MONDAY, MARCH 30
OKLAHOMA CITY — Seven Oklahoma City University students’ projects have been accepted to the ninth annual Oklahoma Film and Video Studies Society Conference, which will be held April 4 in Tulsa.
The conference gives university students across the state a forum in which to discuss and learn more about the art of filmmaking. Presentations and screenings will take place throughout the day.
“This conference serves as an excellent venue for students to share their works and gather ideas for their next projects,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, noting that last year’s conference was at OCU.
Fritz Kiersch, head of the Moving Image Arts Program at OCU, said he is proud of his students and pleased that their hard work paid off. Kiersch added that the film studies conference is a highlight in the school year for his students, and it helps drive interest in the film industry across the state.
“It’s a major tool in the society’s goal of promoting the film and video culture in Oklahoma,” he said.
Of the seven OCU students who received acceptance, four were invited for their research papers and three won nods for their films.
Students representing OCU for their papers include Ilea Shutler with “Existential Philosophy In European Cinema: Hiroshima Mon Amour,” Bryan Cook with “The Red Grip: An Analysis of the film Raise the Red Lantern,” Larry Elisalde with “The Auteur Theory: Carl Theodore Dreyer” and Pam Bobier with “Hiroshima, Mon Amour: An Analysis.” Papers can be written about any subject related to the criticism, history and theory of film, television, media or other screen studies.
Student films include “The Fourth Floor” by Nathan Gardocki and Sam Calvin, and “King Me” by Adam Carter.
Carter’s film captures a story about two friends who “drive into the sticks” to play their arch nemesis in a game of epic circumstance — checkers.
“How far would you let your pompous greed drag you and a friend into gambling debt?” Carter hypothetically asks through his film. “Clearly, no length of time or space is far enough for our hero. Greed will drive this film till it crashes and explodes... literally.”
The keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be Sterlin Harjo, who filmed “Barking Water.” Harjo was named one of the recipients of the United States Artists Fellowships in 2006, the fellowship’s inaugural year.
He also directed “NVision” and “Goodnight Irene.” He won an American Indian Movie Award as Best Director for “Four Sheets to the Wind” in 2007.