WWU Reel Fanatics to Hold Second Annual Film Festival

William Woods University’s film club, the Reel Fanatics, will host the second annual film festival designed to showcase the short films created by current WWU production students and alumni.

“The First Flight Film Festival,” will be held at 6 p.m. April 17, at B&B Theater Fulton Cinema 8. It is free and open to the public.

The films shown during this festival are production projects such as mock advertisements, narrative genre exercises and book-to-film experiments. Each film will last about 60-70 minutes, with a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening. Awards will also be given for categories such as acting and directing.

Submissions and their directors are: “The Unknown” by Martell Washington; “19 Minutes” by Alaina Leverenz; “First Date Music Video” by Ale’ Martinez; “The Catcher in the Rye” by Dillon Klein; “Genre Study” by Paige Stewart; “CoffeeMate Ad” by Dillon Klein; “Paranormal Police” by Lincoln Purvis; “Home Music Video” by Paige Stewart; and “The High Road” by Derek McCawley. In addition, Yunill Jeon of Missouri Military Academy submitted “The Day After Winter.”

“The students have continued to produce excellent work throughout the past year and we are excited to showcase it once again at B&B theaters,” Tony Weed, film instructor, said.

Filmmaker Aaron Griffin, a William Woods alumnus who is now the multimedia manager for the professional soccer team, FC Dallas, will host the event.

The night before the festival, Griffin will speak on campus. During his talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Library Auditorium, he will show examples of his work and speak about how WWU prepared him for the field.

“I’m thrilled to have Aaron return to host the festival and to stage a separate event exploring his current career managing media for major league soccer team, FC Dallas,” Dr. Greg Smith, associate professor of English and film, said.

“Aaron’s experience in the world of professional sports, business and film with major league soccer will provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the confluence of these three areas, as well as some inspiration and advice for our current students.”