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Op-Ed: SCAD Savannah Film Festival Recap

That Time Elisabeth Moss Looked at Me Funny

Jason Chapman, Staff Writer

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival brought many wonderful titles to the Lucas and Trustees Theaters. The festival has ended, separation anxiety has set in and nothing really matters anymore. It was a great time and many amazing films were shown.

I’m a pretentious and insatiable cinephile, so I apologize for the snobbery that follows. Make sure to look up some of the films and movies that are mentioned.

“Motherless Brooklyn” is Edward Norton’s film, but the supporting characters are right there with him. The mysterious and dirty dealing New York elite get a light shone onto them by a private eye with Tourette’s Syndrome. It’s a slow burn, but especially rich in all of the areas a noir should be. 

Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” was a beautiful, spiritual journey. Franz, an Austrian man is forced to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Once he notices the evil that fascism brings to his country, Franz objects to fighting because it is against his faith. He goes through many trials but his wife Franziska and two daughters are always with him.

Director, Terrence Malick is known for his small amounts of dialogue and awe-inspiring shots. With this film, he crafts a beautiful love story that gives viewers amazing performances and an epic story of one man’s drive to fight back against the common place form of evil that invades his country and life.

While shooting “The Peanut Butter Falcon” in 2017, Shia LaBeouf (like many of us at one time or another) had quite the downtown Savannah night. He was arrested and made a scene. After he wrapped shooting, he entered rehab and learned he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The film “Honey Boy” is LaBeouf’s exploration of his troubled childhood. LaBeouf wrote the film while in rehab. His friend and Director Alma Har’el read what Shia wrote and together they made the movie “Honey Boy.” 

Going into this film, you really don’t know what to expect. Upon leaving, you’ve found that it was an exploration of a father and son’s complicated relationship. This film is a deep, unflinching character study that builds and builds to a catharsis that you don’t see coming. It’s a very personal, yet accessible movie. I definitely recommend it for all the “Even Stevens” and “Transformers” series fans.

After the credits rolled on “Honey Boy,” I was distraught and hungry, so I met a friend and got a bite to eat. Next thing I knew it was almost 6 p.m. and I had to hustle down to the red (actually purple) carpet to interview the exquisite actress known as Elisabeth Moss.

En route to the Trustees Theater, I realized it was Halloween. I looked at the outfit I was wearing. Then I thought it’s Halloween. Downtown vintage and clothing resale shop Civvies was on the way, so I dove into the store because it was definitely Halloween. I grabbed a bright blue top hat that had a nicely tied bow and grabbed a button that said, “Time is an Illusion.”

After I donned a ratty old sports coat, I knew it was most definitely Halloween. As the “Much Madder Hatter” I made my way down to the Trustees. It was 6:05 p.m. and I was ready to meet Elisabeth Moss. Some of the professional “journalists” looked at me and scoffed. I really didn’t care what they thought of my outfit, it was Halloween. 

Some time went by and I sat there patiently sweating because it was 80 degrees on Halloween and I was wearing a cheap sports coat. Then people began to whisper, I noticed some of the camera guys gulp and tug at their collars. The man with the notepad next to me began scratching out all of the questions he had prepared and started writing new ones. I sat there thinking to myself “Okay now Miss Moss, let’s hurry this process up it’s hot out here and it’s also Halloween.”

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Elisabeth Moss on the red carpet. Photo by Jason Chapman.

Moss was a short blonde-haired woman who smiled really big. As she made her way down the line answering questions, I sat there with my hands on my hips and tapped my foot against the curb. She was very nice, and never stopped smiling.

Finally, she got down to where I was and it was time for my question. As the Much Madder Hatter I said, “Favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?”

Elizabeth looked at my costume and said, “Is this Halloween or is this you?”

“This is both,” I said.

She said, “That was the right answer.”

Next she stuttered and wasn’t sure how to answer because she hadn’t dressed up in costume for Halloween in a long time. I was taken aback because she was an actress and they dress up all the time. There had to be a day on set where it was Halloween and Don Draper was having a tense conversation with Peggy but at the end of the day, this is all just hopeful speculation. 

“A fairy,” she finally answered.

That is what Moss’ last known Halloween costume was everyone. A fairy, who could’ve imagined? Not I. After coming upon this newfound information, I decided to take off the hat. My job as Much Madder Hatter was complete, and I had succeeded.   

On the night of Nov. 1, the lights in the Lucas Theatre dimmed and “Parasite” began playing. All I have to say is, go see this one whenever you can. It’s one of the best films to come out in the past 10 years easy. It has laughs, shock and heart. What starts out as a con job quickly spirals and becomes much more than you could ever anticipate. 

 

Women In Film Take Spotlight

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Lila Miller, A&E Editor

Who runs the world? Girls. Refinery 29 presented their latest shatterbox series of short films, partnering with Level Forward, during the 2019 SCAD Film Festival. The films were all written and directed by women. 

The SCAD Film Festival was in full swing and featured many films, lectures, red carpet opportunities and Q & A sessions from industry professionals in the film and creative world. 

The films screened included “Girl Callin,’” “Wingmen,” “Human Terrain,” “Jack and Jo Don’t Want to Die,” “Doretha’s Blues” and “White Echo.”

After the screenings, writers, directors and producers of the films talked with the President of Refinery 29 and the audience regarding themes and inspirations of the films. 

Each film professional gave insights about their respective films.

“Human Terrain” was based on a play. The director was raised during the Iraq war and wanted to turn the play into a movie to spark conversation. 

“Girl Callin’” was essentially an imagining of two friends finding a bag of marijuana on a road trip, versus a hitman on the road for the first time. 

“‘Doretha’s Blues’ is interesting because I feel like when you see the police shootings over and over again… the short [film] was my way of grieving. [People] are always concerned about the people that are left behind…. but it’s [about] the people that it stays with,” said Director and Writer, Channing Godfrey Peoples.

“Jack and Jo Don’t Want to Die” was born from the idea of “‘if you could put your pain on hold, would you?’ Jack has an escapist personality, [for] Jo it would be a good thing to come back and have a shot at life. [The film] examines what happens when they talk and have an effect on each other… I made ‘Jack and Jo’ because I am Jack. When I’m in pain I just want to go away and not go through. So, I wanted to make a movie as an ode to not doing that. Pain in certain cases can feel like it’s your whole world and looking at it through someone else’s eyes can help you move forward, ” explained Director, Kantú Lentz.

“White Echo” was about “friendship and female power and understanding your own power and how you choose to use it. [The film] explores freedom to express yourself and having this group of people let you be vulnerable and be who you are without judgement,” said Producer Lizzie Nastro.

Generally, the main theme of the films together were about human connection and that love is the answer. After the screening and interviews, the group offered advice for creatives and filmmakers alike. It is compiled below. 

 

Advice for the Aspiring Creative Person

“Be true to your vision regardless if at the time people would oppose it. Tenacity goes a long way.”

“Throw any sense of imposter syndrome out the door now. Everyone is kind of just figuring it out no matter how many years of experience you have. Take up space. If you’re lucky enough to be on set and making something, you’re exactly where you need to be.”

“Make choices that feel authentic. Choose what is and what is not in the frame.” 

“Speak from your heart and that sounds cliched, but I write from inside out. Continue to be students. Learn something new. Masters are students until the day they die.”

“Don’t get discouraged if the final product is not that spark or image you see in your head. So much of making art is that’s the fun of it. It’s not a reflection of your talent or your worth of being there. It gets better with every single thing you make.”

“Conviction and believing that your story should be told.” 

“Stick to telling the story that you want to tell from the beginning.”

 

 

It’s been a good ride: Farewell exhibit by Christian Roy

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“Cuckoo” by Christian Roy

Blair Wagner, Staff Writer

For most, endings elicit opposing feelings of sadness or happiness. For artist Christian Roy, endings are moments that produce art.

Roy, an illustration major at Savannah College of Art and Design with a background in fibers, has created a masterful final showcase masquerading as a conceptual celebration as his time in Savannah comes to a close. On March 4 at Sulfur Studios, Roy’s final senior exhibit, “It’s Been a Good Ride” will give attendees a unique look into his perception of life and society.

“I’m exploring the simple complexities and life struggles people face throughout their lifetime,” Roy said, an element which is evident in his work. Many of his creations delve deeply into abstract possibilities of existence through two and three-dimensional illustrations.

“It’s Been a Good Ride” displays Roy’s wide range of talents, such as three-dimensional illustration, collage and weaving. Roy follows a diligent process in his work, incorporating sketches, and searching for found objects that can be combined to create illustration. These “found objects” can include textiles, wood, bottles and figurines, a process which can take up to twelve hours.

Any textiles used are hand-dyed by Roy. He even photographs his own work after everything is complete. The result is highly textured and vivid imagery that expresses Roy’s experiences and social commentary.

“Cuckoo,” a standout in the exhibit, is a testament to his honed techniques. The piece consists of “five cuckoo clocks built out of found cigarette boxes and various other mediums”.

“Each clock represents a time someone faces in their own life,” Roy said. “Such as ‘That One Time You Felt Stuck’ or ‘That One Time I Felt At Home.’”

One of the cuckoo clocks, entitled “That One Time I Asked For Protection,” is decorated with an arrangement of ornate cherub and angel figurines, arranged in a shrine-like manner. The construction and detail evokes a playful and childish atmosphere, while intentional composition elicits religious tones and transports the viewer to a deeper moment of introspection.

Roy has made each part of the exhibit relate to different aspects of life the viewer may experience. The title itself is reflective of his message.  “The show’s title is another meaning for celebration of life—or death” Roy said. “It’s the final show before I leave school and it’s been a good ride.”

Roy certainly has much to celebrate.

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The piece is a digital collage that showcases “the struggles and triumphs people with identity disorders face on a day to day basis.”

“My interactions with society naturally influence my work. I want to design and create as a way to help people attempt self-realization in their own life as they draw conclusions centered around my illustrations and textiles” Roy said. “And when people get that ‘aha’ moment, I feel as though I’ve done my job correctly.”

Christian Roy’s senior showcase “It’s Been A Good Ride” will take place Friday, March 4 at Sulfur Studios (2301 Bull Street). Visit chrstnroy.com or sulfurstudios.org for more information.