Associate professor’s work screened at Ohio Independent Film Festival

December 5, 2014 | Arts, News, UToday, — Communication and the Arts



Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, has directed and edited a short film, “Bread Elegant,” that was accepted into the 2014 Ohio Independent Film Festival.

“Bread Elegant,” which was directed and edited by Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, was included at the recent Ohio Independent Film Festival.

“Bread Elegant,” which was directed and edited by Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, was included at the recent Ohio Independent Film Festival.

The film was co-produced by Dr. Matt Bereza and Lee Fearnside, who are both faculty members at Tiffin University. It screened in June at the Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

For the festival, “Bread Elegant” ran Nov. 6-9 at Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 Theater in Euclid, Ohio.

The film demonstrates how to build a small brick oven with fire using found objects, and highlights how art and psychology intersect in the food systems world, as well as how local foods positively affect thought and behavior.

“Through primary research, we have learned that people who consistently consume sound food and nutrition have higher self-esteem, achieve higher in school, and have less aggressive behaviors,” Bereza said. “My hope for the movie is to demonstrate how over-regulated the local food initiative has become and how lay-people can create an adequate response.”

The 10-minute film was shot on black-and-white film and has a soundtrack designed and performed by Bereza.

In addition to editing and directing the project, Hey served as the cinematographer. She describes herself as an “undependent” filmmaker and an experimental weaver of media who strives to provoke active relationships between her cinematic art and the diverse audiences that it reaches.

Her work employs a wide range of practice, including single-channel work that is screened within film festivals, micro-cinemas and on public broadcast stations, mixed-media and installation art that is shown in galleries, and live performance and multimedia integration within performance art, and the performing arts of theater and music. She views each practice as an opportunity to intersect or to undermine conventional methods for telling stories via the moving image.

Watch the film at http://utole.do/breadelegant.