The Frame Film Festival displays student work
ArtHang, Film Club present wide variety of student films, transform gallery space into theater
By Samantha Ward, The Tartan, February 20, 2012
On Friday, The Frame was transformed into a sleek display of video art. The Frame Film Festival, a combined effort of Carnegie Mellon’s student organizations ArtHang and Film Club, displayed the diverse and eclectic film work of students.
The show was largely formulated by sophomore art majors and ArtHang heads Caroline Record and Michael Bennett; Claire Gustavson, a sophomore art and philosophy major; and Film Club president and senior art major Benjamin Welmond. Sophomore Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts student Andrew Bueno, digital media manager for ArtHang, was the technical head who worked behind the scenes and really got the “show on the road,” Gustavson said.
The downstairs portion of The Frame was dedicated to the work produced by the Film Club since 2010. These narrative pieces included 2010 works like “Zombie College: The Musical,” 2011 short group projects from Film Club, and more professional pieces like the trailer for “Static Shock,” a fan film by senior directing major Stefan Dezil, which will be released in March. Rows of metal chairs sat facing the projection, and the notoriously creepy underground space of The Frame was transformed into a theater.
Talia Levin, a first-year Bachelor of Humanities and Arts student in directing and creative writing, explained her experience in Film Club while watching the projected shorts downstairs. “All that you really need to make a movie is people who want to do it.... Film Club is a nice way to know these people,” she explained. “The only way you can learn [how to make films], especially in a place that isn’t a film school, is to keep doing it over and over again.”
The upstairs portion of the The Frame was dedicated to the student work submitted to ArtHang. The dividing walls from last week’s show were kept intact in order to create four separate viewing spaces for the work. Two of the sections displayed several small televisions with their own DVD players and headphones displaying videos on a loop. These devices were slightly hypnotizing to watch, as viewers walked from one TV to the next. Other sections were transformed into larger viewing spaces with seating and films projected onto the wall. The work displayed on this floor varied, but was generally abstract rather than narrative.
The technology that was working to keep the show running seemed to seamlessly continue the loops of video, deliver the audio needed, and run without noticeable glitches. Bueno admitted that the technological aspects of the show provided a challenge, since each separate television had to be working and also have a headphone jack.
First-year linguistics major Edward Wojciechowski III commented upon leaving, “I liked that the array of films showed varied in genre. There was something for everyone.”
This show displayed over 30 student works in an intimate and engaging space. The integration of two student groups allowed for a more thorough display of the many different types of film work created on campus, and provided for a successful show.