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Tournées Film Festival Debuts at Watkins October 15

Posted on: October 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments
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Watkins has been selected as a participant in the 20th edition of Tournées Film Festival, offering a wide variety of films, from the popular to the experimental, that represent the best of French cinema distributed in the U.S. A showcase of established and emerging talents, the Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens. Admission to the six-film series, which runs Thursday evenings, October 15—November 19, is free. Organized by Watkins’ Film School Student Council, all screenings begin at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, following a brief introduction by Adjunct Faculty Amy Bertram, Ph.D., an expert in French cinema.

The Tournées Film Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée CNC), and SACEM’s French American Cultural Fund.

Thursdays at 6 p.m.

•  October 15: Girlhood
•  October 22: Abuse of Weakness
•  October 29: Mood Indigo
•  November 5: Timbuktu
•  November 12: The King and The Mockingbird
•  November 19: Mr. X: A Vision of Leos Carax

(Warning: Some films may contain adult content; viewer discretion is advised.)
Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts


‘Beyond Classification’ Concludes September 24 with Co-curator Greg Pond

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by Caroline Davis No Comments

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is pleased to bring to Nashville the group exhibition Beyond Classification, featuring contemporary photography and video by women artists from Egypt, September 3-24 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. Curated by Dr. Nagla Samir of the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Greg Pond, professor of Art and Art History at the University of the South, the show was first presented at Sewanee’s University Art Galley earlier this year (Jan. 13-April 12).

Beyond Classification, which offers diverse strategies for communicating about current political and social conditions in Egypt, will conclude with a curator’s talk by Greg Pond, on Thursday, September 24, at 6 p.m., and a walk through the exhibition and small reception. Admission is free and open to the public.

The nine young artists represented in Beyond Classification developed their work in the past few years, as the power of electronic and social media to generate political change became apparent with the revolution that unseated President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The photographic and video work of these artists embraces that power, even as it responds to the continued social and political upheaval faced by the country. Through multiple perspectives, the exhibition deliberately aims to counter any simplistic picture, and to provide points of view often lost in representations of Egyptian experience in popular media.

Sara Bayoumi, "Identity 5" (2013)

Sara Bayoumi, “Identity” (2013Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is pleased to bring to Nashville the group exhibition Beyond Classification, featuring contemporary photography and video by women artists from Egypt, September 3-24 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. Curated by Dr. Nagla Samir of the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Greg Pond, professor of Art and Art History at the University of the South, the show was first presented at Sewanee’s University Art Galley earlier this year (Jan. 13-April 12)..

Many of the artists included in the exhibition address questions about identity and religion. What is it to be a Muslim woman? What does it mean to be a woman artist in Egypt today? How do non-Muslims perceive Muslims? While some of the artists in the exhibition explicitly address feminist concerns in their work, others would resist the label, preferring to cast their work as addressing universal human concerns. The artists included in the exhibition use art as a tool for confronting constraints, deflating stereotypes, representing experience, and forging connections.

Marwa Adel, "The Journey" (2012)

Marwa Adel, “The Journey” (2012)

“I worked with Dr. Samir in 2008 on an exhibition in Cairo, and one of the artists in our current exhibition, Marwa Adel, was involved in a previous exhibition,” said Professor Pond. “So much has changed in Egypt since that time. These artists all developed their artistic practice through the series of political revolutions that began in 2011. I wanted to provide perspectives on the changes occurring in Egypt that were not conveyed via international news media. It was also important that this exhibition be made by women, who have little opportunity to reach audiences in Egypt or abroad. I contacted Nagla and asked her to curate this exhibition with me. These artists hold a variety of perspectives on the events that have transpired around them and changed their lives. Some promote radical and progressive social change and others represent conservative religious viewpoints. Our goal was to challenge notions of Egyptian culture and what it is to be a woman in Egypt with this compendium of voices.”

Cairo-based Nagla Samir is a contemporary Egyptian media artist and culture operator. Her artwork combines multiple media (photography, digital images, video and installation) and explores both social norms and spiritual experiences. Samir has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in national and international group exhibitions. Her curatorial projects include IMAFY (International Media Art Forum for Youth), A Survival Guide and Liberation: A Process Review. She founded and directed Passage 35 contemporary art center, and worked as Director of the Sharjah Art Gallery. Samir holds a Ph.D. in Visual Communication and M.S. in Graphic Design, and teaches in the Visual Culture Program, Department of the Arts at The American University in Cairo.

Asmaa and Hend Elkolaly are media artists based in Cairo. Identical twins, they received the same art education and work closely with one another. They have been active in the art scene for the past ten years, and their often-controversial work has been a part of several group exhibitions for young and rising artists.

Mai Al Shazly is an Egyptian photographer and artist born in Cairo. Her abstract and conceptual photography has been exhibited in the 22nd Salon at the Cairo Opera House, at the Egyptian Culture Center in Rome, and in the Emirates Photography Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. She was named an honorary member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique in 2011.

Marwa Adel’s photography and graphic design, and particularly her depictions of the female figure, confront controversial issues for contemporary Egyptian society related to gender and identity. Adel has exhibited in solo shows in Cairo, Alexandria and Dubai, and in group shows in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, London, Sweden, and Germany.

Marwa Benhalim, a Libyan Egyptian Art student, was graduated from the Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2009, and is pursuing her studies in Visual Arts and Film at the American University in Cairo. She has participated in group shows in the Cairo Atelier and the Cairo Opera House.

Nouran Sherif graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in 2012. Her multimedia work includes sound, video, paintings, installations, performance, and photography.

London-based photographer Sara Bayoumi holds an MA Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Bayoumi has participated in exhibitions in Cairo and London, and is represented in the online exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, hosted by the International Museum of Women.

Filmmaker and visual artist Yousria Ghorab lives and works in Giza, Egypt. She studied at Helwan University from 2000 to 2004, and completed a diploma in multimedia from ITI, Information Technology Institute, in 2006. Her first film, Similarity (2003) received an award for independent cinema from the Goethe Institut in Cairo. She has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Cairo.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Auditions! Film School’s Casting Call is September 12

Posted on: August 30th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2015 student film projects on Saturday, September 12, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.

Casting call sign in 0010Directors of approximately 16 productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages; union and non-union welcome (because student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement, current union members are allowed to participate). All actors are asked to bring headshots and résumés; for those without a headshot, a photo may be taken at the call.

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 they become 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.). Please note: 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

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.

Production Breakdowns


colorful, quirky drama
Director: Micah Atkinson / / 615-556-6237

Production Type: Student Production II With Dialogue
Project Length: 15 pages, 10-15 minutes
Shooting Locations: Nashville and Murfreesboro
Shooting Dates: October 16-18
Compensation: DVD Copy, Digital File, Meals, no pay

Synopsis: A melancholy young man lives with his older brother and his best friend, broadcasting a culinary web-show from a converted closet space. Through his broadcast, he meets a beautiful food blogger, who much to his surprise, seems to take interest in him.

•  COLEY (Lead/Male/Early-Mid 20s): An introspective, melancholy young man, burdened by a rocky childhood. Though awkward and seemingly distant, he somehow maintains a sort of mysterious charm.

•  ELLE (Co-Lead/Female/Early-Mid 20s): Elle is a little geeky and a tad bit awkward, but irresistibly charming when she shows interest in a subject. She is bright, and always in thought.

•  MAFYA (Co-Lead/Male/Late Teen to Early-Mid 20s): Mafya is thoughtful and sensitive towards Coley, but still energetic and easily distracted. He is Coley’s confidant, and while supportive, wants Coley to branch out of his safe bubble.

•  EON (Co-Lead/Male/Late 20s to Early 30s): Coley’s older brother. In the absence of their parents, Eon has taken over the provider and protector roles of Coley, but still struggles to relate to him emotionally. Eon often ends up frustrated by his younger brother, but loves him and wants the best for him.

•  YOUNG COLEY (Supporting/No Dialogue/Age 8-11)

•  YOUNG MAFYA (Supporting/No Dialogue/Age 8-11)

Young Coley and Young Mafya make an appearance in a flashback sequence.


Director: S.T. Davis / / 901-451-0781

SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 17 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 3-4
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Twelve hours in the life of two close friends, Momo and Key, set the stage for a gritty urban drama involving the delicate and ever relevant subjects of race, sex and class in one of the most feared boroughs in the city, the Heights.

•  MOMO (Lead, Late Teens – Early 20’s, Pref. African American Male): Exposed to more than just the confines of the Heights. Eager to prove himself but uncertain of which road to take. Scrutinized for his intelligence and torn between the world he’s always known and leaving for better things. Childhood friends with Key and doubtful of the life Key is paving for himself, but understanding since they grew up in the same environment. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

• KEY (Lead, Early 20’s, Pref. African American Male): A product of his environment. Grew up in a dangerous area where guns, jewelry and money are glorified. Slightly disillusioned about the appeal of hood culture. Often manipulative. A misinformed gangster. Childhood friends and poor influence on Momo with a hint of jealousy towards Momo’s potential success. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  MIKE WILLIS (Lead, 30’s – 50+ Pref. Caucasian Male):  Closet racist and diner owner. Believes racism doesn’t exist, and remains incredibly politically incorrect. In public, is a bit more tolerant and devious, but straddles a thin line keeping his feelings in check, all for the benefit of his diner. Seems as “they” have too much power. Narrow-minded with little willingness to open up. Most actions are premeditated and carefully acted on, though outwardly seems impulsive. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  OLD ENGLISH (Supporting,  30’s – 50+, Pref. African American; role open to females and males): Master of many faces. To Mike Willis, an Uncle Tom-like character who pacifies him because of the era s/he grew up in. To Momo and Key, a scrutinizing character who’d rather see them live another day than die trying to make changes. Not formally educated, but street smart and intuitive. Means well though sometimes difficult to tell. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs)

•  RACHEL (Supporting, 20’s, Pref. Caucasian Female): Very pretty and knows it. Promiscuous and controls men through through her sexuality, using it to empower her. Has grown up similarly to Momo and Key. Depreciated due to Hip-Hop culture. Very street smart, and couples that with her sexual prowess to collect men as trophies, prizes to be won. (Must be comfortable using racial slurs and implied sexual act; can smoke is a plus)

•  KEISHA (Extra, 20’s Female): Friend of Rachel

•  PATRON (Extra, 20’s-30’s): Friend/Caretaker of Old English

•  MAN (Extra, 20’s): Local neighborhood thug


Director: Hayley Montague = = 865-679-2723

SAG-AFTRA Signatory (open for non-union)
Production type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project length: 20 minutes
Shooting locations: Nashville & Hermitage
Shoot dates: October 9-11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files and meals or Non-Union: DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: After being forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous because of a DUI, Tessa finds the strength to face her real problem through another AA member, Jane. As their relationship grows, Jane is haunted by a disturbing memory. When Tessa finds out about Jane’s past, she struggles to stay sober and find forgiveness.

•  TESSA (Lead, mid 20’s): A newly recovering alcoholic. She is broken by her past, but she puts up a hard front to make up for it. She is reluctant to Jane’s help at first, but she eventually opens up to reveal her softer side.

•  JANE (Lead, late 30’s-early 40’s): A recovering alcoholic, sober for 5 years. She is good at staying strong and providing support for Tessa who still yearns to drink, but even she has weak moments at times.

•  BONNIE (Supporting, late 40’s-early 50’s): A simple and kind woman who is the chairperson of the AA meetings.


Director: Derek Newell Estes = = 270-933-7819

SAG-AFTRA Signatory project (open to non-union)
Project Type: Student Production III with dialogue
Project Length: 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shooting Dates: October 16-18
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files and meals. Non-Union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay.

Synopsis: Derek doesn’t have a script for class. It’s up to his Conscience and the rest of his personality to come up with a script, and quickly!

•  CONSCIENCE (Lead Male, 20’s/30’s): A hardworking, easily stressed employee who wants to get Derek a script. However, his motivations are a little more selfish.

•  RIGHT BRAIN (Supporting Male/Female, 20’s/30’s): In charge of Derek’s creative processes. Talented in his/her job, willing to help Conscience in any way, but doesn’t work well under pressure.

•  LEFT BRAIN (Supporting Female, 20’s/30’s): Sister to Right Brain and in charge of Derek’s logical thinking. Intelligent, fast-talking, but extremely irritable!

•  HUMOR (Supporting Male, 30’s/40’s): Childish, awkward and unoriginal. He is extremely optimistic, despite being the black sheep in the group.

•  EGO (Supporting Male, 20’s/30’s): The kilt-wearing, conceited Scot who doesn’t really do anything other than sit around the office.


Director: Emma Nitz =

Non-Union (Independent)
Production Type: Student (Production IV)
Project Length: Short Film (45 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: September 25-27, October 3-4
Compensation: DVD, Digital Copy, Free meals on set

Synopsis: When Kacey runs away from a troubled home, she finds herself on Opal’s doorstep. When Opal invites Kacey to stay with her and work at the small bakery she runs out of her home, Kacey finds herself with a real family for the first time in her life. But will her past catch up to her?

•  KACEY (LEAD, Female, Late Teens/Early 20’s): Kacey has grown tired living with her older sister and her sister’s boyfriend, and runs away after an ugly fight. She has trouble opening up to people and avoids being the center of attention as much as possible. Once she begins life anew, her greatest fear is opening up to her new family and telling them about her past life. She quickly learns that secrets aren’t easy to keep hidden forever.

•  OPAL (LEAD, Female, 60’s): Opal is a remarkably generous and free spirited woman. She owns Hope Bakery and runs it out of her home. When she meets Kacey, she cannot help but offer her a job and a place to stay. It is not in her nature to turn away the less fortunate. She also enjoys a good Cuba Libre on Saturday afternoons.

•  QUINN (LEAD, Males, 20’s): Quinn is Opal’s brooding young nephew. When he first meets Kacey, he suspects that she is a danger to his family, but warms up to her over time. One could say things get downright toasty between them.

•  DWIGHT (LEAD, Male, 30’s): Dwight is the white trash boyfriend of Kacey’s older sister, Becca. When he attempts to seduce Kacey one night, she fights him off and badly injures him. After he returns from the hospital and learns that she has run away, Dwight is hell bent on catching her and inflicting the same amount of pain on her as she caused him.

•  VICKIE (SUPPORTING, Female, Late 50’s): Vickie is a stern, no-nonsense woman working at Hope Bakery. She is suspicious that Kacey is up to no good.

•  KAT (SUPPORTING, Male or Transgender, Late 20’s/early 30’s): Kat is a vivacious transgender woman working at Hope Bakery. She is strong willed and a little stubborn, but has a heart of gold. She is quick to befriend Kacey when she first comes to town.

•  REDNECK 1 (SUPPORTING, Male Any age over 21): A drunken fiend at a local bar who harasses Kat for being transgender.

•  REDNECK 2 (SUPPORTING, Male, Any age over 21): A drunken fiend at a local bar who harasses Kat for being transgender.

Director: Roxanne Nawrot =

Union/Non-Union: Either
Production Type: Student Production II with dialogue
Project Length: Under 15 minutes
Shooting Location: Davidson County
Shoot Dates: October 10- 11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file, and meals. Non-union: DVD copy, digital file and meals; no pay.

Synopsis: Based on the myth that birthmarks represent how one died in a past life, the story follows Desmond Reid, a young man who was born with a large port wine birthmark on the back of his neck. He comes into contact with important people in his past life, and every time he makes physical contact with someone from his past, he flashes and remembers parts of his old life. He gains a collection of old memories as to who he was in the past, finds out who killed him, and gets revenge for the life that was once taken from him.

•  DESMOND (Lead, Age 18-23): A young man who is intuitive and wise for his age. He was born with a large port wine birthmark on the back of his neck. He falls in love and has an affair with Nora, who is currently married to Malcolm, the same man who murdered him in his past life.

•  ADAM (Supporting, Age 18-30): Desmond’s past self. He and Nora were both in love before he mysteriously went missing.

•  MALCOLM (Supporting, Age 25-35): A manipulative and troubled man with good intentions but bad ways of executing them. He tries to appear to be someone he is not. Malcolm is the one who murdered Adam out of jealousy and spite for stealing the woman he loved, Nora.

•  NORA (Supporting, Age 25-35): A beautiful woman with a warm heart. She is married to Malcolm but was only ever in love with Adam.  When Desmond comes into her life, that changes everything.

•  YOUNG BOY (Cameo, Age 5-10): The young son of Desmond and Nora. He has a birthmark similar to his father’s. He also just so happens to be Malcolm reincarnated.


Director: Jason Harper =

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production III
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 15 minutes)
Shooting Location: Hermitage, Mt. Juliet
Shoot Dates: October 17-19
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: A comedy about loneliness, loss, and human connections. Arthur is an old widower, and Marie a young college student. They live on opposite ends of the country, but form an unlikely friendship when he calls her phone sex hotline.

•  MARIE (LEAD, Early 20’s): An awkward, average-looking girl putting herself through college as a phone sex operator. She is timid in public, but over the phone she is every man’s greatest desire. Whatever that may be.

•  ARTHUR (LEAD, 60’s-70’s): An unassuming and kindly man doing whatever he can to curb the crushing loneliness that has consumed his life since the loss of his wife, three months previous.

•  JAMES (SUPPORTING, 30’s-40’s): Arthur’s son, though the two are not particularly close.  An unmarried and childless businessman, he’s dealing with the loss of his mother the best way he knows: working endlessly.

•  CRAIG (SUPPORTING, 20’s):  A meek young man stumbling his way through social interactions at his job in a café, but catching Marie’s eye while doing so.

•  CHRISTINE (SUPPORTING, Early 20’s): Marie’s more attractive friend who excels at talking about herself and making jokes at Marie’s expense.


Director: Emileigh Potter = = 210-273-2322

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory (open to non-union)
Production Type: Production III with dialogue
Project Length: Short Film (15 min.)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 2-4
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment, DVD copy, digital files, meals, travel and lodging. Non-Union: No pay, DVD copy, digital files, meals and travel.

Synopsis: A woman struggling with settling down strikes up an affair with a significantly younger man belonging to a family of hotel magnates.

•  CLAIRE BARTLET (Female, Mid 30’s): Pretty but unglamorous, fleeting youth, inherently unhappy.  Her debilitating relationship with her fiancé, Alan, and affair with Collin only make her more miserable.

• COLLIN MIDDLETON (Male, 22): Fresh-faced, handsome, incredibly naïve. Though he’s about to inherit a million-dollar hotel business, he doesn’t flaunt it, except in his attempts to express his love for Claire.

•  ALAN TOWNSHEND (Male, Mid 30’s): Hard working, tolerant and caring; Claire’s fiancé. Though experienced in Claire’s joylessness, he loves her with all his heart and has done everything in his power to build a good life for the two of them.


romantic drama
Director: Alison Goedde =

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non Union
Production Type: Student (Production III) With Dialogue
Project length: Approx. 10-15 minutes
Shooting Location: Gibson County, Indiana
Shoot Dates: September 17-21
Compensation: Deferred payment, no worker’s compensation, DVD copy, digital file, housing, and meals.

NOTICE: This short film will contain violence and language.

Synopsis: Rainey has nearly lost all hopes for her future when she finds out the truth behind why her mother left.  She constantly struggles, tries to mine her own happiness, and entertains the idea of leaving Gibson, Indiana.  She meets a love interest who shares in her dreams to escape these struggles in this small-town romantic drama.

•  RAINEY (LEAD, Female): A thin, wide-eyed child, 18, who struggles with being stuck in a small town with her father and no motherly figure.

•  HOLLAND (LEAD, Male): Of average build, a plain-faced boy, the new kid in town and a love interest for Rainey.  Almost 18, he can’t wait to break out of Gibson.

•  BISHOP (SUPPORTING, Male): Rainey’s father, in his 50s, who drags himself through a life of mining coal; drug and alcohol addict.  Though he looks intimidating, he is a scrub at his finest.

•  JULILAH (SUPPORTING, Female):  Mother to Little Jeb; a haggard-looking 30, as an alcoholic and a chain smoker. Has a temper.

•  LITTLE JEB (SUPPORTING, Male):  Ten-year-old son of Julilah. A skimpy but tough boy who loves his father and deals with the pain of the bruises from his abusive mother.


THE END OF INNOCENCE [working title]
social drama, slice-of-life
Director: Natalia Nové =

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory or Non-Union
Production Type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (15-20 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 16-18/October 23-25 (potential shooting weekend dates)
Compensation: DVD Copy, Digital File, Gas Compensation, Daily Meals, No Pay (Deferred SAG).

NOTE: Contains Profanity, Racial Slurs, Drug Content and Graphic Violence.

Synopsis: Malcolm Clemons, a black teenager who has been dealing with depression for quite some time, attempts to commit suicide on his school’s rooftop. He is interrupted by another teen named Caden St. Patrick, who rolls joints and skips classes and who is also hurting inside.

•  MALCOLM CLEMONS (Lead, Early-Late Teens, Pref. Black American Male): Reserved in nature; suppresses his thoughts and feelings. He comes from a well-off family that cannot cope with a recent tragedy. As the film progresses we see that he is angry at the world, afraid of its realities and, above all, hates himself for being who he is: black. (Must be comfortable with using profanity, racial slurs and simulating using drug-related substances.)

• CADEN ST. PATRICK (Lead, Late Teens, Pref. White American Male): Cynical and blunt, but lonely and bored at heart. He unintentionally saves Malcolm from jumping off the ledge. Through the majority of the film, he masks his pain with a nonchalant sarcasm. But when his intentions for being on the rooftop are revealed, Caden appears to be another hurting youth like Malcolm. (Must be comfortable with using profanity, racial slurs and simulating using drug-related substances.)



Director: Angel Brewer = = 615-210-0132

Production type: Production III
Project length: Under 20 minutes
Shooting location: Watkins’ sound stage and Midtown Nashville
Shoot dates: October 25-26, Pick-ups November 1
Compensation: Digital copy, professional catering, no pay

Synopsis: A very “sweet” family that belongs to a unique religious sect learns of their daughter’s decision to begin her required mission work early

•  POLLY/EUNICE/PA (Lead, played by Male, any age): Polly, 18-years-old, is full of pluck and gumption.  Eunice, in her late 30’s-mid 40’s and Polly’s mother, is physically and mentally affected from an accident. Pa, Polly’s father, 40-ish, is meek. Female impersonation experience will be given preference for this triple role.

•  GLADIOLA (Co-Lead, Female, any age): She is the 17-year-old daughter of Wanda and Pa, and she idolizes her sister Polly. African American actress preferred or matched to Wanda.

•  WANDA (Supporting, Female, 40+):  A strong woman who takes the audience to church every time she speaks. African American actress preferred or matched to Gladiola.

•  DARION (Supporting, Male, 18-30): Darion is an underwear model. Nudity/implied nudity.

•  SISTER JAMAHLIA (Non-speaking supporting, Female, 20-40): Sister Jamahlia was a star in a time that black women were not appreciated. Undergarment/nudity required for role and modeling experience given preference.

•  CHARLENE (Non-speaking supporting, Female, 20-40): She is a clumsy hairdresser. Mild stunt.

•  CUSTOMER (Non-speaking atmosphere, Female, any age): Mild stunt.

Director: Alex Mattingly =

Union/Non-Union: SAG-AFTRA Signatory
Production Type: Student Production IV
Project length: Short Film (25 minutes)
Shooting Location: Nashville
Shoot Dates: October 9-11 & November 6-8
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA deferred payment. DVD copy, digital file and meals.

Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Moscow Station” recounts the actions of Russian engineer, Adolf Tolkachev, who worked in cooperation with the CIA, from 1977-1985, as a spy against his own country. Delivering invaluable intelligence on Soviet technology until his eventual capture by the KGB, Tolkachev became one of the most valuable agents in CIA history, saving them billions of dollars in information and gaining the US a significant advantage during the Cold War.

•  JOHN GUILSHER (LEAD, Male, Mid 50’s [May be considered for younger actor]: Tolkachev’s case agent at the CIA, and only confidante during his time of service. Through the years, Guilsher develops a strong bond with his agent, and does everything he can to see ensure he makes it out alive.

•  GUS HATHAWAY (SUPPORTING, Male, Mid 50’s): Head of the Moscow Station, and superior to Guilsher during Tolkachev’s service.

•  OLEG TOLKACHEV (SUPPORTING, Male, 10-15): Son of Adolf Tolkachev, Oleg is a bright, spirited child with a passion for art and Western music. ***MUST BE ABLE TO DO RUSSIAN ACCENT***

•  CIA BOARD MEMBERS #1, #2 and #3 (SUPPORTING, Male or Female, 30’s-50’s): Three members of CIA board who meet at Moscow Station to negotiate Tolkachev’s requests for money and suicide tablet.


Director: Carter Luckfield = = 201-953-3711

Union/Non-union: Open to both SAG-AFTRA Signatory and non-union
Production type: Student (Production III)
Project length: Short Film (Approx. 10-15 min.)
Shooting location: Nashville
Shoot dates: October 9-11
Compensation: SAG-AFTRA: deferred payment plus DVD copy, digital files, and meals. Non-union: DVD copy, digital files, and meals. No pay.

Synopsis: Jan Itor pays the bills as a custodian by night as he struggles to pursue his passion for painting. When a beautiful curator suggests his work lacks personality, he turns to a consumer crutch in search of redemption.

•  JAN ITOR (Lead, 20’s-30’s+, Male): A loner who goes against the grain of society. Embraces his off-the-beaten-path lifestyle, but janitorial duties pay the bills. Lives to paint.

•  CINDY (Lead, 20’s-30’s, Female): Upbeat curator at a small local gallery. Curious and on the cusp of every trend, but jaded by her immersion in the art world.

•  SUPERMARKET CLERK (Supporting, 20’s-30’s, Female): Sassy and full of attitude, this supermarket clerk couldn’t care less.

•  HARRY (Supporting, 40’s-50’s+,  Male): Macho ex-war veteran; aging tough guy type. Moustache preferred.

•  YOUNG JAN ITOR (Supporting, 15-20, Male, no dialogue): Jan’s younger self, full of youth and innocence.

•  SALLY (Supporting, 15-20, Female, no dialogue): Young Jan’s girl of interest, also youthful and innocent.


Director: Nicholas Salazar = 908-358-8782 =

Shoot Dates: October 23-25

Synopsis: Jennifer struggles with her codependent need to “save” her heroin-addicted brother Michael, who has just been arrested.

•  JENNIFER (Lead, 30ish): Wants nothing more than for Michael to get clean. Her love blinds her and no matter what he does, she can’t bring herself to stop trying to save him again and again.  Will she finally wake up to his manipulation?

•  MICHAEL (Lead, early 20’s): Halfway between clean-cut rich brat and full-blown junkie.  Haunted by the overdose death of his twin brother, he falls deeper into his addiction, knowing he will always have his sister as a safety net if he gets into trouble.

•  OFFICER HAYES (Supporting, 30’s): Cop who has a history with Michael.  Burnt out from arresting the same people over and over again — Mommy and Daddy pull strings to get them out of trouble…sooner or later they end up in jail or dead from an overdose or in a bad drug deal.

Nashville Japanese Film Festival Returns to Watkins Aug. 28-30 with 7-Film Lineup

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

From horror to anime to documentaries, Japanese film is known for its inventive storylines and beautiful cinematography, and the second annual Nashville Japanese Film Festival (NJaFF), running August 28-30 at Watkins, will indeed showcase a wide range of Japanese storytelling. The seven offerings (all with English subtitles) range from a documentary on the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki to a historical drama about a “kitchen samurai.”

Nv-Japanese-Film-Festival-logo-sq-WwebFour of the films are being shown free of charge through the support of the Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville. For the remaining, general admission is $10 per film and tickets are available online or at the door.

The mission of NJaFF is to celebrate all aspects of Japanese culture, as experienced through the medium of film and the expression of Japanese film makers. For tickets and further information, including opening night reception details and links to film trailers, visit

NJaFF 2015  Schedule:
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6:00 PM — Reception (ticketed reservations required)
7:30 PM — The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness  * $10
A documentary film which follows legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki over a year as Studio Ghibli prepares two releases

Saturday, August 29
11:00 AM — Ramen Samurai * Free *
A Tokyo designer returns to his tiny hometown to take over his father’s dream of running a ramen shop amid memories of his tumultuous childhood
1:30 PM — Mourning Recipe * Free *
A unique woman leaves behind a recipe book for life to lead her husband and stepdaughter through their grief after her death, with help from a few of her unusual friends
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This Edo-period drama tells the true story of a ‘kitchen samurai’ who reluctantly married a legendary cook to move his career forward in the midst of revolution
6:30 PM — Uzumasa Limelight * $10
An aged actor whose specialty is dying in martial arts movies struggles to get by in a changing world before taking on a young woman as a sword-fighting apprentice.

Sunday, August 30
1:00 PM — The God of Ramen * Free
A documentary film on the so-called ‘God of Ramen,’ whose new style of ramen inspired two-hour lines at his tiny restaurant.
3:00 PM — Kasamayaki * $10
In this documentary, a woman shaken by the 2011 disaster returns to her hometown to reconnect with her family and heritage through pottery
5:00 PM — Shady  * $10
A bullied high school girl becomes friends with a popular classmate, but the situation may be too good to be true as she sees her friend’s pleasant demeanor transforming before her eyes

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


Watkins Visiting Artists Series Concludes May 1 with Artist/Activist Ashley Hunt

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by Caroline Davis

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 Friday, May 1, as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.

The presentation, which begins at 6:00 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.

(Hunt’s visit was previously announced for 2/19, but severe winter weather forced the rescheduling.)

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.

“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.

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In The Corrections Documentary Project, Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. A 2001 film Corrections (57 minutes) looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities that 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.

Other 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, with letterer/illustrator Jessica Hische on January 22 and multiple-media artist/writer Martha Rosler on April 16.

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, among many others.

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Mati Hays and Blake Holland Take ‘Victory Laps’ at WAG’s May 2 show

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Victory Laps, an exhibition by Watkins students Mati Hays and Blake Holland, at its downtown gallery WAG during the May 2 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Victory Laps – integrating sculpture, photography, and video – examines anxieties about youth. While Mati (a Fine Art sophomore) seeks power in claiming the future, Blake (a senior in the Film School) finds control in grounding his past. By pulling from the past and framing the future, the work acts as a stand-in for their understanding of the present, with each artist allotting objects a great amount of responsibility.

Mati Hays, "Proud of You"

Mati Hays, “Proud of You”

While their processes are different in approach, through similar interests, perspectives and fixations, they both produce work that responds to one another on a literal and visceral level. By placing their respective works within a shared space, the crossing of past and future reflects the influence they have on each other.

As a filmmaker, Blake approaches art making in the same way he approaches story telling. Fully understanding the danger this poses, he attempts to reduce his own life into a manageable narrative by toying with ritual, contextualizing objects, and examining lineage.

Addressing the obsession she has with her future, Mati plays with the association of brands and status, using materials that inherently reflect ideals of luxury and uniformity. With her background in fashion and design, these access points allow her work to speak through the visual language of her generation.

About the artists:

A sophomore at Watkins pursuing a BFA in Fine Art, Mati works in a variety of media such as installation, sculpture, video, photography, fashion and product design. Her most recent involvements have been in the Nashville fashion community, interning for local designers, styling, and working for high-end boutiques throughout the city. Mati will continue her college career at Parsons The New School for Design in New York in the fall.

Blake Holland, "Buzz (Just For You)"

Blake Holland, “Buzz (Just For You)”

Blake is a senior in The Film School, with concentrations in directing and screenwriting. Two of his films have been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival as part of the Tennessee Shorts section: “Rust” (2014) and “Summer Haze” (2015). As a council member of the art collective Co. H, he has exhibited work at the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins, Fort Houston, and WAG. Holland works as an editor and videographer on documentary projects with Crackerfarm, and makes music as Spring Blake.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

Art Crawl logoWAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit

About WAG
The Watkins Arcade Gallery–WAG–is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.

Kevin Dietz Draws Swaney Prize 2015

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Fine Art major Kevin Dietz, a sophomore from Memphis, was awarded the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 12. Established in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the $1,000 cash prize honors a student who produced “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.”

Jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, former associates of Mr. Swaney, praised Dietz’s charcoal and graphite drawings and woodcut and poly-litho prints; in particular, they cited the power of two charcoal drawings which were based on the mythological figure Silenus. Dietz explained, “[Silenus’] archetype has been transferable through out literature and in popular culture without too much representation to his deeper philosophical manifestation. I wanted to play on the classical representation of this character and experiment with eroding this drawing until he became a series of lines and distortion. I’m fascinated with imagery of history and power and all I want to do is deflate them or find those figures whose potency and story is not that of fame and glory.”

Students were selected by their department chairs to participate in the annual competition, and brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Swaney Prize nominees!

Fine Art:
Kevin Dietz
Kay Kennedy

Alex Mattingly

Graphic Design:
Yanet Mireles
Sara Schork

Interior Design
Laurabelle Chytrowsky
Thera Barnes

Joe Nunez
Alanna Styer

Alanna  Styer

Alanna Styer

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Thera Barnes


Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Kay Kennedy


Kevin Dietz

Kevin Dietz

Yanet Mireles

Yanet Mireles

Sara Schork

Sara Schork

Joe Nunez

Joe Nunez

Alex Mattingly

Alex Mattingly





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Film School Partners with Nashville Film Festival for ‘Best Of’ Showcase April 17

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Caroline Davis
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In conjunction with the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival, the Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of six short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes from the 2014 spring and fall semesters. Additionally, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Film School, the evening will also feature work by an alumnus, writer/director Spenser Fritz (Class of 2010), who is in pre-preduction for his second feature film, Cecil (filming begins in April).

There is no admission charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged because seating is limited: email name and contact information to (limit 2 tickets per person).

The seven films, with directors, are:

  • Stuck on an Island by Matison Turner
  • A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me by Jocelyn Lyon
  • The Window East by Alexander Mattingly
  • The Dahmer Deal by Stephanie Adams
  • Where Are All The Birds, Abel? by Calen Smith
  • The Burial of Achmed Pleasantbottom by Travis Slagle
  • Murderer-erer by Spenser Fritz (2009)

Now in its 46th year, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 16–25 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. Visit for the 200-film schedule of narrative and documentary shorts and features, world premieres and guest artists.


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“The Window East,” directed by Alexander Mattingly

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

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

Nashville FIlm Festival logoThe Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 16–25, 2015, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an extended 10-day celebration of film. NaFF’s hub is Regal Green Hills Cinemas with 200 competition films, educational presentations and parties.  NaFF is a public festival attended by filmmakers and industry insiders and an Academy Award Qualifying Event for short films.  In addition to Nissan, NaFF is sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity, Cabedge Design, Regal Entertainment Group, Southwest Airlines, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts of Nashville. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine. Visit


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

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.




Director: Angel Brewer =
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?


  • 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.



Director: Joseph Hemphill =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Sergio Ramos (210-273-8291) =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Corey Miller =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Alison Goedde =
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.


  • 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



Director: Jerome Hooks =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Jonathan Terry =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Robin Summer =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Travis Slagle =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Rose Hook =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Natalia Nové
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.


  • 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.



Director: Shiori Cartwright Sheldon

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.


  • 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.



Director: Derek Newell Estes =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Krista Gail =
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.


  • 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.



Director: Garret Macpherson =
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.
  • 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.


Director: Patrick Cowan =


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