If you missed Open Studio / Alternative Assignment

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If you could not attend Open Studio Events on Saturday, please post your alternative assignment here. Attend one of these local arts events/ screenings and write a short reflection (~150-200 words) about who what where you attended / and what was most interesting to you about the work you saw.

Events / Screenings at
Zinema 2- twin arthouse cinema
222 E Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota 55802

MONDAY April 27 @ ZINEMA 2 6pm Homegrown Music Video Festival

TUESDAY April 28 @ ZINEMA 2 7pm Zinema TuesDays Presents: Homegrown Music Video Festival (Encore Presentation)

Woman in Gold Now Playing at Zinema 2 (check theatre for times)
Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold.'

At Zinema 2 on Monday May 4: Join Dr. Jefferson Campbell of the UMD Department of Music as he guides you on a musical journey through the films that make up the Star Wars saga. Presented in video and audio clips that demonstrate how composer John Williams uses musical devices to help tell the story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Tickets are just $10!

Open Studio + Tweed Exhibit on Sat April 25

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Don't Miss this Full Day of events on Saturday!
1 - 4pm : Open Studios in Art&Design Classrooms
4 - 6pm : Annual Exhibit Reception in Tweed Museum of Art
5pm : Awards Ceremony in Tweed
6 - 8pm : Rooftop Barn Dance in Bohannon Plaza

Link to Facebook Event:

On Saturday April 25, UMD's Department of Art & Design will opens its doors to the public to view student work and facilities from 1 - 4 p.m. The Open Studio event includes classroom tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, live music, and an affordable art sale of student work. The studios are located in Anderson Hall, Montague Hall, and the Humanities Building at 1201 Ordean Court on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
Some pix from previous Open Studio Events: http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/openstudios2014/ and

After touring the Art & Design studios, the public is welcome to attend the Annual Student Exhibition Reception, which will be held at the Tweed Museum from 4 - 6 p.m. The exhibition reception will feature live music, refreshments, and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. to announce the exhibition prizes and honor UMD Art & Design scholarship students.

This full day of events will wrap up with a rooftop barn dance in Bohannon Plaza, featuring local musicians and dance callers, Four Mile Portage, from 6 - 8 p.m. Bring a creative spirit, wear your dancing shoes!

Summer Classes : Advanced Projects

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ON TUES March 31 each student will pitch / then Vote on the final short films for the class.

You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot.

More info ... SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

Reel North / Show your video on Tues March 31

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Reel North is a new film and video series at Zinema 2 that asks people to bring in any film/video they've made for a screening in front of an audience of their peers. It's open to absolutely everyone and anyone who wants to see their work up on the big screen. The first event will be Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Visions of Light / Oscar for Best Cinematography


Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography. The film covers the art of cinematography from the conception of cinema to about 1990.

In class we viewed the documentary Visions of Light. What qualities of light and camerawork are you most drawn to in the films of the past? Name a movie and a director of photography whose work is discussed in Visions of Light. What qualities in their work inspire you? How might you attempt a similar visual look in a short film you want to make?

Each year the Academy Awards gives an oscar for Best Cinematography. What film would you have awarded that honor this year? What visual qualities (light, color, camera shots and angles, motion and effects) are you most excited about in recent films? What current director of photography would you want to learn more about? (Name of DOP and URL links to your favorite films by this cinematographer).
Post your short response to the blog comments here by Friday.

WDSE-TV PlayList Studio Audience

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In-studio shoot for The PlayList on Tuesday, Feb. 24th. It starts at 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. The performances are by Maddy Siiter and Todd Eckart.
Please try to go to WDSE TV live studio shoot Tues Feb 24 / sign up to be in audience
If you have interest in employment or internships with local TV this is a great chance to see how it's done. It's just up the hill near the dorms on our campus. The in-studio audience member link is now active. Seating is limited so if your students want to go they should sign up for a spot.
Post your Extra Credit tot he comments here.

Creativity in Motion / CHOICES


Please post a link to your finished video for this project to the comments here. Include a short reflection (~200 words) about how you approached the project and don't forget to include your full name and working link to the video.

Project 2: Creativity in Motion / CHOICES

Choice # 1: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST Select a specific subject within School of Fine Arts (student or faculty member). Shoot a montage portrait of your artist at work, capturing specific activities and tools used in their creative process. You are in charge of scheduling with your subject, getting release form. Plan for best location, lighting, and camera / equipment. Use a tripod (or other rig) to capture a variety of steady shots and controlled camera movements. Light your subject deliberately. Edit to 1 minute with simple sound or music. Upload to vimeo.

Choice # 2: DETESTABLE MADNESS Participate in a crowd-sourced video project for Detestable Madness. TO Do this project you must Sign up to attend the preview performance ( Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 in the Dudley theatre) AND one performance of UMD Theatre show. Use mobile phone / handheld camera to capture video. Share raw footage with Megan R. Edit your own montage to 1 minute that captures intensity of performance with a variety of audience point-of-view shots.
SIGN UP to attend the preview on Wed March 11 in UMD Dudley Experimental Theatre
March 12-14 & 24-28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm / or March 29, 2015 @ 2 pm
Detestable Madness uses modern dance, pop music, and puppetry to bring to life stories of female strength, struggle, and sacrifice. This original collaboration based on the 1000 year-old plays written by Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and explores universal themes. Detestable Madness is adapted by Jenna Soleo-Shanks and the cast.

Choice # 3: MASH DASH! In this alternate version of the MashTash project... Attend Moustache Run on March 7. Capture video using a range of shot types and camera motion. Use both handheld and tripod on location. Remix video with other video from Mash Stash. Edit 2 versions / 30 sec and 60 sec spots that capture the spirit of the event in a creative way. Possibly, include work with an actor to build in a fictional character. Upload to Youtube and link 30 sec spot to the MASHTASH map. Upload 60 sec spot to Vimeo.

Blog Assignment : 5 Short Films


What makes a good short film? What types of stories and characters can be captured in this short format?

Please view at least 5 Short Films over the next month and take notes using the format below. Find quality short films... like Oscar Nominated Shorts, and other award winning short films. View others you find on the web. Be selective. Join Vimeo to help you start a list of your favorites. If possible, find works that relate somehow to your own creative work, as inspiration for a technique or look you hope to achieve. Try to use films that are longer than one minute and shorter than 15 minutes (though the definition of a short film may vary).

Make notes on your favorite shorts, type your reflection and post to the blog once you have viewed 5 shorts. Your blog must note all of this info for each film (some of this info can be found online and pasted into your reflection):

Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website, dvd, tv or movie theatre)
Story Synopsis:
Visual strengths:
Use of Light / Color:
Digital techniques:
Use of Sound / Music:

OVER THE NEXT MONTH, YOU SHOULD PLAN TO VIEW MANY SHORT FILMS and PICK YOUR FAVORITE 5 shorts TO BLOG ABOUT. IF you made it to the Oscar Nominated Shorts, you can include your favorites in your list. If you missed the Zinema screenings, please check out some shorts from the library and watch on DVD. There are also links to many collections of short films on the class blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/jrock2/viznar/short_films/

See links to Short films...






CLEAVE LAND at Zinema on Tues Feb 10 at 7:30

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Visual Narratives students should plan to attend
this film screening and panel discussion if possible:


Cleave Land, a documentary written and directed by William Payne, explores the impact of sub-prime mortgage foreclosures, extreme poverty, and rampant drug violence in the ghettos of Cleveland, Ohio. Focusing on the community activists and the police, it presents a complicated, complex issue with insight and intelligence.

The Zinema will screen this new documentary as part of our Explorer's Club series on Tuesday, Feb 10th at 7:30 pm.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Karen Sunderman of WDSE TV. On the panel will be Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, Citizen Review Board Member Renee Van Nett, Xavier Bell of Community Action Duluth and filmmaker William Payne.

Join us for a fascinating film and an in-depth discussion on the questions it poses.

Framing your shots / from Tony Zhou

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Go See These at Zinema!


Zinema 2- twin arthouse cinema
Opening February 6th: Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action & Animation

This year's Oscar nominated short films make their way to the Zinema next Friday! The Animated and Live Action shorts will run all week, with the Documentary shorts having a one-time only showing at 2pm on Sunday, Feb 8th.

Live Action: Parvaneh - 25 minutes / Boogaloo and Graham - 14 minutes / Aya - 39 minutes / The Phone Call - 21 minutes / Butter Lamp - 15 minutes

Animation: Me and My Moulton - 14 minutes / Feast - 6 minutes / The Bigger Picture - 7 minutes / A Single Life - 2 minutes / The Dam Keeper - 18 minutes / ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS: Sweet Cocoon - 6 minutes / Footprints - 4 minutes / Duet - 4 minutes / Bus Story - 11 minutes

Locative Media Art / Links

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Locative art is art which uses location-based media such GPS or Wi-Fi as its medium.
It is a sub-category of interactive art or new media art, which explores the relationships between the real world and the virtual or between people, places or objects in the real world. Locative media can involve emerging technologies such as: mobile phones, GPS, wireless networks, and other hand-held or portable devices.

These technologies enable inter-connectivity between locations, determine locations and mapping and enable participation in storytelling and games. Locative media can be used to express specific attributes of place through local history, connecting us to and with histories of architecture, urban space, the changing city and the combinations of news, folklore, and data flows which allow us to interpret and understand where we live.

The MASH'TASH project falls into the category of Locative Media Art because we will be attaching and sharing our digital art through an interactive map...

Locative Media Projects done by UMD Art&Design Students

Locative Media Examples:

Locative Category:

Spring 2015 > Blog # 2 / MASH'TASH Locations


Select a local LOCATION for your MASH'TASH project. The location must have public access and be a place you can pinpoint on a google map. Share your idea for a location on the blog comments here. (about 150 words, where/ what / who / why is this the location that you want to develop?) Scout location for Mash'Tash project by visiting with camera to shoot stills and video clips. Scout best times of day for interesting lighting options and camera angles. Provide 10-20 horizontal stills of your location that show your understanding of the range of possible camera shots and angles. Have these images ready to share at the second class. Plan for character/ story elements that make the most of location. Think about character and integration of MASH'TASH rules.

PROMPTS / QUESTIONS to help identify interesting locations:

MASH'TASH Project / Intro + Rules


MASH'TASH Collaboration:

Reuben Irving (UWorcester, Digital Film Production and Animation students) and Joellyn Rock ( UMDuluth, Digital Art and Filmmaking students) plan a collaborative project to begin early in 2015. The project borrows from the aesthetics of remix (mash-ups), Dada and Surrealist games, setting a playful tone for the collaboration. Over the next few months students will engage in creative assignments to be shared and remixed in various ways. Projects will include digital art, sound and video clips that share characters/conflicts, facts/fictions, past/present/future lore about our locations. As locative media art, the project will use maps (google maps or other tools) to connect short videos to places in our local landscapes. In this way, our students will introduce each other to Duluth and Worcester. By sharing files electronically, they will also be encouraged to build on each others' stories, scenerios, characters, and sense of place. All good games have rules: Each story must somehow include a character with a mustache. Hence the title of the project: Mash'tash ! The project should be launched this spring in some form that we can share easily on both sides of the pond. (Mash'tash wordpress site, map, and possible app!)

Spring 2015 > Blog #1 : IF...


If this was a story about my life, it would be a ___________________ (genre / style), created by _________________________________ (artist/ director).
The story about my life would be ____________________ ________________________________________ (describe visual qualities and emotional tone). It would be set in _______________ (era) in ___________________ (location). The pace of the story would be _________________, the camera work would be ______________________.
It would be the story of _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
(short synopsis). In the project, my ________________ (family member) would be played by _____________________ (actor) and __________________ (actor) would play the love interest.
In the climax of the story, _________________________ would happen. This scene would feel very ______________(emotion) and be visually _________________ (look). The audience would be most surprised by the ending, when I _________________________________________________________.

Fall 2014 / Final Project Reflections


Please post your final project reflection to the blog here

Your Name:

Project Title: Run Time:

Credits /your collaborators and their roles:

Link to your project on Vimeo:

Describe your own creative process, activities and tasks: (such as:
 research, location scouting, test shooting, etc)
What equipment did you use? What shot choices did you make? 
What challenges came up and how did you meet them?
Did you create any special effects or animation? 
How did you work with sound, music, voice-over?
Reflect upon your final edit of the short film project.
What aesthetic and technical choices did you make to create a work?
 What choices of shot types, rhythm, pacing, cuts and transitions did 
you make as an editor?
 How do you think these choices support the emotions or ideas you hope
to communicate to your audience?
How did you create solutions when technical problems came up? 
What works best about your edit of the final project?
 What might you do differently if you had more time and experience?

Ildiko Rippel Guest Lecture / Wed Nov 19 at 5pm


University of Worcester theatre/ performance professor Ildiko Rippel visits UMD next week 11/17-11/20. Please Don't Miss: Ildiko's public presentation on Wed November 19 at 5pm in Bohannon Hall 90.
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Blueprint by Zoo Indigo

Ildiko Rippel
Senior Lecturer in Drama & Performance
Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Ildiko's research focuses on new technologies in contemporary performance and the virtual presence of "non-performers" in theatre.Ildiko is co-founder and artistic director of Zoo Indigo, Nottingham (www.zooindigo.co.uk), which has been creating and touring innovative contemporary theatre in collaboration with new media artists since 2002. Through the use of humour and the reprocessing of cultural images, Zoo Indigo's work explores the accidental, anecdotal and autobiographical, with a focus on interactive new technology. Her research explores the digital "non-performer'', through involving live video connections to the performers' sleeping children in Zoo Indigo's performance Under the Covers (2009-2013).

Digital Filmmaking students should plan to attend this lecture and post your reflection (~150 words) to the blog here.

Film Noir / Blog Assignment


Students in Art2040 were asked to view a Film Noir movie in preparation for the Opera Fatale project this semester.

Please post to the blog here...
1- your name
2- title of Film Noir you viewed / director, year / link to film info
3- short response to the film / what you found most compelling about the film
4- what you noticed about the camera shots, angles and lighting / how you tried to integrate and apply the approach to your Opera Fatale scene

Reuben Irving / Oct 14 lecture / Oct 15 class

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Don't miss visiting filmmaker lecture 6pm on Tues Oct 14! Blog about his lecture here.
Reuben will also be visiting our class on Wed Oct 15 which will meet at our regular time, but in the Library Multimedia Hub.

How to Draw for Storyboarding

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this is a great overview!

SOPHRONIA at Duluth Depot on TH Sept 11

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Traveling Sophronia / Multimedia Installation
7-9pm on Thursday Sept 11, 2014
Duluth Art Institute / Depot Great Hall
506 West Michigan Street in the Duluth Depot

Sophronia will follow the 5-7pm exhibit opening of
Signs & Wonders by Jim Klueg and Fatih Benzer
Don't miss both events!

The Sophronia Project is a digital media installation and interactive performance by artist Joellyn Rock, multimedia composer Kathy McTavish, netprov creator Rob Wittig and a gang of collaborators. Electronic music by Tobin Dack. The collaborative project offers both physical and virtual space where participants may spin their own stories of Sophronia. On the walls, the graffiti angel mixes text and digital imagery gleaned from the project database... In a glowing tent, the audience can play along with projected video and digital animations to become part of the carnival... Come see what is illuminated when these two half-cities collide!

THANKS: Sophronia was first presented at Northern Spark 2014 with the support of Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center. Special thanks to the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at University of Minnesota Duluth. Joellyn Rock is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (www.aracouncil.org) which is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Minnesota State Legislature, and The McKnight Foundation.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515379808673708/
More info at http://robwit.net/sophronia/

Sophronia Shows : Sat Aug 23 & Th Sept 11

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Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo

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10 famous editing moments...

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Set of Six / Visual Narrative Short Films



This spring, UMD Acting for the Camera students and Visual Narratives filmmakers collaborated to create short video projects, each integrating a glass from this set. Scenerios were brainstormed, locations scouted, characters invented, scripts developed. Six teams went into production, shooting 6 different scripts, each featuring at least 2 actors in speaking roles. Each story varied in choice of setting, character conflicts, mood and genre. Each filmmaker edited a unique cut of their project. Music students created original compositions used in sound tracks for many of these shorts. Duluth locations included the Glensheen Mansion, the Duluth Depot, and the Tweed Museum of Art.

Links to the SET of SIX shorts on Vimeo can be posted here:

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey
covers the history of world cinema, from the 19th century into the digital age.

Select an Episode and watch on Netflix streaming
1Birth of the Cinema2The Hollywood Dream3The Golden Age of World Cinema4The Arrival of Sound5Post-War Cinema6Sex & Melodrama7European New Wave8New Directors, New Form9American Cinema of the 70's10Movies to Change the World11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream12Fight the Power: Protest in Film13New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution15Cinema Today and the Future

The Power of Film

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Some TED talks about cinematic storytelling

Playlist: The power of film
12 talks · 3h 12m · Curated by TED

Andrew Stanton:
The clues to a great story
TED2012 · 19:16 · Filmed Feb 2012

Panasonic Lumix GH3: Tips

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The White Balance, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons are located on the handle, as is the front dial, which is used to navigate through menu features and select exposure parameters. When you select any of the three buttons, you can either navigate by using the touch screen or the dials atop or on the back of the camera.

Hint: To quickly select white balance, choose one of the manual WB settings, aim at a pure white, grey or black object in the scene, and press Select White Set on screen. Then hit the Menu/OK button, and your white balance is set.

Manual Video with GH3 camera

More GH3 video tips

The Bechdel Rule

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One of the most enduring tools to measure Hollywood's gender bias is a test originally promoted by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her "Dykes To Watch Out For" series. Bechdel said that if a movie can satisfy three criteria -- there are at least two named women in the picture, they have a conversation with each other at some point, and that conversation isn't about a male character -- then it passes "The Rule," whereby female characters are allocated a bare minimum of depth...

Alison Bechdel's 1985 'The Rule' comicstrip

The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women

2015 Sundance Short Film Challenge

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Attention aspiring filmmakers:
Here's a chance to make a short film about people overcoming poverty.

5 entries will be featured at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: http://b-gat.es/1gfJ29x

Create a unique, compelling, and personal Short Film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.Your Short Film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple -- the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities.

Music in Cinema

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Walter Murch

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What is the future of film?

...a master of picture editing and sound design, Murch has worked with, among others, director Francis Ford Coppola on such cinematic milestones as The Conversation, The Godfather I, II and III, and Apocalypse Now.
"Walter Murch: From The Godfather to the God Particle"

Walter Murch on Editing:

Exercise 3: Creativity in Motion


Exercise 3: Creativity in Motion
With an artist and creative process as your subject, shoot a montage portrait of an artist at work, use a variety of shots and camera movements. Light deliberately. Edit to 30-60 seconds with simple sound or music.

Post Link to Project on Vimeo by Tuesday after Spring Break
Include in your blog post:

Title: Full Name of Artist who is subject of your video

Video by : Your Full Name

Any other credits (music or sound)

Student Examples (2013):






Also: View The Playlist, local public television spots on artists

Tutorials on Lynda.com

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There is so much good support for your learning online.

Please make sure to do at least 8 hours of Lynda.com training over the semester.
UMD users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on lynda.umn.edu. Lynda.com's vast library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade Windows and Mac video tutorials.
Use your UMD log in to Lynda training tutorials:

Video Tutorials > Learn about videography and motion graphics, including tutorials on storyboarding, color correction, lighting, and video editing in After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro.

Photo composition

Project Imagination / a model for collaboration

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Project Imaginat10n launched with a photo contest, inviting the masses to interpret 10 storytelling themes through photography. After receiving tens of thousands of submissions, the 91 winning photos were announced. Then, the 5 Celebrity Directors and 5 Film Contest Winners each chose 10 photographs, one from each theme, to inspire their films. Watch them all here...

David Bordwell on Constructive Editing

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Sundance Film Fest > New Frontier

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Movies to catch on Netflix

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Movie List: Must-Watch Films You Might Have Missed
by BLOUIN ARTINFO 01/01/14 7:59 AM EST

"Frances Ha" - Directed by Noah Baumbach

"To the Wonder" - Directed by Terrence Malick

"Something in the Air" - Directed by Olivier Assayas

Short Films + Online Posting?

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Short films and online posting / film festival eligibility...

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