Media Arts and Filmmaking Private Screening Recap

Trailer for Private Screening 2015 from Miriam Bennett on Vimeo.

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The Tri-C Private Screening is an annual event showcasing the talent of emerging media creators within Tri-C. The 12th Annual Private Screening was held on May 1, 2015 in the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at Metro Campus. Below are highlights from the event:

Trailer for Private Screening 2015: https://vimeo.com/126333990

Pictured below: 2015 Private Screening Judges and Awards


Pictured below: freeze fame of Occupied, directed by Mike Austin, winner of the Purple-Films award at Tri-C Private Screening 2015
with Cullum Anderws, Michael Austin and Galen Marten at Private Screening 12th Annual Student Showcase.

Pictured below: freeze frame from the Jury Award Winning film, Proud. Directed by Ian Kroyer. — at Tri-C Private Screening 2015.

Pictured below: freeze frame from Game Over, directed by Thaddeus Tucker, winner of the Tri-C Private Screening 2015 Audience Choice Award,
2nd runner up for the Jury Prize — with Thaddeus Tucker and Bradley Marquise Penman at Tri-C Private Screening 2015

Pictured below: freeze frame from How Beautiful, Directed by Joseph Zitt, winner for the Moving Studio Productions award,
2nd runner up for the Jury Prize. — at Tri-C Private Screening 2015.

For more images and information on the event, follow the Facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tri-C-Private-Screening-2015/243863569034522?sk=photos_stream

Also, Congrats to the Media Arts and Filmmaking Class of 2015! There were more graduates from Media Arts and Filmmaking at Tri-C (MARS/VCDV) this Spring than in any previous semester. Best of luck Class of 2015!

Media Arts and Filmmaking Private Screening Recap

In the Know with Adrian Fabian

afRT:What brings you to Cuyahoga Community College?

AF:I really wanted to take my love of film to the next level. It’s one thing being a film buff but actually knowing what goes on behind the scenes changes the whole movie viewing experience. It’s like learning how to do a magic trick.
RT:How has becoming a filmmaker impacted your way of life?

AF:It really changed the way I watch films and approach them. I now know how much work filmmakers go through and it truly is something I want to be a part of. It’s a great feeling knowing what you want to do with your life.

RT:What part of your education at Cuyahoga Community College means the most to you?

AF:The ability to be creative and express myself. The thing I really like about Tri-C is the fact that they don’t hold your hand. They let you be creative and let you figure out what you like about film while guiding you along the way. It’s overall been a great experience.
RT:What is the title and genre of your upcoming film?

AF:My upcoming film is called Yellow and it is a thriller/horror that is in the vein of the Italian sub-genre the Giallo. Some of the films that were inspiration where Deep Red and Suspiria.

RT:As you were making this film what were some of the obstacles you faced as a director/producer?
AF:Overall there weren’t many issues with the film. I had an amazing crew and my cinematographer Sam knew exactly what I wanted and executed it perfectly. Acting was an obstacle at first and getting natural performances but in the end it turned out great.
RT:In 60 seconds give me a rundown on what the film is about?

AF:Yellow is about a group of friends with a dark secret that has come back to haunt them. One of the friends is picking them off one by one and they don’t know who.
RT:When making films do you happen to draw from personal experience?

AF:I feel like a part of me is in the film but I think influence from the movies I like have more of an impact.
RT:What would you say to other filmmakers and new Media arts and VC&D/VCDV students to know as they go further into the degree?

AF:If this is something you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life and you live and breathe movies pursue it and don’t let anything hold you back.

RT:What made you come to Cuyahoga Community College rather than going to any other college or university?

AF:I like the small class sizes because it makes it more personal. Also I like how hands on it is.

In the Know with Adrian Fabian

Tri-C Private Screening is May 1st!

This Friday! May 1st! Come see the latest short films from students at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts. The show will be preceded by the popular Annual Media Arts Potluck dinner from 4:30 – 6pm and film screenings will begin at 6:30pm. Come grab something to eat and then join us for the evening.

As a special addition, graduating Media Arts students will be exhibiting their portfolios in the BlackBox from 5-6pm. So come eat, meet up with old friends and new, see what Tri-C filmmakers have been up to!

We are very pleased to have some amazing judges and special awards to announce this year as well. As is our tradition, all awards are announced and presented immediately following the screening that same evening.

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Tri-C Private Screening is May 1st!

Tri-C Student Production Office at CIFF

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This year, once again, Tri-C students and some Media Arts and Filmmaking Alumni created a media hub on site at the Cleveland International Film Festival where exhibiting filmmakers sat down with students to discuss their films and some of the stories behind them.

Check out all the interviews from CIFF 39 at clevelandfilmtalk.org

Tri-C Student Production Office at CIFF

New Featurette on Tri-C Jazz Fest Cleveland and “A Great Day in Cleveland” edited by Adam Smalley

We are pleased to present this featurette on Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland and the Great Day in Cleveland produced by Terri Pontremolli, directed and edited by Adam Smalley. This window into the Jazz community of Cleveland and the history of Jazz in the city was created in part by Tri-C Media Arts & Filmmaking student filmmakers who were privileged to film with some amazing Jazz luminaries at the historic and beautiful Palace Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio) during the Great Day in Cleveland.

Jonathan Wayne and his Tri-C photography students produced the group portrait of all the Cleveland Jazz artists who converged on the Palace Theatre for A Great Day in Cleveland.

Special thanks to Media Arts and Filmmaking at Tri-C (MARS/VCDV) Portfolio and Cinematography 1 students who came in to film A Great Day In Cleveland and to Cigdem Slankard our Associate Producer, to Director Miriam Bennett (Moving Studio Productions) who directed the Great Day in Cleveland segments along with Assistant Director Cory Michael Sheldon. Both Bennett and Sheldon are also Tri-C faculty members in Media Arts and Filmmaking. Tri-C Alum, Jose Infante crafted amazing individual photographic portraits of the artists, some of which we hope to unveil at Private Screening 2015 on May 1st!

the behind-the-scenes crew
the behind-the-scenes crew
New Featurette on Tri-C Jazz Fest Cleveland and “A Great Day in Cleveland” edited by Adam Smalley

In the Know with Mike Berry

 editmikeRamone Tolliver: What brings you to Cuyahoga Community College?

Mike Berry: To get a deeper insight into the art of filmmaking. To increase my knowledge of the art and the techniques and skills I need to be successful.

RT: How has becoming a filmmaker impacted your way of life?

MB: It has given me a new voice and new platform to express my artistic side and release the intellectual properties that build up in my mind, while at the same time, helping inspire, motivate, and guide others.

RT: What part of your education at Cuyahoga Community College means the most to you?

MB: Just understanding the process and that school is a part of the process.

RT: What is the title and genre of your upcoming film?

MB: Banger. Its a suspense thriller.

RT: As you were making this film what were some of the obstacles you faced as a director/producer?

MB: Budget is the biggest. It takes money to get things done, even if only a little bit. Then trying to manage people to understand the bigger picture in the process of making a film. It’s a large task that sometime people take for granted.

RT: In 60 seconds give me a rundown on what the film is about?

MB: A Haitian Immigrant killed in a gang war and his mother conjures a spell using voodoo to bring him back to exact revenge on those who killed him.

RT: When making films do you happen to draw from personal experience?

MB: Yes. I have been through a lot of things in my life, molestation, violence, prison, depression, but through it all the arts have given me a release, a voice and place to express myself, and using those experiences I stay motivated.

RT: What would you say to other filmmakers and new Media Arts & Filmmaking students to know as they go further into the degree?

MB: Study your craft.

RT: What made you come to Cuyahoga Community College rather than going to any other college or university?

MB: The price for one, and the good things I’d heard from others.

Mike Berry, Tri-C Media Arts student, Director/ Cinematographer “BANGER,” interviewed February, 12th, 2015 by Ramone Tolliver, Student Media Outreach Coordinator, Tri-C Media Arts & Filmmaking

“When a turf war between two street gangs leads to the death of a young Haitian immigrant, his mother conjures up a spell to bring her son back from the grave to exact revenge on those responsible. The code of the street is simple; stay true to the gang, stay focused on the streets – but most importantly, stay alive.”


“Banger” is the forthcoming feature film directed by Mike Berry / Skip Thomas Productions

In the Know with Mike Berry