Student films to be featured on the big screen

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 22, 2016 12:15 p.m.

That's a Wrap! Our fourth year film students and their professors.
That's a Wrap! Our fourth year film students and their professors. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

Fourth year film students have a movie and a date booked that will feature their works and you’re invited.

On Sunday, April 24, the students will screen their films at Regina’s Rainbow Cinema. Admission is free.

“It’s cool that it worked out this way, because showcasing our work in a real theatre, on the big screen, is a sweet opportunity that not everyone gets to do,” says Stephanie Proulx, who is co-organizer of the screening with fellow fourth year film student Teresa Puglia. “All of our hard work and progress throughout this four-year program culminates with this screening.”

Film fest set scene
Director Kolbie Nesset (l) with fellow students Brandon Frank and Austin Sumner-Grass working on the movie Stigma. It was a hit with audiences. Stigma took home three awards at the Living Skies Student Film Festival held at the U of R in March. (Photo by Nathan Bertram)

Audiences will be treated to a variety of film genres including sci-fi, comedies, documentaries, fiction, experimental and animation.

“We really want to nurture filmmakers who use the medium to express what they're passionate about, and it's gratifying to see that represented in the range of work produced,” says Mark Wihak, head of the Film Department in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

“To make a film requires a lot of work, and to make films as these students have: working with tiny budgets and crews, within the context of a four-month semester, while taking other classes and in many cases, holding down part-time jobs, it's astonishing what they manage to accomplish.”

For the students, this annual screening means much needed exposure.

“It’s a way for established artists within the province to come see what emerging filmmakers are creating, and makes for a great networking event. It’s also really neat to showcase our work to the public and to get feedback from people other than our peers, professors, and moms,” says Proulx.

Though admission is free, the students in partnership with the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative are raising money through donations and a 50/50 raffle. The proceeds will sponsor two children for the Filmpool’s annual summer film camp.

Event:        Fourth Year Screening
Date:          Sunday, April 24
Time:          2:00 p.m.
Location:    Rainbow Cinema - Regina
Admission:  Free
Reception:   Broken Rack 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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