Student Film Showcase At The Athena Cinema

Amy Elyse Brighter

Updated Thu, Feb 2, 2012 3:36 pm

This Friday, the Ohio University School of Film and Arts for Ohio will present 12 films by second-year film students at the Athena Cinema.

Covering a variety of genres and styles, the films are the second part of the school's graduate program.

First-year students are required to produce three short films under strict guidelines.

In their second year, they have the chance to do a project of their choice--for example, a narrative film or a documentary--before starting their final thesis project.     

"The filmmaker can spend a year working on a project; some have made more than one,” said Steven Ross, director of the School of Film.

Two of the students, Ryan Wilson and Riley Wilson, decided to create two films to show. There was a collaborative atmosphere among the second-year students, which allowed the filmmakers to create multiple projects.

“The second-year films tend to be fairly ambitious, which you will see,” said Ross.

The screenings are also a learning process for the students, since they are able to witness the audience's reaction to their work.

"You find out things about your movie that you don’t necessarily realize," said Ross. "You’re sitting in the editing room for so long with your work, you lose a bit of objectivity. You go to a screening and you feel an energy in the room...or a lack of energy in the room."

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on Friday, Feb. 3. Admission is free. For more information, visit