MFA in Film announces fall residency free screenings and lectures

VCFA’s MFA in Film program will once again host free public film screenings at Montpelier’s Savoy Theatre during it’s upcoming Fall Residency October 22-29. Public lectures on campus will also take place during the week. 

After each screening, there will be a Q&A with the film’s director. We’ll also be showing graduating students work during an afternoon thesis presentation on October 28. Space is limited. Learn more about the films and reserve your seats by clicking on the links below.

Monday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Pushing DeadPUSHING DEAD with filmmaker Tom Brown

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Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Collective UnconsciousCOLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS with filmmaker (and Film faculty member) Josephine Decker

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Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.

RetrievalTHE RETRIEVAL with filmmaker Chris Eska

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Thursday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

Bad KidsTHE BAD KIDS with filmmaker Lou Pepe

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Friday, October 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

VCFA MFA in Film Thesis Presentations and Readings
Noble Lounge and College Hall Chapel

Class of Fall 2016 Filmmakers:
  • Michael Curtis
  • Josh Powell
  • A. Van Jordan

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Friday, October 28, 1:15-4 p.m.

VCFA MFA in Film Thesis Screenings
Savoy Theater

Class of Fall 2016 Filmmakers:
  • Paul Allen
  • Martha Gregory
  • Stewart Jay Koski
  • Jochen Kunstler
  • Mojo Lorwin
  • Rodney Reyes
  • Justin Skotarczyk

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In addition to the screenings and thesis presentations, the MFA in Film program will hold a number of public lectures next week, as well. 

Taming the Inner ChatterLecture 

Lecture: Michel Negroponte
Sunday, October 23                                
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.                                                            
Noble Lounge

From Michel Negroponte: "I launched an experiment years ago: I planned to shoot and edit an entire film concurrently. More specifically, the last day of shooting would coincide with the last day of editing, and then presto, the finished film would reveal itself. The experiment failed and I recut the film many times. Nonetheless, I still think about the creative process all the time. I'm convinced a film resonates in a special way when it has a personality of its own. In part, that thing I call personality is a subtle blending of my own cinematic DNA, and how I see the world around me. What drives the countless choices we make, among them where to make an edit, or how to frame a shot?"


Finding the Funny in Sensitive Subject Matter 

Lecture: Tom Brown              
Monday, October 24
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.                                                            
Noble Lounge   

Tom will show a few of his short AIDS comedies and discuss the challenges of writing, directing, and distributing indie short and feature films. 


Writing is Like Driving at Night in the Fog

Lecture: Marya Cohn            
Tuesday, October 25                              
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.                                                               
Noble Lounge   

Exploring the writing process - both the creative and the practical - from initial idea to producer meetings and everything in between. Finding inspiration, shitty first drafts, writing is rewriting, how to sort through feedback and withstand criticism, and what to do once you decide you're done.


Emotion not Commotion

Lecture: Chris Eska                
Wednesday, October 26                        
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.                                                            
Noble Hall   

Writer/director Chris Eska discusses lessons and themes from his thesis short and two features, including eliciting performances from novice actors, gaining distance from our ideas, and navigating festivals and distribution.


The Moment You Show Up, It's Fiction: Embracing Fiction Storytelling Techniques in Documentary

Lecture: Louis Pepe                
Thursday, October 27                            
3:30 - 5 p.m.                                                                  
Noble Hall

Because of documentary film's associations with "fact" and "truth", we often overlook the form's reliance on the same techniques that storytellers employ in fiction. Likewise, because of fiction's connotations of "invention" and "imagination", we disregard the fact that fiction storytelling grows from the human need to make sense of our very real lives and the world around us. Audiences expect certain storytelling conventions when they watch a film, regardless of form--documentary or fiction. What are those conventions? How do they apply to both fiction and documentary? And what can both documentary and fiction storytellers learn from the ways that storytellers in each form employ these devices? Using examples from his own filmography as well as clips from films that have inspired his work, filmmaker Lou Pepe will discuss storytelling techniques as they relate to both documentary and fiction.