Films by Seattle University students Barb Hoffman ('20) and Hailey McGill ('21), and by recent alum Mathew MacDonald ('19) screened at this year’s prestigious National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), a Seattle-based international film festival for filmmakers under the age of 25.
Based on the quality of “Melons,” McGill was also invited to apply for, and won, the T-Mobile Foundation's "T-Mobile Uplifting Voices Challenge." The challenge award includes a $2,500 cash prize for McGill's next film project, and mentorship from T-Mobile Content Studio producers and creatives. It also guarantees that McGill's next film (or a work-in-progress) will screen at NFFTY in 2020.
Hoffman's film “Keys,” McGill's film “Melons” and MacDonald's film “Mormor,” were all produced in SU Film Studies courses. Selected from a pool of more than 1,200 submissions, they were screened among the 265 films by filmmakers from 24 states and 24 different countries.
Photo, left to right: Mathew MacDonald, Hailey McGill, Suzanne McAuley, and Barb Hoffman on the NFTTY red carpet.
By Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson, Director of Film Studies
Film welcomed two new tenure track faculty Ben Schultz-Figueroa and Alex Johnston joining the team, offering new classes in Science and Film, Animals and Film and Found Footage, joining other new classes in Sound Design, James Bond, Film Festivals and Pacific Cinema. Both Dr. John Trafton and Dr. Schultz-Figueroa announced that they had secured publishing contracts for new books. Dr. Trafton's research is on Southern California visual culture at the turn of the century and L.A. as a film capital, and Dr. Schultz-Figueroa works on experimental scientific films.
Film hosted 39 events over the year, including campus screenings with our partners the Tasveer Film Festival and the Social Justice Film Festival. Highlights included the two time Academy Award winning Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's screening and discussion of A Girl in the River. In March the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference was hosted in Seattle with over 3000 scholars attending. Three special conference events were organized by Seattle U film faculty including a panel of Northwest film practitioners moderated by John Trafton at the Egyptian Theater, a screening of one of Dr. Johnston's films at Northwest Film Forum and a discussion of ethnographic film at the Burke Museum with Dr. Schultz-Figueroa. Film started a new Professional Development series called 'Movie Bites' featuring filmmaker and producer Dan Merlino and Washington Filmworks CEO Amy Lillard in conversations with students about career pathways. Spring saw two sponsored films (Lynch, Good Kisser) and one industry panel at the Seattle International Film festival, and Danny Glover, the Executive Producer of Lynch, a documentary on race and sports turned up at one of the screenings! Finally, the large graduating class celebrated with the first awards ceremony for Film Students with new prizes and trophies given out. One of our alumni Brandon Bassler has already secured a job as a Publicity Assistant at Lifetime Television!
Photo: Film Studies student Kevin Cobb with Danny Glover at SIFF
Directed by: Wendy Jo Carlton
Hoping to add a little spice to their two-year romance, Seattleites Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring and enigmatic stranger, only for it to expose the cracks in their foundation.
Workshop SIFF May 28: How to Build an Online Following For Your Feature, Short or Episodic
Lynch: A History (documentary)
Directed by: David ShieldsA mesmerizing video collage rather than a traditional doc, this portrait of heroically controversial ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch focuses on his narrative-controlling interview strategies in the context of race and media celebrity in America.
Over the 2017-18 academic year and 2018, Michael Lee and Brett Thompson were each interns at the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. They created a video to tell the story of the amazing work Seattle U’s Center does to change the world and combat climate change.
Six new Film prizes and Awards were given out.
Some of the Winners of the Graduation Ceremony 2019
Amelia Zeve (Winner of Best FIlm Analysis Award) Dr, Thompson, and Dr. Trafton.
Dr. Thompson with winners of Best Social Justice Film, Connor Merrion, Nils Gollersrud Dr Johnston, Barb Hoffman, and Suzanne McAuley.
Nils Gollersrud, Winner of the Kiwi Award for Best Film Program Mascot
The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival presents a very special evening with the two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. The program will consist of a screening of her Oscar-winning documentary, A Girl In The River, followed by a conversation with Sharmeen about her work as a documentary filmmaker. She will be receiving the prestigious Tasveer Emerald Award 2018.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is the only female director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen multi-award films in over 16 countries around the world. Her films include Student-Athlete, Girl in the river, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, Peace Keepers, and Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.