The communications department at Kansas Wesleyan University is sponsoring the first Smoky Hill Independent Film and Television Festival on campus.
Known as SHIFT, the Friday and Saturday festival will highlight the work of “independent media producers in Kansas,” said Paul Green, production manager and adjunct communication studies instructor at KWU.
“Locally grown media, that’s what SHIFT is all about,” he said.
Green said filmmakers from Lawrence, McPherson, Wichita and other Kansas areas will be represented at the festival, which he hopes will become an annual public event and educational tool for students.
“It’s really snowballed into something people have an interest in,” he said. “The support we’ve gotten from people in Salina has been outstanding.”
Admission to most festival events will be free of charge. Friday’s events will take place in Fitzpatrick Auditorium and most of Saturday’s activities will be in FA 200, the Fine Arts Mac Lab, both located in Sams Hall of Fine Arts on the KWU campus.
Friday’s events kick off at 1 p.m. with guest Leif Jonker speaking on the art of creating horror films. At 3 p.m., cartoonist Matt Orsman will discuss the “Art of Terror.” At 6 p.m., Isaiah Marcotte’s film “Sphere Cycle” will be screened, followed at 6:30 p.m. by Jonker’s film “Darkness.” At 8 pm., three guests will join KWU professor David Silverman to discuss independent filmmaking.
At midnight Friday, the horror classic “Night of the Living Dead’ will be screened in Fitzpatrick Auditorium. Cost is $1 for students and $2.50 for the general public. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of more equipment for the KWU communications department.
Saturday’s events begin wit the 9 a.m. opening of the “60-Second Film Challenge.” Participants will be given a topic and asked to make a 60-second film in six hours to be judged by a panelist later that evening. First prize will receive $100 cash and gift certificates from local…