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KILROY WAS HERE

Kilroy Screen Shot

Written and directed by Charles Boyles (2006), KILROY WAS HERE is set in France during World War II. There, an American pilot hangs helplessly from his parachute, tangled in a massive tree. He is soon discovered by a group of orphaned children who have been forced into primitive and feral means in order to survive the war. Separately, the pilot and the children fought for different causes in the same war. Now together, they forge a connection that transcends language – and their cause becomes one. KILROY WAS HERE won the FujiFilm Audience Impact Award at the 2006 Angelus Film Festival. This award is presented to the live-action film whose compelling story, imagery, content and technical excellence delivers strong emotional audience impact. This film was also awarded the Act One Award for Outstanding Screenplay, another 2006 Angelus Film Festival Award.

Director: Charles Boyles
Writer: Charles Boyles
Producers: Laura “Laurka” Marciniak, Dustin Bricker
Director of Photography: David Martin
Editor: Andrew Corvey
Music: Seth Neuffer

THE TRAGEDY OF GLADY

THE TRAGEDY OF GLADY

Written and Directed by Karrie Crouse (2004), THE TRAGEDY OF GLADY beautifully explores the deep but fragile bonds of an adolescent girlhood friendship torn apart by a tragedy they can not equally share. THE TRAGEDY OF GLADY has screened at numerous festivals domestically and abroad, most recently, at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools where Karrie Crouse was one of three nominees for Most Promising Young Director (November 2005). THE TRAGEDY OF GLADY won the award for Best Cinematography of the 2005 FESTCINE International Film Student Festival in Valladolid, Spain (November 2005); was named Best Student Film at the Asheville Film Festival (October 2005), screened at the prestigious Next Reel International Student Film Festival at NYU (September 2005), won Best Amateur Short at the Real to Reel Film Festival (July 2005), and won the Audience Choice Award at the STARZ! First Look Film Festival (April 2005).

Writer/Director: Karrie Crouse
Producer: Sarah Crawford
Director of Photography: Zoё White
Editor: Toby Rogers
Production Designer: Kristine Kennedy
Composer: Adam Blais

SECONDS

Seconds

Winner of the 2004 Cine Golden Eagle Award, this film explores the danger of mixing business with pleasure and the power of love over hate.

Director: Brett Haley
Producer: Chyrea Murdaugh
Writer: Travis Beacham
Cinematographer: Eric Sherertz
Editor: Nate Park
Composer: Aaron Babcock

SPECIAL DAY

SPECIAL DAY

SPECIAL DAY won Showtime's Black Filmmaker Showcase and was broadcast three times on the cable network. In addition to the Showtime award, SPECIAL DAY received a Juror’s Choice Award at the Convergence 2001 Film/Video/Animation Festival and was a semifinalist at the 2001 Angelus Awards. It was written and directed by Anna Dudley ’00 and focuses on the historic Woolworth lunch counter sit-in of the 1960s in Greensboro, N.C. Dudley also received a $30,000 grant from Showtime for the production of a short film, JACOB’S SOUND, that she recently filmed in North Carolina using several of her former classmates as crew. The film will have its world premiere on Showtime.

MAN AND DOG

A senior thesis film written and directed by Randolph Benson '98, MAN AND DOG won a Gold Medal in the 1999 Student Academy Awards and a CINE Eagle award and has appeared in 17 film festivals and markets in seven countries. The film has also been featured on the Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel, WTTW Channel 11-Chicago, University of North Carolina Television, and Telewizja Polska S.A.-Poland. Invited to the Eastman Kodak "Emerging Filmmaker Showcase" at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Benson won an Excellence in Filmmaking Award. He was also one of 15 new directors worldwide selected for the First Appearance program at the International Documentary Filmfestival-Amsterdam.

UNIVERSAL THEORIES OF THE DUKE OF ZEPPELIN

UNIVERSAL THEORIES OF THE DUKE OF ZEPPELIN

Written and directed by Matt Tarquino, Class of 2005, this experimental film explores the possibilities of the fourth dimension through a girl and her dog. It won the 2003 East Coast Music and Video Award for Best Experimental Short in the Emerald Eye Film Festival and Best Student Film in the 2003 Southern Exposure Film Festival.

Producer: Mary Chapman
Editor: Austin Donahue
Cinematographer: Matt Skala
Production Design: Craig Baurley
Music: Amy Beltz & Thom Robinson

THE CHAMPAGNE SOCIETY

THE CHAMPAGNE SOCIETY

Walter Thursby and his boys of the Champagne Society were born in the wrong time, and they’re trying as hard as they can to stay stuck in the past. When Walter encounters Emelia Tuppington, leader of the Anarchist Reading Club for Young Ladies, he finds himself falling in love with a woman opposite him in every way. After Emelia is abducted by a SWAT team for various acts of treason, Walt enlists the help of the Champagne Society to launch an emergency rescue mission. Written and directed by Jonny Gillette, Class of 2003, this film won Honorable Mention - Student Film at the 2003 Southern Exposure Film Festival.

Producers: Nate Shepherd and Becky Schlapack
Editor: Ben Snyder
Cinematographer: Laura Beth Love
Production Design: Scott Wheatley
Music: William Withem

FLOWERS AND FRECKLE CREAM

FLOWERS AND FRECKLE CREAM

A senior thesis film directed by David Rotan, Class of 2000, FLOWERS AND FRECKLE CREAM won the Patrick Peyton Excellence in Filmmaking Award, the top prize at the prestigious 2000 Angelus Awards. It is a narrative about a little girl who finally accepts her freckles and truly blossoms. The film also won Best of Show at the George Lindsey/University of North Alabama Television and Film Festival, and a CINE Eagle.

GET OUTTA HERE

GET OUTTA HERE

Written and directed by Tony Shaff, Class of 2001, GET OUTTA HERE follows a newly married young couple as they attempt to use a popular game show as their ticket out of Mom’s house and a life of their own. The film won second place Grand Jury Award in the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, honorable mention (shorts category) in the Valleyfest Film Festival, honorable mention (student narrative short category) in the UNA/George Lindsey Film Festival and regional winner (narrative) in the Student Academy Awards. GET OUTTA HERE will be released on DVD by Amaze Films in November 2004.

Director: Tony Shaff
Editor: Jim Pierce
Producer: Alicia Collins
Cinematographer: Brian Nisbett
Production Design: Greg Sanders
Music: Jason Schuler