Film festival features student-directed fare

Published 8:28 am Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lights! Camera! Milligan!
Milligan College will showcase four short works by Milligan filmmakers Friday at its 14th annual film festival, with films dealing with apocolypse, horror, an unusual neighbor and a side order of McDonald’s.
The festival, free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre of Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.
What’s on the bill Friday?
There’s …
“Into the Fire,” an original film directed by Matt Rees, a senior fine arts major from Redford, Mich.; is a post-apocalyptic tale set in an underground survival bunker. Characters Davith and his daughter, Ceiro, have managed to survive the brutal war on the surface by means of their robot and friend, John. John is programmed as a household servant and is fully capable of synthesizing basic food stuffs and filtering water for his human companions. Davith, however, is a man of broken faith, having lost his wife, Gwin, in their flight. He is put to the full test of faith when John shuts down and won’t wake up.
“The Music of Eric Zann” is an adaptation of the short story by H.P. Lovecraft by Collin Hawley, a freshman fine arts major from Woodbridge, Va. It revolves around a man who moves into an apartment in the Rue D’Auseil. While living there, he encounters an eccentric man named Eric Zann.
Then things just get weird.
Fans of “Tales from the Crypt” might enjoy the short horror film “Mandarin Man,” directed by Jon Carter, a communications major (film studies concentration) from Ocala, Fla., who graduated in December 2013.
The last course is “Minimize Me,” directed by Shae Judge, a senior human performance and exercise science major from Vicksburg, Miss.
Those familiar with the experiment done by Morgan Spurlock in the 2004 film “Super Size Me” will note the different approach taken by Spurlock’s film, which focuses on a Milligan student who eats McDonald’s for one month and follows an exercise and nutrition routine developed by Milligan human performance and exercise science majors.
The filmmakers will briefly field questions about their work after each screening.

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