The American Cinematheque will screen a selection of award-winning short films from the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, which premiered at the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. The program is scheduled for September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre.
“Several years ago it became obvious to us that the short film genre deserved a separate thematic showcase,” says Andrew P. Crane, programmer for the American Cinematheque. “We believe it is important for the short form of artistic expression to be seen on the big screen in a public venue. Most people don’t have access to this showcase unless they attend film festivals.”
The filmmakers represented in the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase won first place in prestigious student festivals and competitions during the past year. Participants are a diverse group, including writers, producers, directors, cinematographers and animators from film schools around the world. Many of the films were produced with the aid of Kodak product grants.
The short films that will comprise the American Cinematheque’s program include:
“PERPETUAL MOTION” by producer-director-animator Kimberly Miner from the Rochester Institute of Technology (winner of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Student Academy Award)
“THE PROJECTS LUMIERE” by producer-director Waleed Moursi from California Institute of the Arts (winner of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Award)
“9:30” by writer-director Mun Chee Yong from the University of Southern California (winner of a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award)
“THE MEXICAN DREAM” by writer-director Gustavo Hernandez Perez from the American Film Institute (winner of a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival)
“SOUR MIX” by writer-director Michelle Oznowicz from the American Film Institute (winner of a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award)
“ONE THOUSAND WORDS” by producer-director Melba Williams from Stanford University (winner of the New York University International Student Film Festival)
“BEBE” by writer-director-cinematographer-editor John Fiege from University of Texas at Austin (winner of an Eastman Scholarship)
“SMITTEN” by writer-director-editor Karen Skloss from University of Texas at Austin (winner at the NextFrame Film Festival)
“LA CIUDAD DE LOS HOMBRES LACTANTES” (THE CITY OF THE SUCKLING MEN) by cinematographers Pablo Gonzalez and Marcos Rostagno from Cordoba Nation University (winners of the 2003 Kodak Filmschool Competition)
“DRIZZLE” by cinematographer Andrew Chan from Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (winner of the 2003 Kodak Filmschool Competition)
“This is an amazing opportunity for film school students to have their work showcased in a major metropolitan theatre,” says John Mason, director of the Kodak Student Filmmaker Program. “All of the initiatives of our student program are designed to help talented, emerging filmmakers bridge the gap between the completion of their formal education and the realization of their dreams. We thank the American Cinematheque for showcasing these impressive films. The amazing talent displayed by these films bodes well for the future of our industry.”
The short films range from one to 26 minutes in length. Filmmakers who are present will participate in discussions following the screening of their films.
“We have a longstanding relationship with Kodak, and responded enthusiastically to this concept when it was presented to us,” adds Crane.
Tickets will be available on the day of the screening, on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $9; Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card is $8. American Cinematheque members will be admitted for free to this screening. For more information, visit