Laura Zelanis, fourth-year student in the School of Animation, works on her stop- motion animation A Midsummer Night’s Drive, one of 11 RIT films to be featured in the High Falls Film Festival.
Submitted by Adam Fisher
Films produced by current students and an alumna from RIT’s School of Film and Animation will be showcased at the High Falls Film Festival, an annual event held in Rochester. This year marks the sixth consecutive year of RIT’s presence at this international venue for women filmmakers.
The films of 11 students will be shown from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at the Little Theatre. The following is a list of the students whose work will be featured as part of the program called RIT Student Shorts: Women of SOFA:
Rebecca Haushalter (fourth-year student), It Occurred One Evening, an animated work that portrays two famous Hollywood stars who find it difficult to get the seating arrangements correct on a passenger train.
Brittney Lee ’06 (BFA), The Musical Genius Mozart McFiddle, a film about a man, a piano, a dog and electricity.
Sarah O’Brien (MFA thesis student), Touch, an experimental film that brings the viewer’s perceptions, experience and points of view into play with the lyrical ideas presented.
Tristyn Pease (fourth-year student), A Scabberous Experience, a film about Simon who is teased for believing in the mythical Scab Fairy. How can Simon prove she exists? Simon puts a scab under his pillow, hoping she will appear.
Rebecca Leigh Rogers (MFA thesis student), Fin to Feather, a film about how love can transcend the most unlikely boundaries.
Avery Schwartz (third-year student), South Jersey Museum of Curiosities, a film that explores two women’s lives in the arts from a distinctly female perspective.
Lindsey Timko and Lauren Tracy (second-year students), co-directors of Faith, a film about a woman that deals with her dilemma over having to choose between what is safe and familiar and something that is new and exciting.
Lauren Tracy (second-year student), A Year in 60 Seconds, a 60-second visual autobiography of a recovery process after a threatening knee injury.
Rehema Imani Trimiew (MFA student), Sticks & Stones, a film addressing the psychological repercussions of racial and class disparity in the American public education system. The film is based on the filmmaker’s experiences.
Laura Zelanis (fourth-year student), A Midsummer Night’s Drive, a humorous stop-motion animation and a dire warning to drivers who catch deer in their headlights.
Tisa Zito (second-year student), FOCUS, a film that documents the life of a Rochester City School teacher. It’s a study in the contrast between our public and private lives that reveals how personal quirks, relationships and challenges shape who we are.
“The films are animation and live-action works that range from documentaries to fictional to
experimental,” says Stephanie Maxwell, professor in RIT’s School of Film and Animation. “The works are representative of the high quality and diversity of films produced by our talented students and reflect our women’s critical perspectives, imagination and skillful execution.”