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On the set of Joseph Young's, An Ode to the Theanthrope. Photo by Felicia Jackson.
On the set of Joseph Young’s, “An Ode to the Theanthrope.” Photo by Felicia Jackson

By Felicia Jackson

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name on the big screen? For aspiring filmmakers Private Screening, Tri-C’s student organized media showcase, has become the first opportunity to accomplish this goal. Presenting the event is Metropolitan campus’ Digital Cinema Group (DCG), who seeks to “promote the cinematic potential of the moving image”.

“It’s more about a community; a community of media makers who want to show their work together in a celebratory environment” says Miriam Bennett. Bennett, an instructor and faculty coordinator of the Media Arts & Studies (MARS) program, inspired Private Screening in 2003 soon after becoming employed at Tri-C. Previously directing a film festival in Iowa City gave her the experience to mentor students in creating their own forum for displaying visual works.

Despite the roller-coaster of expectations behind the scenes of production and organization, this 11th annual Private Screening will be, “a real learning experience for the filmmaker” says Bennett

During his sophomore year in high school Joseph Young, now a MARS student and secretary of DCG, set out to “communicate a message to the masses”. With a simple hand-held Sony camera he began to express himself through online viral videos. “I have a lot of ideas and I believe film is the most realistic medium in order to express my ideas” says Young.

In conjunction with his peers’ films, Young will debut An Ode to the Theanthrope, a philosophical drama exploring the affairs of mankind. “I really want an audience of people I don’t know to see my work, to see my message” he says.

Once judged by industry professionals, student productions will be at displayed at HD quality in the black-box theater.

Recent Tri-C Photography Alum, Casey Rearick, is this year’s photo judge. Organizers are excited to collaborate with him again, and anticipate a great turn out for photo entries this year with the theme being Behind the Scenes at Tri-C.

The video submission form may be found here and the photography submission form may be found here.

Private Screening is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Friday, May 3rd at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in room 107.

Contact Thaddeus Tucker, director of Private Screening, at thaddeustucker@yahoo.com with any questions.

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