Mass media arts students screen Indie Study works

On April 28, 2015, Ciné in downtown Athens presented five works by students from Professor James Biddle’s Indie study course in the Mass Media Arts program at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Funded through crowd-sourcing and produced with student volunteers, each work represented passionate filmmaking by students exploring the genres of sci-fi, dark comedy, documentary, drama, and the musical.

Works for the showing included Zoe Taylor's “Picture Perfect.” Produced by Chad Cox, it’s the story of a young woman who falls in love with a young man, only to fall deeper into his world of obsession and abuse.  

Writer and director Brad Gerke presented  “It's Time,” a musical that tells the story of a struggling musician who has forgotten why he loves music until he meets Eva.  It was produced by Beth Anne Watts.

From the mind of Kirby Craft came the sci-fi tale “The Shopkeeper.” It begins with a shopkeeper who lives alone in a ghost town.  After years alone reading the mysterious books in her shop, the love of her life walks into her store.

“Happy Birthday, Kevin” put the comedic mind of writer/director Trevor May onto the screen.  With his dream production team of producers—Jillian Bass, Becca Bennett, and Anna Pence—Trevor brought the story of one child's birthday party that becomes an arena for infidelity, alcoholism, and a cop's quest for glory.

After months of traveling across the South, director Cameron Johnson and producer Savanna Thompson presented “Beeraucracy: One Nation Under Hops.” Shot in Athens, Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston, and Tampa, the documentary explores the craft beer movement and its ramifications on local government regulations.

Date: April 23, 2015
Author:  James Biddle, jbiddle@uga.edu