May 02, 2022

Spring Showcase 2022 - Program & Event Details!

Come celebrate our students' work at our annual Spring Showcase event! 

The F&MAD Spring Showcase is a juried screening of films and media arts projects made by advanced undergraduate and graduate film students enrolled in the Film and Media Arts Department at the University of Utah. This event aims to create a professional screening environment where students can celebrate their work and network with local film professionals and media artists. Awards are decided by the jury based on the pool of films and media arts projects screened in the festival. All works screened by the jury receive professional feedback. 

See the details of the showcase below!

FILM PROGRAM [Tentative, subject to change] 

5:00pm | CHECK IN | Filmmakers Check-In at Film and Media Arts Auditorium Hall (Collection of accreditations and swag).

5:15pm | SILENT THEATER | This program will begin at 5:15pm and will run for the entire duration of the event (5:15pm to 9pm).

5:30pm | BLACK CARPET EVENT |

6pm |MAIN THEATER EVENT | Screening begins at the Main Theater (F&MAB Auditorium) Expected Running Time of 90’

7:40pm | Q&A | Please, notify us if you will NOT be attending. Unless otherwise stated, we will assume that you will be present for the Q&A taking place after the general screening.

8:00pm | FILMMAKERS & AUDIENCE MEET AND GREET | Refreshments provided at the Students Commons.

8:15pm | AWARDS CEREMONY | The Awards Ceremony will close the event at the Students Commons area. There will be an Audience Award. 

WHAT IS THE MAIN THEATER PROGRAM?

A program focused on the power of motion pictures in exploring storytelling as a collective experience that is best enjoyed on the big screen.

WHAT IS THE SILENT THEATER PROGRAM?

A program with a focus on films that invite introspection and meditation on human connections. The shorts included here will play in a dedicated area of the Film and Media Arts Building (next to the Auditorium) where audiences will be able to enjoy these works wearing headphones in a single-person setting.

SELECTED FILMS FOR MAIN THEATER PROGRAM [In alphabetical order by film’s title]

  • Blood of the Undying by Jackson Rees 
  • Devoted by Ki Ozberkmen
  • Dwell In Lovers' Eyes by Abraham Francis
  • Forfeit by Robert Lin
  • Good Luck Kitty by Yein Jin
  • Joy by Milo S Sandrowski
  • kip's itch by Brinton Douglas
  • My Baby by Diana Sovasova, Cayden Turnbow
  • The Crimson Bounder by Parker Rawlins
  • Toothbrush by Cayden Turnbow

SELECTED FOR SILENT THEATER PROGRAM [In alphabetical order by film’s title]

  • A Boy Named Blue by Owen White
  • A Scene Unseen by Chloe Hong
  • Assa by Alekh Chapman
  • Final Project: Late Submission by Minjae Kim
  • Implanting Illness by Loren DeGraaff
  • Neuro-Prime by Gavin Clements
  • REBLOOM by Yuneon Lee
  • STRINGS by Duke Ross

JUDGES

Horacio AlcalaHORACIO ALCALA 

Horacio Alcalá is a Mexican film director and screenwriter with a long professional career and a great international impact. His work expands ambitious documentary projects to institutional videos, fiction, series and music videos.

He is a graduate from the European Inter-University in Italy and Germany. His work has been shown all over the world, including the Boston Film Festival, the NY and Tokyo Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. After 7 years working for the “Cirque du Soleil,” Horacio is currently established in Madrid. He is currently developing documentary projects for the European Union through the CBC (Cross Border Cooperation) programs and the TESIM program of the European Commission, as well as directing documentary pieces on human rights issues for UNHCR among other projects. Just this past April, Horacio has received the BEST DIRECTOR award for his latest feature film FINLANDIA. 

 

Mike OlenickMIKE OLENICK

Mike Olenick makes perverse and puzzling films about the desires of lonely individuals. His films have screened at Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Hamburg International Short Film Festival. He’s won awards at the Slamdance, Ann Arbor, Chicago Underground, and Nightmares film festivals and “The Cure” was a Vimeo Staff Pick. He was a fellow at the inaugural Shudder Labs and he has received numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He was recently commissioned by the Wexner Center to make a trailer for the 25th anniversary of Ohio Shorts. For over 17 years Mike worked in the Film/Video Studio at the Wex, where he edited projects for Guy Maddin and Lucy Raven (including “China Town,” which MoMA acquired). He’s edited countless films for Jennifer Reeder (including “Knives and Skin” and “Night’s End”). He’s currently developing his first feature.

 

Jesseca SimmonsJESSECA SIMMONS

Jesseca Ynez Simmons is a filmmaker, educator and experimenter. Jesseca’s short documentaries have been screened at film festivals such as the Austin Film Festival, Hot Docs, Sedona Int'l and St. Louis Int'l. Jesseca regularly collaborates with other filmmakers as director of photography and camera person. Her images have been seen at IDFA, Chicago Int'l Film Festival, DocLisboa, as well as National Geographic’s short film showcase. Jesseca has been recognized by the American Society of Cinematographers for her work on Emerald Ice, a short “docufantasy” about the American Poet Diane Wakoski. In 2021, the Ohio Arts Council awarded Jesseca an Individual Excellence Award in Media Arts for her continued work on docufantasies. Jesseca is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton and the director of the Dayton Independent Film Festival.

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