Friday, March 28 | 7:15pm | Melwood Screening Room
477 Melwood Avenue
In celebration of the extraordinary and untold stories of men, women, and children exercising their pursuit of life, Carnegie Mellon University enthusiastically presents the 2014 International Film Festival theme "Faces of Work", held March 20 - April 5. The theme "Faces of Work" emphasizes the local faces of work in a global context. Audiences are invited to enjoy internationally acclaimed films from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Egypt, Chad, Iran, India, Vietnam, China, Canada, and the U.S. The feature films are keynoted by screenings of CMU Filmmaker and Psychology Professor Paul Goodman's short films exploring the hidden faces of these lives in his collection entitled "The Changing Nature of Work."
In connection with the festival, directors are invited to submit short films to the shortFACES Film Competition for review, award, and, most importantly, public enjoyment. Submissions must represent a perspective situated around the theme of work.
The 2014 Carnegie Mellon shortFACES Film Competition will present four awards.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
First Prize is sponsored by the Department of Media Arts at Robert Morris University.
Second prize is sponsored by The Film and Visual Effects Department of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, including the Media Arts & Animation; Digital Filmmaking & Video Production; and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Departments.
Jim Daniels has written three independent films and produced two of them. No Pets, directed by Tony Buba (1994) appeared at the London Film Festival, Fiqueira da Foz Film Festival in Portugal, and many others. Dumpster (2005) directed by John Rice, received awards at seven film festivals, including Best International Comedy, at the Calgary Fringe Film Festival, and appeared in more than a dozen festivals overall. Mr. Pleasant (2010) John Rice, director, also appeared in more than a dozen festivals and was shown on "Filmmaker's Corner" on WQED. Daniels has published fourteen books of poetry and four collections of short stories. He is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon, where he has taught since 1981.
James Duesing is an animator who has worked in many forms, from traditional hand drawn and early digital work to 3D and motion capture projects. His work has been exhibited and broadcast throughout the world including: The Sundance Film Festival; PBS; Siggraph; The Berlin Video Festival; MTV; The World Animation Festival; The Southern Circuit; Showtime; The Movie Channel; The Learning Channel; The Stuttgart International Festival of Animation; Shanghai Animation Festival, Peoples Republic of China; The Tate Gallery and the National Film Theater of London, England; Film Forum, New York; the Varna World Animation Festival, Bulgaria; the Hirshhorn Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan; and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. He is a Professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art where he previously Co-Directed The STUDIO of Creative Inquiry and Co-directs the media initiative at the Center For Arts in Society.
Nicolas Hurt, has produced multiple independent short films, including "The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested," an official selection of the 2013 Faces Short Film Competition. He has a BS in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and leaps at the chance to write, direct, and produce any film that tells a meaningful story.
Julia Joy is a senior Film Studies and Communications major at the University of Pittsburgh. As a true cinephile, she has an extensive knowledge of film history and analysis. Julia hails from New York City where she grew up frequently attending classic and foreign films at art-house theaters. In 2012, she won a University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Undergraduate Writing Award for her essay on Black Swan. Her favorite films include Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, A Clockwork Orange, and everything from the French New Wave era. Additionally, she is a fan of the films of Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick, Louis Malle, Agnes Varda, Alfred Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky, and Charlie Chaplin.
Carolina Loyola-Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. Her work has been shown in galleries, art events, and film/video festivals both in the United States and abroad, including such venues as the 10th Havana Biennial; Bangkok Experimental Film Festival; Biennial of Video and New Media in Santiago, Chile; Three Rivers Film Festival; Biennial Arte Nuevo InteractivA in Merida, Mexico; SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and Boston Latino International Film Festival, among others. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Multicultural Arts Initiative, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, et al. In addition, she has been a stage performer for many years as a flamenco dancer and as an actress. In Pittsburgh she is part of the ensemble Alba Flamenca, with which she has performed all over Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. She has also worked with Quantum Theatre in the productions of The Red Shoes, Maria de Buenos Aires, Ainadamar, and Mnemonic. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and currently is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University.
Andrew Maietta, Associate Professor, Digital Film & Video Production Department, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. M.F.A. Screenwriting and Directing, Columbia University; M.L.S. Film and Literature, Duquesne University; B.A. Journalism, Duquesne University. Producer/Director/Writer/ Editor of the documentary Rumor of Blue Sky. Film work exhibited at the San Francisco and Chicago International Film Festivals and WQED. Awarded film production grants from The Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program, and Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation. Artist member: International Documentary Association (IDA) and University Film and Video Association (UFVA).