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Watkins “Best Of” Showcase Screens Seven April 16 at Nashville Film Festival

April 10, 2016

In conjunction with the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes from the 2015 spring and fall semesters.

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

The films, in screening order, are:

  • Van Gogh’s Left Ear, directed by Emma Holyfield
  • Alice, directed by Robin Summer
  • Moscow Station, directed by Alexander Mattingly
  • Lunch Letters, directed by Micah Atkinson
  • Pillow Talk, directed by Jason Harper
  • Willfully Ignorant, Dangerously Stupid, directed by S.T. Davis
  • Aspies, directed by Travis Slagle

This is the third consecutive year that Watkins has partnered with NaFF on this showcase.

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Click to enlarge poster

Now in its 46th year, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 14–23 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. Visit nashvillefilmfestival.org for the 200-film schedule of narrative and documentary shorts and features, world premieres and guest artists.

About the Program

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

Production courses are small, allowing for faculty mentoring and advising and close collaboration with colleagues.

 still from "Lunch Letters"

still from Micah Atkinson’s “Lunch Letters”

The Film School offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Film, with classes in producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. In addition to the film curriculum, undergraduate 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.

In Fall 2016, Watkins launches a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film Production. The college’s first graduate program is a two-year course of study designed on a “flex” schedule, and applications are now being accepted via microsite MFA.Watkins.edu.

Watkins’ Film Production MFA offers an immersive, collaborative experience in narrative and non-narrative storytelling, with training in producing, directing, cinematography, screenwriting and editing, and emphasis on professional practice. Core courses will be held on evenings and weekends, allowing working professionals to enroll while continuing in their jobs. Additional electives will be offered during weekday daytime hours and summer opportunities are planned for students to complete courses, including independent study, internships and an independent feature/series project.

Nashville FIlm Festival logoAbout the Nashville Film Festival

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 14–23, 2016, 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, 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.