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Wofford Denius Longhorn Showcase to take place April 27

Staff Writer
Austin 360

The Department of Radio-Television-Film at UT will host the fourth annual Wofford Denius Longhorn Showcase, which will feature 16 of this year’s best student films, 6 p.m. April 27 at the UT Austin Student Activity Center Auditorium (1.402), 2201 Speedway,

A Q&A and light reception to follow. The screening is free and open to the public.

Last year, three of the showcase films went on to win regional Student Academy Awards, and one of them, Brian Schwarz’s “Ol’ Daddy,” won the national Student Academy Award in the narrative category. One of this year’s showcase films, Elizabeth Chatelain’s “My Sister Sarah,” recently won the prestigious International Documentary Association student film award.

The event will feature the following:

MFA-level Student Films

• “My Sister Sarah,” a documentary (25.5 min.) by Elizabeth Chatelain, MFA ‘13

Sarah is a recovering methamphetamine addict living in North Dakota, as well as the filmmaker’s sister. “My Sister Sarah” is a personal look at her 15-year long struggle with drug abuse and her inspiring ability to survive this addiction. The film won the International Documentary Association (IDA) Wolper Student Documentary Award.

• “Housekeeping,” a dramatic narrative (15.5 min.) by Catherine Licata, MFA ‘13

Charlotte and Elliott’s romantic idyll is destroyed by an unexpected arrival.

• “Skunk,” a dramatic narrative (16 min.) by Annie Silverstein, MFA ‘13

After her pit bull kills a skunk, 14-year-old Leila meets the neighborhood boy Marco. The two form an unlikely bond, until things begin to spin out of control and Leila is forced to protect what she loves most at the cost of her own innocence.

• “Once Again,” a documentary (18.8 min.) by John Moore, MFA ‘12

Through old home movies and animation, filmmaker John Moore revisits his childhood struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The film won the Barbara Jordan Media Award from the Texas Governor’s Office.

• “Something to do with Love,” a romantic comedy (9.5 min.) by Matthew Koshmrl, MFA student

A hopeless romantic who is obsessed with self-defense finds herself in a fight with deadly adversaries when she attends a speed-dating event.

• “Ain’t No Ho In Me,” a documentary (13.8 min.) by Jay Hubert, MFA student

World Champions. On brooms. UT’s quidditch team attempts to rebuild itself after losing almost half of its players to graduation shortly after winning Quidditch World Cup VI. The film won first place at the 2014 WXWC Film Festival.

• “Rehearsal,” an experimental documentary (11 min.) by Tom Rosenberg, MFA student

An emergency crew takes meticulous care to simulate a terrorist attack for training purposes. Once the “bomb” goes off, hundreds of volunteers deliver convincing and surreal performances as stunned and mutilated blast victims. Winner of the Director’s Choice award at the Black Maria Film Festival. The film has also screened at The Viennale, DokLeipzig, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, Dallas International Film Festival, L’Alternativa, Film Society at Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real showcase.

• “Hole,” an experimental suspense (10 min.) by Qian Zhuang, MFA student

After moving into a new apartment, a young woman discovers a hole in her living room wall and uses it to spy on the comings and goings of her neighbor. Lonely and isolated, she begins to lose touch with reality and descends into paranoia, her desire to reach out to the neighbor on the other side of the hole growing into an obsession.

• “I Rot a Poem,” an experimental (1.5 min.) by Philip Hoover, MFA screenwriting student

A letter to home from a faraway place.

Undergraduate Student Films

• “Evidence for Santa,” a comedic narrative (5.8 min.) by Mei Makino, RTF senior

A young girl is convinced the homeless man at the park is Santa and she’s determined to get the truth from her parents.

• “Confession,” a narrative drama (11 min.) by Adam Brandenburg, BS ‘13

An elderly priest unburdens himself to a young archbishop.

• “Smoke Ring,” a narrative drama (12 min.) by Haley Anderson, BS ‘13

An estranged sister and brother remember their deceased mother in a small Texas town.

• “Shooting,” an experimental (0.4 min.) by Ivan Ovalle, RTF junior

Cinematography: A military act.

• “Where Were You,” an animated comedy (2.8 min.) by Chad Werner, RTF senior

A dinosaur, his life and what he believes to be the end of days.

• “Ned’s Rocket,” an animated comedy (1.5 min.) by Kennedy J. Baruch, RTF undergrad

Space Man Ned zooms merrily through the cosmos but can never prepare for what lies at its edge. Runner-Up at the 2013 Asian Film Festival of Dallas Student Showcase, and Jury Award: 3rd Place at 2014 Texas Union Film Festival.

• “Pine,” an animated drama (1 min.) by Dylan Carter, RTF junior

A young girl learns about life and death when her father takes her to chop down an old tree.