Fay Kanin, a former Academy Award-winning writer and past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, delivered an inspiring and encouraging introduction to the film showcase held at the academy's theater before an audience of several hundred.
"Our annual student film showcase in a highpoint in our ability to present our most outstanding student films to the professional world," said R-TV-F Department chair Judith Marlane. The films selected are the best of each year's senior projects by film production-emphasis students.
The five films were chosen by a three-member panel of R-TV-F faculty members: assistant professor Bob Gustafson, professor John Schultheiss and assistant professor Jon Stahl. Professor Frederick Kuretski was the showcase director, and the students' project instructor was professor Temma Kramer.
Kramer said, "This showcase is a bridge between our students' academic life and their professional life. It's also a way for them to present their work in a dignified professional environment for the public to view, and to begin making industry contacts."
The senior project films often take the students from several semesters to up to two years to complete, and can cost as much as $15,000 apiece. This year, most of a $20,000 scholarship from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was shared among the film teams to help defray their costs.
The film titles, the principal students, and brief descriptions follow: