WWU Plans Second Red Carpet Showcase to Celebrate Student Films
|4/19/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The Academy Awards are over for the year, and the Oscars have been handed out. But William Woods University is sponsoring its own Red Carpet Showcase, complete with miniature Oscars.
Featuring student and alumni films, the Red Carpet Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. April 30 at B & B Fulton Cinema 8, 521 Commons Dr. It is free and open to the public.
The first Red Carpet Showcase was held a year ago. Arriving in a limo, students came dressed for the star-studded event in evening gowns and even some tuxedos to walk the red carpet to the cheers of their adoring fans (mostly their parents, professors and other students). They signed autographs and posed for pictures.
The event is a celebration of WWU student and alumni films produced by communication majors in the arts division during the 2011-2012 academic year. Three student films and two radio plays will headline the event.
The showcase features fictional short films starring several members of the William Woods and Fulton communities, as well as documentaries researched across various disciplines. It also displays radio and television excerpts from WWU's broadcasting program.
Film and theatre students will arrive to walk the red carpet at 6:30 p.m. to greet guests and the media. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Cinema 8's large digital auditorium and will end around 9 p.m.
Awards will be given at the end of the night for achievements in performance and technical talent.
The Telescope (Romantic Silent Drama) PG-13 7 minutes
Frank Baker, a young astronomer who hardly has time for a personal life, habitually loses sleep while working overtime late nights at his local observatory, much to the dismay of his boss. However, when a chance meeting in the library stacks introduces Frank to Matilda, a young girl fascinated with outer space, their sudden friendship quickly turns into a star-driven romance. Frank finds himself happily trying to balance his tiring work life and his energetic new love life. But will his dedication to his work and lack of sleep strengthen his relationship with Matilda, or put everything he holds dear at risk?
Written and directed by Lincoln Purvis of Montgomery City, Mo.
Surprise Dinner (Dry-Humor Comedy) PG-13 7 minutes
SeÃ±or Booger wants to surprise his girlfriend, Mrs. Robinson, with a spontaneous romantic dinner. The only problem is he has no idea how to cook! Desperate, Booger seeks last-minute advice from Mrs. Jackson, the pretty woman who lives next door. What ensues is a tirade of blunders, misinterpretations, and "compromising positions" that culminates in a hysterical climax when both Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Johnson, Jackson's suspicious boyfriend, arrive at Booger's disheveled apartment kitchen earlier than expected.
Written and directed by Scott Barker of Mexico, Mo.
The Smithtown's Shadow (Horror-Thriller) R 7 minutes
Jim Teachenor is a newspaper editor for the Smithtown Gazette, a modest publication centered in a small town of the same name where a recent rash of multiple killings is the biggest story to have hit the area in decades. Having written all the news articles covering these murders, Teachenor's current story on the latest homicide takes a horrifying twist when one of his late work nights begins with the discovery of his boss's lifeless body. Now Jim must discover the identity of the Smithtown murderer to save himself while trapped alone inside the dark newspaper building with no way out.
Written and directed by John Couper of Columbia, Mo.
Marena Nelson: Private Eye (Radio Play "“ Noir/Mystery) PG 15 minutes
Gillian Tracey, a woman who secretly moonlights as a private detective, Marena Nelson, behind her husband's back, gets a call from Vince Bailey, right hand man to mob boss, Carlo Gambino. Tony Burnett, the subject of a local police investigation has gone missing. But as Marena pursues her work on what should be a simple case, she discovers compromising evidence suggesting her husband's journalistic work at The Daily Mirror may also have ties to the town's organized crime.
Performed and recorded earlier in front of a live audience in Dulany Auditorium.