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CNTV’s First Look Festival Showcases Students’ Short Films

• Four programs celebrating 30 student short films to screen Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 at the Director’s Guild of America Theatre

• Additional screenings held Oct. 7 at USC’s Norris Theatre

The USC School of Cinema-Television will hold its annual First Look Festival Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 at the DGA Theatre (7920 Sunset Boulevard) at 7:30 p.m., said Larry Auerbach, associate dean of student-industry relations and supervisor of the event. The four-program festival will showcase 30 advanced short film projects across a variety of genres, including drama, comedy and documentary. All films are produced by students in class workshops or as independent projects and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each program will re-screen on Oct. 7 at USC’s Norris Theatre. All screenings are free; however, reservations are recommended. The USC School of Cinema-Television holds the First Look Festival twice every year in April and October.

“First Look is the best way for the entertainment industry to catch a glimpse of what it has to look forward to,” said Auerbach. “Studio executives, agents and managers flock to the festival just to get a jump on the new talent that’s about to enter the industry.”

The following is the screening schedule for October 2000:

Program #1:
Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (DGA)
Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. (Norris)

“A Legacy in Motion,” directed by D.J. Johnson; “Susanna,” directed by Jason Robison; “Men Like My Father, Families Like My Own,” directed by D.J. Johnson; “Betting the Game,” directed by Tanya Reihill; “Last Time We Went Fishing,” directed by Robert Rasmussen; “The Band,” directed by Rawson Thurber; and “Ultra Girl,” directed by Morgan Nichols.

Host: Taylor Hackford, director of “Officer and a Gentleman,” “Against All Odds,” “The Idolmaker” and “Dolores Clairborne.”

Program #2:
Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. (DGA)
Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. (Norris)

“Out of the Life,” directed by Todd Tuntland; “Melting Glass,” directed by Patrick Grandaw; “Standing By…,” directed by David Nelson; “Boxing’s Been Good to Me,” directed by Temple Brown; “Heavenly Host,” directed by Bernadette Anderson; “Growing Season,” directed by Jenny Bright; and “Meet Joe Gay,” directed by Benjamin Morgan.

Hosts: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, co-writers of “Fairfax Fandango” and the 1999 Drew Barrymore film, “Never Been Kissed.” They are also the co-executive producers of the television series, “Opposite of Sex.”

Program #3:
Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (DGA)
Saturday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. (Norris)

“One Last Fling,” directed by David Brandvik; “The Day Before,” directed by Ann Raziel; “Nuclear Family,” directed by Joe Ballarini; “Super Jesus,” directed by Krishna Ribeiro; “Rest Stop,” directed by Kris Hackel; “Bliss,” directed by Thomas Meyer; “Blueberry Pancakes,” directed by Barbara Stepansky; and “Spin Cycle,” directed by C.J. Young.

Host: David Kirchner, producer of the Child’s Play series, “The Flintstones,” “Hocus Pocus,” and the Emmy Award-winning films “The Addams Family,” “Dreamer of OZ,” Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree” and the Oscar- nominated “An American Tail.”

Program #4:
Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. (DGA)
Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. (Norris)

“One of Those Days,” directed by Stoney Sharp; “Making Love,” directed by Ryan Schwartz; “Tasty,” directed by Billy Hulkower; “Life Is a Sweet,” directed by James Duff; “Before She Met Me,” directed by Peter Miriani; “McCormick’s Plan,” directed by Chris Young; “Dry Spell,” directed by Drew Garcia; and “Partners,” directed by John Chi.

Host: Richard Edlund, who has been honored with six Oscars as well as seven nominations for both special scientific awards and visual and special effects. He has worked on such films as “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Die Hard,” “Alien 3,” and “Ghostbusters.”

Call (213) 740-1153 for additional information and reservations.

CNTV’s First Look Festival Showcases Students’ Short Films

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