For the fourth consecutive year, the short film produced by Watkins’ Pre-College Program participants has been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival. Among Flowers, written, directed and produced by high school students Micah Atkinson, Austin Ernst, Chloe Masten and LeeAnn Ruffing entirely during the three-week program, will screen during the Young Filmmaker’s Showcase on Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m., at the Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.
Film School Visiting Faculty Sam Dalton leads the film track of the Pre-College Program, with assistance from adjunct John Warren.
About Among Flowers (11 min.)
A teen girl, Lily (Jayla Palmer), is resistant to therapy sessions until her persistent psychologist, Dr. Jennings (Sam Dalton), finds a way to connect to and talk about her grief. Upon discovering that Lily has suffered recent losses, Dr. Jennings uses art to help Lily express her feelings. On the verge of a breakthrough, Jennings hits a roadblock. Lily’s parents pull her from therapy and Dr. Jennings begins with a new patient. Audiences are left to wonder if Lily discovered a way to conquer her emotional fears or if she is destined to continue her internal struggle. Among Flowers was written, directed and produced by the 2013 Watkins Pre-College film students. Watkins Pre-College is an intensive three-week program for motivated high-school students hosted by Watkins Community Education and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.
Check out the complete 2014 Nashville Film Festival schedule