From June 25 to July 2, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful film festival in Bologna, Italy: Il Cinema Ritrovato. As part of being named SFTV Scholar of the Year, SFTV generously awarded me the trip. It was such an unexpected and exciting opportunity that I could not pass it up and wasted no time in asking for a week off from my summer internship, which I hadn’t even started yet. They answered back right away, saying, “Great opportunity, no problem, bon voyage!” I couldn’t wait.
Now in its 30th year, Il Cinema Ritrovato is organized by the Cineteca di Bologna, Italy, and showcases films from all periods of cinema: from Lumière’s silent films shot in the 1890s to present-day films. What makes this film festival so special is its emphasis on showcasing restored films, meaning that audiences are treated to projections of film prints, and not only digital files. Some films were even presented with a carbon arc lamp projector, a smoking monster creating an atmosphere all of its own. In this way, audience members experience films in the way they were intended to be viewed. During the festival, I was repeatedly amazed and impressed by the films I saw and their quality.
All of my days at the film festival were entirely filled with screenings, lectures, panel discussions, and of course some sightseeing and good food. Italy does have some of the world’s best food, not to mention its gelato!
The memories from this week that will last the longest are those that were made when I witnessed the incomparable magic that moving images can create upon the screen – characters coming to life, stories being created, and emotions evoked.
I saw a variety of films, but mostly enjoyed the Marlon Brando films I saw, and the silent films shown outdoors with a live orchestra in the Piazza Maggiore, the main piazza in Bologna. Seeing Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin demonstrating their mastery of physical comedy on the big screen, with an audience of sometimes thousands of people sharing in the fun as a live orchestra accompanied the film, was a very special experience and something I will never forget. Other highlights were taking part in the plight and suffering of Marlon Brando’s character in One-Eyed Jacks with so many other people, and seeing the epic images unfold on a giant screen in front of the crowd, as the Gothic Basilica of San Petronio loomed overhead.
I also attended lectures on film restoration and visited the Lumière exhibition in Bologna, which featured an old cinématographe, the original movie camera, among many other wonderful filmmaking tools. I learned that silent films were actually never intended to be seen in black and white, but were tinted and toned, so that the white and black parts of the image were colored differently depending on the film scene. I learned about the painstaking restoring Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller, like the difficulties in trying to find a good original print to base the digital color restoration on. I also encountered quite a number of film greats who were attending the festival, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Claudia Cardinale, Volker Schloendorff, and Jean-Claude Carrière. It was truly special to be in their presence.
I enjoyed this film festival experience immensely and hope to attend Il Cinema Ritrovato again. This film festival keeps the history and magic of old and forgotten films alive, and helps all who are lucky enough to attend gain an understanding of the rich development that filmmaking has undergone throughout the years. I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn so much about where filmmaking as an art form and craft came from, and have become a better filmmaker because of it.
For the second consecutive year, SFTV and BCLA partnered with Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF), where sixteen students interned in conjunction with Professor of Classics Dr. Katerina Zacharia‘s “Representations of Greece: Ancient and Modern” course during the spring semester, and three more with the Greek cinema course during the summer semester. SFTV professor Mikael Kreuzriegler (PROD) and chair and professor of Recording Arts Mladen Milicevic served as jury members for the shorts program at the festival, held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood June 5, 2016.
Dr. Zacharia and her student interns collectively watched over 160 films and assisted in the final selections at LAGFF this year, as well as reviewed International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF) portfolios, offered outreach and social media tasks, and interviewed Greek filmmakers, economists, and LAGFF directors. Dr. Zacharia also brought her students from the Greek cinema summer course to the LAGFF, and engaged two more interns to work with the IPDF, as well as her Rains Research assistant.
Out of the nineteen LMU-LAGFF interns this year, seven came from SFTV, including: Jake Trokey (PROD ’17), Nick Logsdon (SCWR ’16), Gatsby Keyes (SCWR ’18), Joseph Bellavia (SCWR ’19), Gabriela Garza-Lainez (PROD ’17), Samantha Burton (PROD and Classics & Archeology ’19), and Amy Pellouchoud (PROD ’18).
“My favorite part of the festival was the Diversity Panel, which was hosted by the International Project Discovery Forum,” said intern and SFTV junior Amy Pellouchoud. “Hearing experts in the industry talk about their experiences with diversity on screen and behind the scenes was eye-opening.”
Two Honors freshmen, including SFTV’s Samantha Burton (double major in Film Production and Classics & Archaeology), received the 2016 Honors Summer Fellowships, an award of $5,000 each to travel to Greece in May and work with Dr. Zacharia on their projects on different aspects of the tourism industry and branding of Greece during the last decade and since the financial crisis in 2008.
Check out the class blog, which includes presentations, interviews and more here.
Dr. Katerina Zacharia has been teaching Greek cinema for over 15 years at LMU; she published “Reel Hellenisms”: Perceptions of Greece in Greek Cinema” (2008); offered the LAGFF Memorial lecture Retrospective on Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos (2012); served in the 2014 LAGFF jury committee, and now is the LAGFF Director of Education and Culture (2015-). LMU School of Film and Television and the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts became community partners with LAGFF with the first internship in 2014, five internships in 2015, and 19 internships in 2016. LAGFF designated an LMU Special Selection slot at 10 pm on Saturday, June 4th 2016.
The annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, known for showcasing the best short-form cinema in the world, kicked off this week and SFTV is on the scene!
This year, PS ShortFest tapped SFTV animation junior Sydney Snyder ’18 to create a short theater preview commercial reminding festival goers to silence their phones and vote for the audience award. The trailer will play before every program throughout the festival, which runs from June 21-27, 2016.
SFTV will also be hosting the Filmmaker’s Cocktail Reception on Saturday evening, where students, alum, staff and faculty will be networking and enjoying the festivities. If you’re an LMU friend, alum or student attending this year’s ShortFest, drop an email to SFTVgradprograms@lmu.edu to connect with us there!
Check out the trailer animated by Sydney below:
LMU School of Film and Television, in partnership with Film Independent, is proud to announce the following two fellowship opportunities exclusive for LMU Alumni. Please visit Film Independent’s website for more information and to apply for the Screenwriting Lab and Project Involve fellowships.
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The LMU Fellowship includes a $10,000 cash grant, as well as inclusion in Film Independent’s annual Screenwriting Lab. To be eligible, applicants must be alumni of Loyola Marymount University. The extended deadline for applications for LMU alumni is May 23rd, 2016.
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