcox, he brings coffee to the office every afternoon.

 

CEDAR POINT

Director: Krista Gail = khill@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project length: 10-12 minutes
Shooting Location: TBD
Shoot Dates: March 27-29
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital file and meals. Non Union: No Pay, DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A young man and his father reunite after three years apart. He soon learns that the accusations against his father are true and has to make the hardest decision of his life.

Characters:

  • GRAYSON (Lead, early 20’s): A modest, pleasant and ambitious, yet slightly cynical, young man. He has no family left in his life and tries to focus on everything but himself.
  • DAVID (Supporting, early 50’s): Grayson’s father. Sentimental and negligent man who was accused of credit card fraud. After being caught, he fled to protect himself and his son.
  • PETER (Supporting, early 20’s): Intelligent and genuine young man.
  • TRENT (Supporting, early 20’s): Energetic and frivolous young man.

 

DY’ER MAK’ER 

Director: Garret Macpherson = gmacpherson@watkins.edu
Union / Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non-Union
Production Type: Student Production III With Dialogue
Project length: 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: late March
Compensation: No info provided.

Synopsis: James meets a girl named Katie on an online dating site. After dinner and a dance in the sheets, he finds out Katie lives with her dad and she’s only 16. James needs to find a way to get out of the house without waking up her monstrous father.
Characters:
  • JAMES (early 30’s): Has a dark sense of humor; hates how the world is progressing. He gives an online dating site a try to see if there is anyone out there for him.
  • KATIE: (16-years-old, but actress must be 18 or older): Despises her classmates in school, especially the boys, so she tries the online dating site to find someone more mature.
  • DAD (late 40’s): Big and bear-like; very protective of his daughter.

JENNIFER, JENNY AND I

Director: Patrick Cowan = pcowan@watkins.edu

 

Film School Zooms In On Fall 2014 Winners

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the winners of the Film School’s Fall 2014 productions, which were showcased during the first week of December in open-to-the-public screenings in the Watkins Theater.

Production One:

Best Sound Design – The Owner

Best Score/Use of Music – The Missing Ingredient

Best Production Design – The Missing ingredient

Best Editing – All It Takes

Best Cinematography – The Owner

Best Actor – Eric Crawford, Choked

Best Actress – Sydney Roof, All It Takes

Best Screenplay – The Missing Ingredient

Best Director – Sean Wykoski

Best Picture – The Owner

 

Production Two:

Best Sound Design – T.V. Eye

Best Score/Use of Music – Human Arms Race

Best Production Design – Creep

Best Editing – Upper Level Management

Best Cinematography – Human Arms Race

Best Actor – Moayad Abualkhair, Human Arms Race

Best Actress – Christine Poythress, Intrusions

Best Screenplay – Emi & Mimi

Best Director – Carter Glascock, Upper Level Management

Best Picture – Upper Level Management

 

Production Three:

Best Sound Design – Summer Haze

Best Score/Use of Music – The Window East

Best Production Design – The Window East

Best Editing – Summer Haze

Best Cinematography – Austin Boylen and Emileigh Potter, The Window East

Best Actor – George Byrne, The Window East

Best Actress – Sara Antonio, The Window East

Best Screenplay – Summer Haze (Blake Holland, director) / Super Hero Support Group (Sydney Hood, director)

Best Director – Alexander Mattingly, The Window East

Best Picture – Summer Haze (Blake Holland, director)

 

Complete Production Three screening list:

  • Dottie and the Liver (drama, 16 min) – Directed by Hunter Billings
  • Super Hero Support Group (comedy, 13 min) – Directed by Sydney Hood
  • My Twin or me (drama, 10 min) – Directed by Matison Turner
  • The Window East (drama, 30 min) – Directed by Alexander Mattingly
  • Saving Heroes (comedy 16 min) – Directed by JR Villers
  • Summer Haze (drama, 45 min) – Directed by Blake Holland
  • Into the Hollow (drama, 8 min) – Directed by Robbie Baldassari
  • Victoria (drama, 20 min) – Directed by Corey Miller
  • Hitch Me (comedy, 15 min) – Directed by Thomas Chi

 

Watkins Serves Best Work at Currey Juried Show, Opening February 5

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present the 2015 Currey Juried Student Show, featuring outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Serving as Currey Show jurors are artist/curator Karen Seapker, who currently splits her time between Nashville and Brooklyn, and Pradip Malde, professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee.

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COOP Gallery cooperative member/curator since 2013, she holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City and a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and has been in residence at Chashama North in Pine Plains, NY. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Shanghai, with two solo shows earlier this year, in London (Canal Projects) and Nashville (Zeitgeist).

Malde has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980. He has exhibited in Europe and the US and has works in numerous collections including the Princeton University Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh). He teaches classes in photography, documentary photography and electronic media and is currently working with students and alumni on ways of using photography for community development in Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Grundy County, TN.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava to Visit Watkins Nov. 8

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

The Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and OZ Arts Nashville will present a special screening and presentation by Prashant Bhargava, an award-winning filmmaker and designer known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, November 7 & 8 in the Watkins Theater.

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Professor Richard Gershman, OZ Artists Director Lauren Snelling and Prashant Bhargava in the Watkins Theater

Professor Richard Gershman, OZ Artistic Director Lauren Snelling and Prashant Bhargava in the Watkins Theater

On Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Watkins will screen Bhargava’s 2012 feature debut Patang (The Kite, 95 minutes). Weaving the stories of six people during India’s largest kite festival, Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, earned a four-star review from Roger Ebert and was named a New York Times Critics Pick.

On Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m., Bhargava will speak about his career, which includes pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer as well as a filmmaker with narrative, documentary and experimental credits. Richard Gershman, chair of the Film School at Watkins, will introduce him and facilitate the Q&A session.

The screening and lecture are free, but reservations are encouraged: reservations@watkins.edu.

Bhargava’s visit to Watkins is in conjunction with OZ Arts Nashville’s presentation of Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation, within which a new film by Bhargava is included. In collaboration with composer/pianist Iyer (a 2013 MacArthur Fellow), Bhargava’s film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, will be screened simultaneously to Iyer’s orchestral music, performed live by the International Contemporary Ensemble and conducted by David Fulmer. Based on Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Radhe Radhe is a journey of desire and devotion during the colorful and chaotic celebrations of Holi in Mathura, India.

Oz_LogoFinal_6.30.14Music of Transformation plays two performances at OZ: November 8 at 8 p.m. and November 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via OZNashville.com

 

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

About Prashant Bhargava

Described by producer Anthony Bregman as “visionary and soulful” and “masterful” by Roger Ebert, Prashant Bhargava is a director and designer whose work is recognized worldwide for its original storytelling and honest craft. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Bhargava is one of the first South Asians to emerge from the hip-hop movement as a graffiti artist. His filmmaking (his first film, the short Sangam, debuted at Sundance) builds from his pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer.

Prashant Bhargava smWwebKnown for his intricately layered and lush visuals, Bhargava spearheaded over 100 campaigns for HBO (including The Wire, Def Poetry Jam, Rome and OZ) and films such as Born into Brothels, John Frankenhiemer’s Path to War, Mira Nair’s Hysterical Blindness, Raoul Peck’s Lumumba, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher. Bhargava designed effects sequences for Alex Rivera’s feature Sleep Dealer and directed music videos and promos for musical acts Cornershop, Talib Kweli and Missy Elliot. Notable clients include Accenture, NBC, Woolrich, PBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Volvo and OMango and collaborations include design and production studios such as R/GA, Click 3x and Edgeworx.

Following Sangam – which received awards at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Short Shorts Asia – he directed Ammaji, a documentary portrait of his grandmother, Backwaters, an experimental Super 8 short, and Kashmir, a film and live music performance with electronic band Dawn of Midi.

Bhargava’s feature length directorial debut, Patang (The Kite) received rave reviews, including four stars from Roger Ebert who named it one of 2012’s best. An anthem to the old city of Ahmedabad, it weaves the stories of six people during India’s largest kit festival. Patang, Nawazuddin-Siddiqui03 Wwebwhich premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and ran in the main competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii Film Festival, Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, a Special Jury Award at the Osians Film Festival in New Delhi, Best Feature Narrative at the DC APA Film Festival, and Best Film at the SAIFF’s Rising Star Film Awards; Bhargava was also named Best Director. Defying convention in its process and cinematic language, Patang united a community torn apart by religious conflict and natural disaster, starring two of India’s finest actors, Seema Biswas and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

His latest work, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, is a journey of desire and devotion during the colorful and choatic celebrations of Holi in Mathura, India. Created in collaboration with celebrated composer and pianist Vijay Iyer, the performance is presented as a film projected in conjunction with a live orchestra, and was described by NPR as “one of the most brilliant and exciting commemorations of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.”

Bhargava studied computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at the Barrow Group and at the Actors Studio (MFA program). He has lectured at New York University, Cornell University, Amherst College, UNC Chapel Hill, Stonybrook, Indiana University, University of Chicago and CEDIM. Bhargava was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in both 1997 and 2012. For more information, visit www.prashant.tv.

‘Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1’ Celebrates Community and Connections

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1,” featuring new work by 10 alumni in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography and opening Thursday, November 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibition will run through December 12.

Participating artists in “Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1″ are Jeremy Adams (Film, 2003), Alicia W. Binkley (Graphic Design, 2008), Chris Doubler (Fine Art, 2006), Patricia Earnhardt (Fine Art, 2008),  Jennifer Georgescu (Photography, 2008), Derek Gibson (Fine Art, 2004), Pam Jolly Haile (Fine Art, 2013), Joshua Brent Montgomery (Film, 2008), Jaime Raybin (Fine Art, 2006) and Trent Thibodeaux (Graphic Design, 2006).

This inaugural show, organized by the newly formed Watkins Alumni Committee, is the first in an ongoing series that intends to demonstrate the diverse and continued explorations of art across departments among the alumni community.

The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.

Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.) Admission is free.

About the Artists

Director and cinematographer Jeremy Adams (coroflot.com/jeradams) lives and works in Los Angeles. A 2003 graduate of the Film School at Watkins, he has worked in a variety of roles in film/video production, ranging from art department assistant on ABC’s “Pushing Daises” to storyboarding acclaimed music video director Joseph Kahn’s second feature film, “Detention.” Jeremy has directed and photographed documentaries, commercials, music videos, short films and a feature film. In 2012, he directed an award-winning spot for Marine Corps Special Operations Command/MARSOC and in 2013, shot and edited the webisode “You Ought To Know Nashville” for PBS Digital.

  • Grid of 9 (3 across, 3 down), archival digital prints, iPhone photography (12″x20″)

    JJeremy Adams, "Pacific Stranger"

    Jeremy Adams, “Pacific Stranger”

“I have always viewed the ordinary world in cinematic widescreen. For the longest time I tried to develop a photographic style to reflect this, without any real success, but having an iPhone in my pocket at all times and taking pictures on a phone just for the hell of it has allowed themes of simplicity and space to emerge, one photo after another. My eye is now naturally drawn to unique, natural landscapes that sometimes feature inhabitants. Most times though, the landscapes themselves are characters in their own right that tell a story without ever saying a word. It’s this aspect that attracts me the most, especially in this modern and ever-complicating world where we are constantly bombarded with information.”

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Alicia W. Binkley, “Him Her”

Alicia Waters Binkley (adubsyall.com) describes herself as a “designer and doer who loves to find creative ways to help others.” Running her own business since earning her BGA in Graphic Design Watkins in 2008, she currently co-runs MID, a print and design company, with her husband, Drew. On top of illustrating she has a great passion for UX and problem solving — worked with many clients around the world on UX/UI solutions for web and mobile — and enjoys serving as the Creative Director at AlienFast, LLC. Earlier this year she became a host of the Nashville chapter of the monthly global creative networking series CreativeMornings.

  • “Him Her,” 2-color screen print with metallic gold ink printed on #110 Smart White French paper (12″ x 18″). Open editions.

“My work tugs at the heartstrings of sentiment and nostalgia. My illustrations often include pattern work with an update to traditional elements and icons.”

A Middle Tennessee native, Chris Doubler received his BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2006. Since that time he has applied his skills and education to become an exhibition designer, preparator, graphic designer and art handler at institutions including Cheekwood Museum & Botanical Gardens, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

  • Silkcreen print on paper (approx 16″x19″)
Jennifer Georgescu, "The Veil"

Jennifer Georgescu, “The Veil”

Jennifer Georgescu’s (jengeorgescu.com) work describes instinctual aspects of humanity correlating to and differing from societal structuring. With a background in painting and photographic arts, she utilizes medium format film photography, installation, and digital technology. Her projects analyze dualisms in language, relationships, mythologies and control. “I often search for the balance that exists in between these dichotomies. This is how I view humanity; always teetering on the line between fiction and reality, domination and submissiveness, self and other.”

After obtaining a BFA in Photography from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2008, Georgescu was awarded a yearlong residency at Vanderbilt University’s “Gallery F.” She has received numerous honors from Artist Portfolio Magazine, the Camera Obscura Journal of Literature and Photography, and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.  Her works have recently been exhibited in the Masur Museum of Art, the Detroit Museum of New Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and PhotoCenter NW. She lives in San Francisco.

  • “Star Gazers” (the veil) (20”x20,” 2014) and “Star Gazers” (night walks) (15”x15,” 2014)

I wish I could believe that something was out there waiting for me in the cosmos. I find the thought of forever incapacitating. Then I think of the alternative; of being nothing ever again. We all have a self-proclaimed importance that renders our being obsolete, impossible. This is part of what makes us human. We hold the idea of our importance despite our insignificance and mortality.

Jennifer Georgescu, "Night Walks"

Jennifer Georgescu, “Night Walks”

I long for a time, somewhere in the past, when it was thought that all information was just out of reach and all we had to do was find it. I feel that in present time, the more information we know, the more we realize that we’ll never know it all. We now have a vastly expanding wealth of information at our fingertips, yet we are no closer to “knowing” the most important answers.

The most wonderful idea I can think of, the thing that truly comforts me, is the possibility of time being warped beyond our current perception. I find comfort in the idea of parallel universes; where little holes allow for one world to briefly experience the next. When you make a decision in one world, an alternate decision would be made in the next, and so on. This idea has always allowed me to think that when I am gone in one world, I may continue in the next.

“Star Gazers” addresses the things that are hard to think about (i.e. death, mortality, insignificance) through imagination and narrative easy to be confronted with. Fiction and awe weave together antique imagery, scientific imaging, and medium format film photography to tell a far-fetched tale that is factually possible.   This is a story where worlds can communicate, where past and present can connect, and the cosmos contain meaning.

Patricia Earnhardt, film still from "Accepted"

Patricia Earnhardt, film still from “Accepted”

Patricia Earnhardt (patriciaearnhardt.com) is a multimedia visual artist working primarily with video and installation art. Her work, which focuses on social and political issues as well as personal internal struggles, has been exhibited in Berlin, Germany and in numerous venues in Nashville. She graduated from Watkins in 2008 with a BFA in fine Art. She is also a filmmaker and, for the past 20 years, has run Earnhardt Films, LLC with her husband, David Earnhardt.

  • Digital video, “Accepted” (2:36, looping)

“In the video, ‘Accepted,’ soft, ripe fruit falls onto the back of a woman reclining peacefully in a field. The fruit splays as it hits the quiet and unflinching body — flesh meeting flesh. The image depicts an acceptance of nature and its effects on the body over time, showing the beauty in aging — something that is often considered grotesque.”

A Murfreesboro native, Derek Gibson (derekgibson.see.me) has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally in a variety of group and juried shows in Fort Collins (CO), Cincinnati, Atlanta and New York City since graduating from Watkins with a BFA in Fine Art in 2004. His work has included sculpture, photography, installation and video installation. He stays involved in the local art community, volunteering as a studio teaching assistant and exhibit preparator in two local non-profit organizations and maintaining his own artistic practice while keeping a day job.

  • Mixed media sculpture of various domestic and exotic hardwoods (approx. 6-8’ tall, 4-5’ in length and width)

“My work is informed by the idea of place. This could be a physical place where I have been or where I shared an event with a significant other. It could also be a spiritual place I have been as part of my meditation practice and continuing journey of personal development.

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Pam Haile, “Her Mark 1″

Pam Jolly Haile processes ideas of space and place using a variety of visual languages, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. Her focus on nature’s benevolence and the experiences it provides is the thread she follows, weaving abstract ideas and theory into her art practice. She earned her BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2013 and currently lives and works in Nashville.

  • Archival UV direct print on dibond substrate (20″x15″)

“There is a seamless rapport between my everyday life and art making. The work I create is a recording of my ordinary experiences. I aim to engage the audience with sensory and poetic qualities in works that question what it means to consciously observe, and therefore wholly experience being human.”

Joshua Brent Montgomery, "Shine"

Joshua Brent Montgomery, “Shine”

Joshua Brent Montgomery (joshuabrentmontgomery.com) is an artist from Goodlettsville, TN. A 2008 graduate of the Film School at Watkins, he works as a casting associate in the entertainment industry and spends his free time writing and drawing.

  • Three acrylic on canvas: “Boy in Snow” (24”x36”), “Scared Boy in Field” (18”x24”), “Shine” (36″x36″)

“My work is culled from a wide variety of personal interests and curiosities, none of which share a locus worth mentioning.”

Alethea Norene holds a BFA in Photography in 2008 from Watkins and MFA in 2010 from Maine College of Art in Portland. She has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group exhibitions and alternative venues such as clothing boutiques. Co-founder of SOUP, a community based micro-grant program for artists in Portland, Alethea is currently expanding her creative practice and is in school in Nashville to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, hoping to utilize her creative experiences to positively empower women.

  • Archival pigment print from digital scan of film (30×30″)

“My work celebrates friendship, co-dependence, magic, healing, faith, and mistake making. My images and drawings memorialize moments of togetherness and independent voyages.”

Jaime Raybin, "For Owen"

Jaime Raybin, “For Owen”

Jaime Raybin (jaimeraybin.com) earned a BFA in Fine Art in 2006 from Watkins, where she currently works as an admissions recruiter. Her exhibition history includes Northwestern University, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville), Swanson-Reed Contemporary (Louisville, KY), the Foundry Art Centre (Saint Charles, MO), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), the Renaissance Center (Dickson, TN) and the University of the South (Sewanee, TN).

  • Acrylic on canvas “Bathroom” (28″x37″) and “Can Phone” (17″x42″); digital micrography collage “For Owen” and “For Kalina” (each approx. 18”x24″)

“My paintings deal with themes of social isolation and escapism. They are set in the workplace and in shared living spaces. This work is figurative and personal, often featuring myself as a character in narrative metaphorical vignettes.”

Originally from Louisiana, Trent Thibodeaux (thedesign13.com) has been a resident of Nashville for the past 14 years, since coming to Watkins to study graphic design; he earned his BFA in 2006. He has worked in many facets of the design world and currently is lead designer at Third Man Records.

  • Graphite and wall paper on paper (10×20); color photo (8×10), wall pasted illustration in corner (3’x4’)

“My work deals with the transformation from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Using drawings, textures, & found images that evoke nostalgia, i create new images that tell an unintended story. At first glance these new images look familiar and deliver a sense of comfort. Through further exploration, the comparison of unfamiliar and unexpected elements creates sense of uneasiness. The conflict created by the unexpected change in narrative, caused by the combination of disparate elements challenges the viewer to rethink the idea of normalcy and expectation.”

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About the Watkins Alumni Committee

The Watkins Alumni Committee preserves the spirit of the Watkins community for alumni, locally and nationally, beyond graduation by cultivating opportunities for professional growth and support as well as social connectivity. As artists and makers, we promote the value of the arts beyond the walls of Watkins through collaborations with community organizations and local businesses, advocating for arts access and art education, and developing a culture of philanthropy in the arts. For more information, contact committee chair Abby Whisenant at awhisenant@watkins.edu

Watkins and Warner Music Team for Unique ‘Music Industry and Visual Arts’ Experience

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Warner Music Nashville and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film have partnered for a new “Music Industry and the Visual Arts” course, an idea originating via Leadership Music alumni John Esposito, President & CEO of WMN, and Ellen L. Meyer, President of Watkins. The class brings together a multidisciplinary team of filmmakers, graphic designers and photographers to interact with the creative team at Warner Music Nashville and conceptualize a visual approach to branding new artist(s). Students develop various scenarios, pitch the team at WMN and, if approved, execute these ideas which might include photo shoots, music videos, album covers or any other representation across all media platforms.

Warner Music Nv logo“This partnership with Watkins allows us the unique opportunity to foster new talent in visual arts while also giving our creative team an outside perspective which is invaluable,” said Shane Tarleton, VP/Creative Director at WMN. “I am so very proud of the relationships we have already formed and am genuinely excited about the possibilities ahead.”

“Our goal in partnering with Watkins was to exchange real world insights around the creative process,” said Jeremy Holley, SVP of Consumer & Interactive Marketing at WMN. “It’s been inspiring to see the level of talent, thought, and work ethic from their team and students. They have brought fresh ideas and great energy.”

Richard Gershman, chair and associate professor of the Film School, leads the class of 15 students including four Graphic Design majors, four Photography majors and seven Film majors.

“Thanks to WMN, our student graphic designers, photographers and filmmakers are diving into actual project scenarios to test and develop their skills in designing logos, graphics, photos, and music videos,” said Professor Gershman. “Through building a creative team, working up concepts, presenting a pitch, and dealing with expectations and feedback, these students are learning what it takes to successfully transition to a professional career.”

About Warner Music Nashville

Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence WMG and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years. The division is home to Warner Bros. Nashville, Word Entertainment, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and the LoudMouth comedy label.

About Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Approaching its 130th year of continuous education service, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film operates as an independent, non-profit, four-year, nationally accredited college of the visual arts, offering Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees in Film, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, a Bachelors of Art (BA) in Art, and Certificates in Film and Interior Design. Visit Watkins.edu.

About this Professional Practices initiative

Watkins has recently added a Commercial Focus to its academic program, offering students unique opportunities for blending fine art sensibilities with commercial applications to develop their style, vision and conceptual abilities. Degree programs are built on a strong academic foundation with a hands-on, studio emphasis; with the addition of the real-world-caliber experiences from Commercial Focus classes and structured internships, graduates are well prepared to make an immediate impact in their marketplace.

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

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

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.

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“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

H&B2011 zine typewriter

(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 = jcharper@watkins.edu
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 jcharper@watkins.edu

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 = mturner@watkins.edu
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 = dholland@watkins.edu
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 = hbillings@watkins.edu
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 = shood@watkins.edu
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 = stdavis@watkins.edu
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 = cluckfield@watkins.edu
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 = pglascock@watkins.edu
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 = pcowan@watkins.edu
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 = epotter@watkins.edu
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 = amattingly@watkins.edu
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 = hmontague@watkins.edu • (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 = nsokol@watkins.edu • (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 Lsmith@watkins.edu
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 Lsmith@watkins.edu

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 = tchi@watkins.edu = 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.