A couple of weeks ago I again had the privilege of serving
as one of the judges of the Redstone Contest, the annual short film competition for BU
film students, and once again I came
away impressed and encouraged by the talent, passion, and originality
demonstrated by the participants. You can see what I'm talking about by
attending a showcase of the best of the selections (including the winners,
which will be announced at the show) that will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at
the Tsai Performance
Center at Boston University.
Among those I highly recommend are Dimitri Kouri (CGS'09, COM'11)
and Zack McGeehan's (COM'11) "Salty Dogs,"
a beautifully photographed and expertly edited day in the life of Winthrop
lobster fisherman ploying their endangered trade. Devoid of any commentary
beyond the playlist of the oldies radio station the crew is listening to, it
employs the minimalist and illuminating style of documentaries like
Maya Tanaka's (COM'10) "September"
combines gritty local color and authentic performances into an ironic coming of
age tale which includes my favorite line, the Melissa Leo-esque, "Don't move,
Maybe my favorite is the poignant, hauntingly dreamlike "Your Way
Home" by Pietro Nigro (COM'10). Set on the Sicilian coast, it's nearly wordless
fable about childhood abandonment and hope of rescue sustains a mood of dread
and wonder through its brooding atmosphere and startling details.
The show is free. It's your chance to see the future of movies --
if we're lucky.
is at 685 Commonwealth Ave.