School of Filmmaking presents drive-in and on-demand screenings of fourth-year films

The School of Filmmaking will premiere 12 films by graduating seniors in a free drive-in screening at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway. The films will also be available on demand Friday through Sunday, May 21-23.

The drive-in screening is free, but registration is required to reserve space. Register online or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945.

Produced with COVID-safe protocols adopted by the industry, the exceptional work includes narrative and animated projects.

“The School of Filmmaking is pleased to present these remarkable films by our fourth-year students for a limited time before these films are launched into the festival circuit,” said Interim Dean Dale Pollock. “All of our students have worked very hard under unusual circumstances this year to bring their creative visions to life. Congratulations to the graduating seniors, and to our faculty mentors who have guided and inspired them.”

More about the fourth-year films

“Adrift” (narrative)

"Adrift" will premiere during the fourth-year film screening


After crash landing on an unpopulated planet, a lone pilot forms a connection with their flight computer while trying to escape.

“Adrift” is directed and written by Brian Storck; produced by Andrew Kucmierz; cinematography by Lam Huynh; production design by Shelby Grzech; editing by Nigel Scott; sound design by Olivia Moore and Nigel Scott; visual effects supervision by Sarah Loveland; music by William Church; costume design by Andrew J. Senn; hair and makeup design by Camryn Maiorana.

“Deepwater Sponger” (narrative)
In an alternate 1927 destroyed by pollution, a diver ventures into the Earth’s mysterious ocean to find its last cache of fresh water and save humankind. His treacherous descent brings him face-to-face with untold horrors, forcing him to decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of the mission.

“Deepwater Sponger” is directed and written by Connor Ryan; produced by Dillon Dipietro; cinematography by Katie Mlinek; production design by Emily Kuhlmann; editing by Jack Hansen; sound design by Nigel Scott and Olivia Moore; visual effects supervision by Mark Jabourian; special effects supervision by Lucas Sanders; music by Noland Vannoy; costume design by Sarah Loveland; hair and makeup design by Amelia Brown.

“Home Sweet Home” (narrative)

"Home Sweet Home" will premiere during the fourth-year film screening

"Home Sweet Home"

Dan reluctantly heads into his asbestos-ridden childhood home at the insistence of his fiancée, Zoe, in order to find a family heirloom wedding ring. Rummaging through the derelict house, Dan hears the voice of the house itself, reigniting a long-lost romantic and sexual passion. Dan is now forced to find balance between the loves of his future and his past: Zoe and his house.

“Home Sweet Home” is directed and written by Connor Reveley; produced by Erin Gallagher; cinematography by Ian McCay; production design by Brent Linde; editing and sound design by Bateman Lewis; music by Tyler Hawes; costume design by Diana Haberstick; hair and makeup design by Whitney Cline.

“Homecoming” (narrative)

"Homecoming" will premiere during the fourth-year film screening


Emma is in search of her maternal grandfather, Hans. The United States is shutting down as a result of the pandemic, and she has one last day to talk to him before her flight to Vancouver. Unfortunately, Hans has Alzheimer’s, which makes it difficult for Emma to get answers about her past.

“Homecoming” is directed by Travis Stewart; written by Kelly Simpson; produced by Zach Chaloux and Adriana Herring; cinematography by Emma Manzer; production design by Cecilia Pitts; editing and sound design by Kelly Hois and Abby Meaux; music by Lizzie He; costume design by Sarah Sims; hair and makeup design by Whitney Cline.

“Jazmin” (live-action narrative with animation)
After the disappearance of her younger sister, Jamila finds herself in an unknown world. While searching for her sister, she stumbles upon magic within the world and ultimately within herself.

“Jazmin” is directed and written by Jo Hatcher; produced by Julia Walpole and Kathryn Chapman; cinematography by Asia Jones; production design by Grant West; editing by Natalie Henderson; sound design by Zachary Smith; animation director is Nichole Crawford; music by Calvin Evans, Jr. and Tyler Hawes; costume design by Rachel Anderson; hair and makeup design by JoAnn Battat.

“Mist & Smoke” (animation)
An imp attempts to escape the graveyard ruled by the evil master, the Earl, and potentially help another trapped creature escape along the way.

“Mist & Smoke” is directed and written by Christi Neptune, who co-produced with Kalob Cebula and animated along with Leevie Maverick; sound design by Noah Krueger; music by Lizzie He.

“Peel” (animation)
A young woman must choose between the safety of her office job and her desire to become an artist when her inner dreams begin to barge in on her real life.

“Peel” is directed and written by Kalob Cebula; produced by Nick Bailey and Adam Taubenslag; cinematography by Benjamin Sandler; production design by Brent Linde; editing and sound design by Laura-Ellen Adair; music by William Church; animation by Riley Harber.

"Showdown” (animation)
A girl who is killed and turned into a vampire seeks the blood of the vampire lord to bring her lover back to life.

“Showdown” is directed and written by John Curran, who animated along with Lesliana Delano; music by William Church.

“Tiger Blanket” (stop-motion and mixed animation) 

"Tiger Blanket" will premiere during the fourth-year film screening

"Tiger Blanket"

An abuela (grandmother) prepares for her night with her grandchildren with loads of Hispanic fun. Unfortunately, the grandkids have no cultural connection to their grandmother, nor do they want to be there. As a last-ditch effort, abuela conjures up a story of the Tiger Blanket in hopes that the tale will break through to her nietos (grandchildren).

“Tiger Blanket” is directed by Caro Knight; written by Ashley Miller and Robert Mageau; produced by Julia Lofton Walpole and Robert Mageau; animation by Madison Crisp, Beau Sheil and Victoria Sosa; cinematography by Willow Longbrake; production design by Abel Brone-Hammer; editing by Isaac Balachandran; sound design by Shannon Rose Kelly; music by Alexandra Franco-Zorro.

“Umbra” (narrative)
Derrick moves into a new home only to find it is infested with a strange mold and harboring dark secrets. A shadow looms over Derrick, growing in cadence with his fear of living in isolation.

“Umbra” is directed by Connor Meehan, who wrote along with Liam Baker and Ralph Parker, III; produced by Brock Ferlaak; cinematography by Jacob Love; production design by Jordan Sayman; editing and sound design by Zachary Smith; music by Calvin Evans, Jr.; costume design by Emily Davis; hair and makeup design by Syuan Zeng.

“Virtue” (animation)

"Virtue" will premiere during fourth-year film screening


When the two teenage interns to the Queen of Hellsbury are summoned out of the blue to pry open a jar of Cruelty Free Angel's Blood to satiate the queen’s low blood sugar, they must set aside their egos and use the power of teamwork to avoid being devoured.

"Virtue” is directed by Claire Allen; written and produced by Jordan Moore; animation supervision by Lauren White; animation by White, Spencer Dowdy and Mayson Bonner; backgrounds by Emma Richardson; prop design and animation by Max Williams; storyboards by Claire Allen; 3D sculpting by John Curran; editing and sound design by Kelly Hois; music by Tyler Hawes.

“Within Fallow Walls” (narrative)
In 1930s Oklahoma, an overworked farm boy confronts the source of his father's animosity toward him when they are trapped inside together during the Dust Bowl.

“Within Fallow Walls” is directed by Alyssa Hodges; written and produced by Hailey Hudson and Nick Bailey; cinematography by Juliana Rella; production design by Ben Ter Haar; editing by Abby Meaux and Kelly Hois; sound design by Laura-Ellen Adair and Abby Meaux; music by Lizzie He and William Church; costume design by Sara Petty; hair and makeup design by Nic See.

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