A buffet of films and interaction

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

While students may receive the bulk of their college education in a classroom, sometimes they get a taste of their studies in the real world. The student-operated Visions Film Festival and Conference is a peer-reviewed film festival and conference organized, planned and run by undergraduate film students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

For three years, Visions has brought together rising filmmakers and film scholars from other film programs around the world to offer presentations, panels, workshops and networking opportunities designed for undergraduate film students.

The festival will take place from Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. until Saturday, April 6 at 2 a.m. Free festival passes are currently available by pre-registration, and can be picked up at Lumina Theater on the day of the event starting at 8:30 a.m. Up to five free group passes are available for families. 

Festival passes grant access to all screenings and other events, including conference panels, receptions and the Pass-holder’s Lounge after party in the second floor clock tower lounge, where fourth year film student Matt Gossett will unveil a new “video buffet” installment.

“I’m really interested in video glitch art, which is where you take something that’s got some kind of signal or message and you jumble it up in some random way that’s kind of out your hands,” Gossett said in an interview on Sunday, March 24.

By shorting out parts in the circuit board in a video player device, Gossett said that he could create the desirable effect on the TV or other visual device. “It’s kind of a digital mishmash of lights and geometric square and pixels,” he said.

Gossett said that while the interactive “video buffet” features video feeds projected onto screens and in monitors around the room, a collection of salvaged, handmade and repurposed electronic devices will be laid out buffet-style for audience interaction.

“They’ll have their individual signals and be able to watch it on a small screen in front of them, but also these go into a mixer and then go onto the big screen. They’re all contributing to this end video,” he said.

Gossett’s Video Buffet will open at 7:30 p.m., while pass holders and students may mingle with attending filmmakers and conference panelists. This offers an opportunity to provide the networking experience that Gossett said he’s looking for.

“To me, what’s really important about Visions is the networking,” he said. “Because that’s becoming more important for students, business people or just any career you’re in.”

Gossett said he’s looking forward to interacting with other students and panelists like Piotr Sulkowski from the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School, who has a short narrative (“Miruna”) and documentary (“The Conversation”) in the festival, as well as Lydia O’Neil Bullock from Corcoran College of Art & Design and her documentary (“A Girl Called Iba”).

As part of the programming department of the festival this year, Gossett said he has already picked up on ways he wishes to contribute next year as one of the assistant directors, and hopes to bring more new features and attract even more students of different interests and backgrounds.

“Visions brings together a bunch of undergraduates [who] have produced superlative work, whether it be films or scholarly research. “It gives them the real-world experience to show their films and give presentations on what they’ve researched … that’s something that they’ll take with them well into their careers,” Gossett said.

For festival details, film block schedule or to pre-register for passes, visit www.visionsfilm.org

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