Get ready for WestPhest 2018, our annual student film festival brought to you by the Film & Video Program!
WestPhest will be held on Thursday, May 17th in the URBN Annex Screening Room. Doors open at 7PM. Screenings will start at 7:30PM. There will be a pre-screening reception at Landmark starting at 5PM. Food and drinks will be provided. Tickets are $5 each and include entry to both WestPhest and the pre-screening reception.
The categories this year are for films produced in the following classes: INTERMEDIATE CINEMATOGRAPHY, NARRATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, INDEPENDENT PROJECT, DOCUMENTARY, PRODUCTION WORKSHOP, ANIMATION, MICROBUDGET, and UNIV 101 (FRESHMAN FILM). The submission fee is $10 for the first film you submit and $5 for an additional film. You will receive one ticket to the festival and pre-screening reception for that first submission, but not the subsequent one. All money goes towards cash prizes.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 20th. Stop by UCROSS 057 for the entry form and for more details.
On Thursday, April 12th, There will be a screening of Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri at 7PM in the URBN Annex Screening Room. There will be a Q&A afterwards with Art Director Jesse Rosenthal. In addition to Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, Jesse Art Directed Black Panther, American Hustle, and Trumbo. Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss his work and have him answer your questions about any of his films.
Some of you may have recently experienced an error message after launching Adobe Media Encoder stating that the program is no longer licensed. There is a bug with the latest version of Media Encoder that is preventing it from communicating with the license server. We are working closely with Adobe Technical Support and Westphal IT to resolve this issue. In the meantime, if you launch Adobe Premiere prior to launching Media Encoder, the bug is corrected and Media Encoder launches fine. Stay tuned for more updates.
On Thursday, April 5th, Executive Producer Sam Katz and Producer/former Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey will be screening their new documentary, Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies at 6:30pm in the URBN Annex Screening Room. Following the screening, Katz and Rickey will lead a discussion on the film and Philadelphia’s impressive but largely forgotten contributions to American filmmaking. The event is free and open to the public.
Cinedelphia is hosting a live script reading of The Room with Greg Sestero on Thursday, April 19th at 10PM. Sestero will be revisiting his role as Mark in what Entertainment Weekly called “The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies”. Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made was the inspiration behind the film The Disaster Artist starring James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogan. Tickets are $15 each. Click here for more information.
While multiplex theaters in Philadelphia may be few and far between, the recently opened South Street Cinema offers an intimate and affordable alternative allowing Philadelphians to partake in the moviegoing experience. South Street Cinema is a small pop-up movie house located at 327 South Street dedicated to showing cult, classic, and local films. Tickets are only $5, and upcoming titles include Teenagers from Outer Space, Clerks, and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. They also host an open screen night where local filmmakers can show their own films up to 20 minutes long. You can see the full schedule by visiting their Facebook page.
Due to power outages in URBN, Avid Media Composer is temporarily unavailable on all lab computers. Thanks for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.
Update: Media Composer is back online. If you continue to experience issues, please contact Nick Natalicchio or Westphal IT.
Want to find out what’s happening at A+E and the History Channel? On Friday, March 2nd at 12PM in UCROSS 028, join Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President, Head of History & Biography Digital at A+E Networks, and Mark Garner, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Digital Content Licensing at A+E Networks, as they discuss new avenues of growth through social/digital offerings at the History Channel. They’ll also be discussing how the transition from a cable world to a new over-the-top world has changed the TV industry.
On Friday, February 2nd at 8PM, there will be a free screening of Groundhog Day in the Large Screening Room (UCROSS 028). You can watch the trailer here. Come celebrate Groundhog Day 2018 with this classic Bill Murray comedy! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Send RSVP to Nick Natalicchio at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose not to attend, you run the risk of repeating February 2nd over and over again until you do.
On Thursday, January 25th in the Large Screening Room (UCROSS 028), Film & Video students Justin Allison, Shane Emery, Carson Gordan, and Jake Beckhardt will be debating one of the most hotly contested movies of 2017, Star Wars: The Last in Jedi. Justin and Shane will argue the merits of The Last Jedi, while Carson and Jake will argue its shortcomings. Moderators will be Emma Prang and Ethan Lewis. The event is pay what you want, with all proceeds going towards Shane’s senior project.