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Film and video arts senior films hit the big screen

Film and video arts senior films hit the big screen

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Lycoming College is pleased to present the Film and Video Arts Department Senior Film Screening at the Community Art Center, 220 W 4th St. Williamsport, Pa., on April 18, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Theater seating is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary.

Two graduating film and video arts seniors, Achilles Wice and Nonni Human, will screen their thesis films which include narrative and documentary genres. Students decide on the genre and content of their films under the guidance of their thesis professor, Leah Bedrosian Peterson. They write, cast actors, scout locations, film, edit, and produce their films over the course of the academic year.

This year’s screening will open with “Sneak”, a short narrative film made in the fall semester’s narrative filmmaking class directed by Mayumi Hamada and written by Wice.

“The two narrative films being screened are well written and beautify filmed, and the documentary film is not only cinematically stunning but features four members of the Williamsport community including Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter,” said Leah Bedrosian Peterson, professor of film and video arts and chair of the department at Lycoming College.

The film and video arts seniors are proud to share their work with the community on the big screen at the Community Arts Center. “This year we are screening two very strong films being presented by our film and video arts senior class. They’ve worked for the better part of a year on the writing and production of their work and are thrilled to present it to the Williamsport community,” said Bedrosian Peterson. “We are also excited to open the evening with a film made in our narrative filmmaking course which highlights how well our students work together. This screening is a way for us to share our students’ work in such a way that best highlights their talents and accomplishments.”

The film and video arts department at Lycoming offers a major in film and video arts and minors in film and video arts, screenwriting, and film studies. Courses cover development and production techniques for a variety of film genres such as narrative, documentary, experimental film, video installation, and stop motion animation. The film and video arts curriculum at Lycoming College teaches the theory, writing, technical skills, and grammar of visual language necessary to work with the moving image.

The films slated for screening include:

“Sneak” by Mayumi Hamada (Tokyo, Japan)

Two basketball players discover that their coach is dealing performance enhancing drugs to the members on his team. One of the players is the coach’s daughter and she must come to terms with what this means for the future of her relationship with her father and her team.

“Heirlooms” by Achilles Wice (Newark, Del.)

A short film that follows Lillian, an isolated elderly woman, and her unhealthy fixation on her late husband. Her routine is disrupted when Harper, her granddaughter, comes to live with her. Lillian must choose between a relationship with Harper or living her hauntingly isolated life forever.

“Gems” by Nonni Human (Philadelphia, Pa.)

An experimental documentary film about four people who share their reflection of themselves, and perspectives of a higher power that helped shape their identity today.

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