The Digital Cinema Group (DCG) leadership represented at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
From left to right:Monica Hill (MARS Graduate, exhibiting filmmaker), Olivia Villaseñior (DCG President, exhibiting filmmaker), Jack Parker (DCG, Vice President), Erahlea Haidet (MARS major), Litho Freeman (MARS major, exhibiting filmmaker)
Clockwise from left: Crystle Paynther Collins (Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival), Aman Almeida (Jazz Studies Major, composer, Never Give Up), MARS Professor Miriam Bennett, (DCG faculty mentor, exhibiting filmmaker), Rajah Morales (RAT student, rapper, actor Never Give Up), Lionel Morales (Theatre student, rapper, actor Never Give Up), Kanchi Nayaka (singer, Never Give Up), Carrington Collins (actor, Never Give Up), Ruth Nunes (actor, Never Give Up)
Markee outside the Shaker Square Cinemas
Tri-C students see themselves and their stories reflected on the silver screen!
Several short films, and a few features produced by current Tri-C Media Arts and Filmmaking students enjoyed festival premiere showings at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival in Shaker Square Cinemas this week.
In addition to film student films, “Monique from 12-2”, “Simply an Sandwich” and “Albert Bellamy,” the metro campus video “Never Give Up” screened on Tuesday afternoon followed by a talkback with the students, some professional producers and the festival audience.
MARS student, Litho Freeman’s film “Albert Bellamy” featured an original score by Jazz Studies student Claire Mulvany. Their collaboration was the result of the film and music residency and master classes of Terence Blanchard.
MARS graduate, Monica Reneé Hill, who appeared in Olivia Villaseñior’s film, “Monique from 12-2” had this to say: “I had a great experience today at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (#gcuff). I got a chance to see some of my old friends, my favorite prof, and other talented artists. It was awesome to see myself on the big screen for the first time publicly. #grateful #blessed #tric #marsfamily WE ARE FILMMAKERS 💖��””
Professor of Media Arts and Filmmaking, Miriam Bennett, noted, “We received wonderful, positive feedback from the attendees and the festival’s executive director, Donna Dabbs who invited us to look at creating a mini student filmmaker conference for the 2018 festival. I look forward to working with her and our student organization, The Digital Cinema Group, to make that happen. The Digital Cinema Group president and Vice President were on hand to represent the student organization to the festival as well. The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival provides a great way for MARS students and Creative Arts Students to connect to community advocates and professional mentors in their discipline. As a teacher, I see a public film festival premiere as one of those turning points in a student’s academic career where their realize that their stories not only matter but are valued and worth working to share in the form of art.”