On Thursday, December 3rd at 11 a.m., the Student Film Association officially presented itself to the students of Media Arts in the Museum of Art auditorium. There were, oh… 25 of them, give or take. Hardly an impressive event.
In what can only be reasonably described as a fit of negligent insanity, the Media Arts faculty appointed me to be president of this newly formed organization a few weeks ago. All I can say is, regardless of my qualifications (or lack thereof), I’m extremely invested and passionate about the SFA and what it’s supposed to do.
So you may be wondering at this point (assuming you haven’t stopped reading in utter disinterest) what, exactly, the SFA will do — or why it might be the least bit important to you, a reader of Rhombus and probably not a student of film. Here’s why — we’re the answer to the film school’s biggest problem, which is that student films don’t typically get screened. The way it’s been is that if a student wants his or her film to be seen by anybody, he or she has to go out and organize a screening on his or her own. (Don’t you love gender pronouns?)
The SFA’s primary responsibility is to screen student films. Makes sense, right? Right. Finally, there’s an organization almost solely dedicated to the visibility of our poor film students’ work. We’re positive that if more people see this stuff, our film students will start making better and better films (this isn’t to say their current work isn’t good — it is, but it can always be better) and then go out into the world to work on spectacular things. Ah, the dream.
It may still be unclear why I’m sharing all this with you. Well, I’d like as many people as possible to be aware of the screenings when they happen — and they will happen often.
The first “public” screening will be held in room F201 of the Harris Fine Arts Center at BYU on Friday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. We’ll be showing a really remarkable suspense/thriller called “Nocturnus,” written and directed by Jordan Augustine (not to be confused with myself). I actually worked on this one forever ago as well, so it has a special place in my heart.
The event won’t be more than an hour (nor will it cost anything), so if you’re reading this and thinking that you’re at all curious about what kind of things BYU film students make, you should do your best to be there.
I also offer this news as something of an explanation and apology for not turning out more film-related articles for this wonderful publication as of late. The SFA has eaten my life. But I’ve mostly enjoyed having my life eaten.
Jordan Petersen is a film correspondent for Rhombus.
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