2004 Student Film Festival set for Jan. 22-26

by Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame’s 15th annual Student Film Festival will be presented Jan. 22, 23, 24 and 26 (Thursday-Saturday and Monday) at 7:30 and 9:45 each evening in the Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium.p. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the LaFortune Student Center or by calling 574-631-8128.p. The approximately 115-minute presentation will exhibit 12 short features that represent the film and video work of Notre Dame students training for careers in film and television. Each film was completed in about two months, as a component of the four film and video production courses offered by Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre.p. Continuing a tradition that began last year with the appearance of Notre Dame head football coach Tyrone Willingham in a cameo role, this year’s festival also will feature a surprise Notre Dame celebrity in the opening film.p. Among this year’s films are the following:p. ? “Teresa C.,” by Sarah Cunningham and Joe Muto, tells the story of a young woman’s struggles to come to consciousness about her unwanted pregnancy.p. ? “Martinsville,” by Matt Amenta and Kajal Mukhopadhyay, explores racial violence in an Indiana town as a young Indian man runs out of gas there on his way to work.p. ? “Molly Has Three Jobs,” by Garrett Fletcher and Ernie Grigg, is a tough film about the discipline and love it sometimes takes for a working-class mom to keep it all together.p. ? “Civil Wars,” by Ryan Steele and Justin Rigby, is a paean to Bill, the most popular and most dangerous guy in their high school’s senior class.p. ? “Spanglish,” by Lance Johnson and Andy Gomez, tells of Gomez’ experience coming to this country as a war refugee from El Salvador, poor and unable to speak a word of English.p. ? “Lucky Rock,” by Todd Boruff and Emily Smith, explores the ups and downs of pre- teen life from the perspective of a junior high school girl who thinks she’d be better off dead.p. ? “South Bend by Night,” by Garrett Fletcher and Joe Muto, offers an inside look into a quirky band of incognito Midwest bloodsuckers who roam the streets of South Bend.p. ? “Bye Bye Birdie,” by Alex Grunewald and Juli Baron, follows straight-faced Grunewald on his surreal journey to find a suitable resting place for Birdie, the family poodle recently diagnosed with cancer.p. ? “Ad Nauseum,” by Chris Bannister and Saleem Ismail, is a formal examination of language and reactions to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and how they compare to the early moments of the war in Iraq.p. ? “Quieres Camerografo? Or Searching for Love in a Post Title IX Era,” by Justin Leitenberger and Derek Horner, is an often hilarious look at a Notre Dame student who searches for love in all the wrong places in an attempt to find romance.p. ? “Assuming Identity,” by Taylor Romigh and Liam Dacey, provides a fresh and enlightening look into the personalities of some of Notre Dame’s finest students and staff who just happen to be gay.p. ? “Roses are Red,” by Kristina Drzaic and Kateri McCarthy, is a black-and-white film that tells the tale of a handsome undergrad who is being tracked by a secret female admirer perched high up in a nearby tree.

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