What do regrets, heroes, swamplands and demons have in common? These subjects all will be featured in the annual Aspiring Filmmakers Showcase.
The event will be presented by the UT Film and Video Society and the Department of Theatre and Film at two venues: the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, and the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
The showcase is the largest film event of the year for the department.
The screenings of the best in student films are the culmination of a juried process. The majority of submissions are from students in the Theatre and Film Department, but the competition is open to any enrolled UT student.
“The filmmaker must be a currently enrolled student. Eligible films are created during production film classes and can range from 30 minutes to 3 minutes in digital and film,” said Amanda Hurst, senior film student and president of the Film and Video Society.
The public screenings are an opportunity for students to share their films with a broader audience.
“We do this to see our work, and for our friends and family to see our work. It’s a chance to get ourselves out there,” Hurst said.
Filmmakers and works featured in the screening are:
• Kelsey Anonsen, “316”;
• Kenny Bauer, “Swampland”;
• Anna Coulter, “Oblivion” and “Push”;
• Bailey Cramer, “Do Not Pass Go” and “Halftone Hero”;
• Nick Durant, “Demons”;
• Amanda Hurst, “Ultimo Dia”;
• Andrew Jex, “12 Dark Basement”;
• Lydia Kane, “Learning Through Service”;
• Sylvia Keller, “Affect”;
• Samantha Muirhead, “Eight”;
• Jerod Nawrocki, “Forget Your Face”;
• Jordan Parish, “Below The Surface”;
• Chelsea Phillips, “You’re A Doll”;
• Kim Sanchez, “Margot”;
• Carolyn Sharkey, “Entropy”;
• Steve Stager, “Fallen” and “Regrets”; and
• Lenny Zaleski, “Heart.”
Jurors for the competition included Kirk Baird of The Blade; Phoebe Ballard, UT senior instructional designer; John Dorsey of the Toledo Free Press; and Holly Monsos, associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Tickets — $5 for the public and $3 for students and senior citizens — will be available at the door.