Associate Professor Christopher Harris has won the Double Documentary Award for his new film, 28.IV.81 Descending Figures at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Harris' new film is also slated to screen at the Iowa City Documentary Festivalthis April.
After graduating from UCF Film in 2008 with a BA in Cinema Studies, Chris moved to New York City to find work in documentary film and television. Shortly after, he landed an internship with Blowback Productions, where he was quickly hired on as an assistant editor on the HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags about the rise and fall of NYC's garment center. After Schmatta, Chris jumped on Brick City, the Peabody award winning Sundance Channel docu series on the trials and tribulations of Newark, New Jersey told through the mayor Cory Booker, and blood and crip gang members, among others.
Most recently. Chris has been co-editor and associate producer of an HBO documentary on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911 called Triangle: Remembering the Fire. The film tells the story of the 146 women and men who perished in a workplace fire which sparked labor reform and gave a face to the union movement which is now under attack. The film is now airing on HBO. Also, Chris is editing a documentary about unemployment on Long Island which will air sometime early 2012 on HBO and an independent documentary on street dance in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Walter Harris from the American Pavilion will be here informally in the Film office if students are interested and want more info on interning at the Cann and Venice Film Festivals among others. Walter is will speak to students who stop by on March 23rd from 10 to noon in the film office. Please visit the America Pavilion website for more information about their programs.
UCF Film Club invites you to the film event of the season as we proudly present Preston Sturges's classic Sullivan's Travels, on a 35mm print.
This print is one of the last remaining platter reel prints of any Preston Sturges's films...and is one of the few times in your life that you'll get a chance to see such an iconic film as it was originally presented on the big screen.
As Sturges' scathing critique of Hollywood, Sullivan's Travels tells the story of Hollywood John L. Sullivan as he goes through a byzantine, bizarre journey to find the "truth" in the hobo yards Depression-era America.
Attendance is FREE to UCF students. (and everybody else) However, attendance is limited to only 200 people, so keep an eye out for the UCF Film club street team going around UCF passing out the free line-skip passes!
Hope to see you there...if this event is successful enough, you might just see more 35 prints presented by the UCF Film Club in the future!
UCF Film Alum Brendon Kingsbury's film "One Over Wanderlust" has been accepted into Tribeca Film Festival! Brendon made this film for his Honors in the Major Thesis while he was an undergraduate Cinema Studies student.
Also screening at the Florida Film Festival this year will be undergrad Edgar Jorge's A Coincidence of Sorts. Edgars short film won thie years Brouhaha Shorts competition at Enzian. Read more about Edgar's screening.
Shot in July, 2010, "28.IV.81 (Descending Figures)" is an improvised double projection film that was edited in-camera at the Holy Land Experience Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. The noon and 5:00 p.m. performances of the theme park's “Behold the Lamb–Passion Drama" are condensed to separate 100' rolls of film and simultaneously projected side by side.
The “descending figure came in to remind us that a sparked or incendiary ‘someone’… repeatedly flared only to flicker and fade and die down again.” - Christopher Harris