2005 Notre Dame Student Film Festival

16th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Browning Cinema - New Venue
January 20-26, 2005

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A new era for student filmmaking at Notre Dame begins on Thursday January 20th as the wildly popular Notre Dame Student Film Festival screens for the first time in the state-of-the art Browning Cinema inside the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

With a brand new slate of creative, intelligent, and entertaining student films produced in the Dept. of Film, Television, and Theatre, the film festival makes its longest run on campus to date.

The 16th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival runs from Thursday Jan. 20 thru Wednesday Jan. 26 with screenings each night at 7pm and 10pm. (There will be no screenings on Sunday Jan. 23). Tickets are $3 for Notre Dame students, $5 for Notre Dame faculty and staff and $6 for the general public, and can be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling 574-631-2800, beginning Monday Jan. 10th. With past festivals selling out, we recommend buying your tickets early!

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival features 18 short student films which were made as class projects during the past year by students studying the art of filmmaking in advanced and intermediate film and video production courses taught in the FTT department. All of the films were shot on location, most in the South Bend area. Local Michiana residents, fellow students, and ND faculty loaned their acting skills to the projects which range from 6-14 minutes in length. From dark comedy to documentary, the films cover a wide range of genres. Total running time approximately 118 minutes.

2005 Notre Dame Student Film Festival Featured Films

Soul Searching At Millark Mill

Directed by: Todd Boruff and John-Michael Kirkconnell
Running Time: 9:00

Description:

A local troupe of ghostbusters head out with an elaborate array of tools to record the ever elusive evidence of some friendly and not-so-friendly spirits.
Year: 2004

Election Day

Directed by: Jimmy O'Connell and Ryan Rogers
Running Time: 6:00

Description:
Using layered realities, graphic effects and performative gestures this film explores the media and voter perspectives. Three friends on a hill are interviewed by a television news crew before an upcoming election.
Year: 2004

joHn in 6/8 Time

Directed by: Laura Giannuzzi and Elspeth Johnson
Running Time: 10:11

Description:
Keeping up with joHn Kennedy, the musical chef of the Irish ensemble Kennedy’s Kitchen, is a tough task. Laura Giannuzzi and Elspeth Johnson take us inside the life of one of South Bend’s hardest working musicians.
Year: 2004

Last Syllable of Recorded Time

Directed by: Eric Houston and Rob Shelley
Running Time: 7:15

Description:

A very quiet and elegant film about the remarkably parallel teachings of Buddhism and Christianity. Last Syllable of Recorded Time depicts a day in the life of a very serious and methodical graduate student in philosophy.
Year: 2004

Ellen, Sara, Shaun & The Rest Of Us

Directed by: Sarah Cunningham and Ernie Grigg
Running Time: 14:20

Description:
A Pittsburgh bar takes a cue from PT Barnum to make a few extra bucks. The result begs the question, “Who are actually the normal people here?”
Year: 2004

Tireman

Directed by: Daniel Young and John-Michael Kirkconnell
Running Time: 8:25

Description:
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster." A young man is stranded on the highway with nothing but his thoughts.
Year: 2004

Found

Directed by: John Hibey and Mike Zonder
Running Time: 9:40

Description:
Set in a post-industrial area, Found depicts an individual's reaction to his particular surroundings. Looking for paint, the character finds an older man left behind by the wash of time.
Year: 2004

Puppy Love

Directed by: Lyndsey Grunewald and Emily Andreas
Running Time: 6:00

Description:
Stuck inside the daily rut of her well kept suburban home, a desperate housewife discovers sparks outside her living room window. If only she can reach out and touch them.
Year: 2004

Friends (to the End)

Directed by: Dan Bulger and Noble Robinette
Running Time: 9:13

Description:
I’ve got friends in low places. Dan Bulger and Noble Robinette direct this blacker than black comedy in black-and-white.
Year: 2004

Near The Equator

Directed by: Hatti Lim
Running Time: 12:30

Description:
Near the Equator explores a relationship between friends and takes the audience with them on their journey which is not quite ready to end. As Katie and Matt find themselves lost in a world of indifference and apathy, we slowly see the beauty in their trivialities.
Year: 2004

Piston Envy

Directed by: Monika Mehlmann and Bailey Ertel
Running Time: 8:25

Description:
Filmmakers Monika Mehlmann and Bailey Ertel reveal that cruisin’ the Mishawaka Strip these days is less teen hangout and more macho auto show. A clever look under the hood at some male bonding in the Midwest.
Year: 2004

Train Wreck: The Making of a Student Film

Directed by: Justin Rigby and Ryan Steele
Running Time: 11:04

Description:
Students Justin Rigby and Ryan Steele set out with enthusiasm to document the crazy, stressful moments of their frustrated fellow student filmmakers. One problem. As documentary dissolves into dark comedy, it seems that the only frustrated filmmakers around are Justin and Ryan.
Year: 2004

Class Rage

Directed by: Spider Kwok and Kateri McCarthy
Running Time: 7:17

Description:
Yuppies beware. Class Rage begins in a bathroom. From behind a closed stall, we hear Marie's refrain: "I love the bathroom. I’ve been working four hours, so I’ve probably made, maybe $27, with taxes. I love bathroom breaks." The perfect model of alienated labor, Marie jumps from job to job, spending lots of time in the bathroom...until she can't take it anymore.
Year: 2004

Dissolve

Directed by: Deacon Bruno
Running Time: 7:54

Description:
Nick is a man on a mission. He's driving around the Midwest, dropping in on the houses he lived in as a kid. Dissolve takes Nick to the most important house, the one he lived in for three years. A handsome older woman opens the door. Nick moves from room to room, reminiscing. They drink a coffee together. He's a fine-looking guy. She asks him to stay for dinner. Long pause…
Year: 2004

Ten Common Uses For Baking Soda

Directed by: Monika Mehlmann
Running Time: 9:32

Description:
A young girl contemplates the sterility of the unpleasant and unnatural environment
surrounding her.
Year: 2004

Less Than Nude

Directed by: Kristina Drzaic and Lance Johnson
Running Time: 8:31

Description:
Olivia can't, or won't get out of bed. Needing crutches to walk, she's feeling very sorry for herself. She ponders the dream life of a mind without a body..until the reality of chocolate cake snaps her out of it.
Year: 2004

Duplicity

Directed by: John Klein and Brittny Heinrich
Running Time: 5:27

Description:
A slice of Notre Dame film noir. Suspicion grows wild inside the crumbling walls of a newlywed’s mind.
Year: 2004

On Deaf Ears

Directed by: John Hibey and Lucy Rzeszutek
Running Time: 13:25

Description:
Battling closed minds and locked doors, quirky student filmmaker John Hibey turns social activist with his partner Lucy Rzeszutek, in a two person attempt to stop an odd low level noise problem making people ill from Kokomo to South Bend.
Year: 2004