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UT Student Filmmakers Showcase to screen March 21

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present a public screening of its students’ best work in the 2015 UT Student Filmmakers Showcase Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

This still is from William Weppler’s “The Next Big Step,” which will be shown at the UT Student Filmmakers Showcase.

This still is from William Weppler’s “The Next Big Step,” which will be shown at the UT Student Filmmakers Showcase.

Chosen in juried competition, entries include film, video and animation projects created as part of the curriculum.

The UT Film and Video Society, a student-run organization, and the UT Department of Theatre and Film are co-hosting the event. The society is providing free concessions during the screening and hosting a free after-party following the showcase.

Door prizes will add to the evening’s festivities.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and older. Advance tickets are available through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

“I’m so pleased to showcase diverse creative work, ideas and techniques that embody the spirits and intellects of our students. Our program improves every year, and the showcase delivers evidence of those accomplishments to the big screen,” Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, said.

“Our students develop as filmmakers because they are challenged every semester to make festival-ready work,” she added. “The scope of the work ranges from traditional narrative to the abstract sensory and experiential. We use a juried entry process so that our students have an actual understanding of professional recognition.”

“Ultimately, the purpose of a showcase is to build a stronger sense of community, presenting philosophies only feasible through the collaboration of the film students themselves,” Lynne Samman, president of the UT Film and Video Society, said. “Each film will have you inspired, with an itch to create, seeking what defines the definable.”

Works to be screened in this year’s student showcase were created by James Aponte, Melissa Byrd, Andy Collings, Crista Constantine, Meghan Dietz, Jacob Hannah, Alex Hotchkiss, Marcus Jordan, Shawn Loofbourrow, Tanasio Loudermill, Stephen Mariasy, Lydia Messer, Chelsea Phillips, Clayton Riddel, Cory Vail, David Watson and William Weppler.

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