KCET's Annual 'Fine Cut' Student Film Festival Honors Filmmakers From Eight Schools, Premiering June 23

Four-Week Series to Showcase Student Films from Art Center

College of Design, CalArts, Chapman University, 

Columbia College Hollywood,  Loyola Marymount University, UCLA and USC

Burbank, Calif. - Jun. 10, 2014 - KCET, in collaboration with the Bridges/Larson Foundation, presents FINE CUT: KCET'S ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF STUDENT FILMS, honoring filmmakers from seven renowned schools across Southern California. Now celebrating its 17th year, the four-week series will showcase some of the finest documentaries, comedic, dramatic and animated shorts by students. The series, hosted by legendary actor/producer Jack Larson, begins June 23, 2014 at 9 p.m.


This season's participating student filmmakers hail from Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Chapman University, Columbia College Hollywood, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) and University of Southern California (USC). 


"We're excited to continue our 17-year tradition of showcasing exceptional films from talented Southern California student filmmakers," said Bohdan Zachary, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting, Programming and Syndication for KCETLink, who also serves as executive producer of the annual series. "This body of work is so impressive that it's hard to believe these films are made by students who are still in the process of honing their craft. We are pleased to extend their fan base and share their work to a diverse, enthusiastic Southern California audience."   


FINE CUT: KCET'S FESTIVAL OF STUDENT FILMS, kicks off on Monday, June 23 with "Into the Silent Sea," a Grand Prize winner at the prestigious 2013 BAFTA Student Awards. Directed by Andrej Landin of Chapman University, the short follows Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, who is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.


Other films featured that night include: "US" by Seth Ronquillo of UCLA TFT, which chronicles the American Dream through the eyes of an undocumented immigrant family; and "In Passing," a short film about a man who jumps off a building to end it all, and the woman he falls in love with on the way down, directed by Alan Miller of USC.


The series will also feature, "Yamashita" by Hayley Foster of LMU on July 7, which is the 2014 winner for Animation in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 41st Student Academy Awards competition.


FINE CUT is made possible by the Bridges/Larson Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting programs that serve film students. 


Selected films are chosen by professors and submitted to KCET for final selection. FINE CUT showcases films as diverse as the students who make them.  Projects making the final cut have ranged from nail-biting suspense to gut-wrenching stories of love and loss.


Often, FINE CUT marks the television debut of a student's work - which has led to other industry opportunities. Spanish-born director David Martin Porras, whose UCLA TFT film "Ida y Vuelta" (Round Trip) was featured in the 2010 series, is now a director at Disney/ABC Television Group.


Detailed information about all of the film shorts in this year's series is available at kcet.org/finecut, which includes filmmaker biographies, film synopses, streaming video and discussion boards. Below, please find a complete list of films and scheduled airdates:



MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014


Andrej Landin, Chapman University



Seth Ronquillo, UCLA TFT



Alan Miller, USC


MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014


Jason Kummerfeldt, Chapman University



Paul Joseph, Columbia College Hollywood



Doug Cembellin, USC 


MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014


Hayley Foster, LMU



Jessica Kaye, USC



Vanessa Knutsen, UCLA TFT

MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014


Mark Manalo, USC



Dehanza Rogers, UCLA TFT



Rahat Mahajan, Art Center College



Eileen Hsu, CalArts

About KCET 

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About The Bridges/Larson Foundation

The Bridges/Larson Foundation was created by filmmaking collaborators James Bridges and Jack Larson in 1992, just before Bridges' death. The writer and director of films such as Urban Cowboy and The China Syndrome, Bridges was passionate about encouraging educators to train the next generation of filmmakers. Actor and producer Jack Larson--perhaps best known as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s TV version of Superman--has upheld Bridges' vision by consistently funding programs that serve film students. In addition to supporting Fine Cut, the Bridges/Larson Foundation has made major donations to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.  Over the years, the foundation has expanded its purview beyond film-education programs. Larson is especially proud of funding AIDS research and a local organization called Lamp Community, which works to end homelessness.


About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College's long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.


About CalArts

CalArts is ranked America's No. 1 college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. With its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater, CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts and was one of the first schools in the country to offer a program in World Music for performance. CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts.  It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both hands-on training and engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists' growth. CalArts was founded in 1961--and opened in 1969--as the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees exclusively in the visual and performing arts.  

About Chapman University Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

One of the premier film schools in the country, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers students the unique opportunity to learn filmmaking in a hands-on environment modeled on a working studio.  The college is comprised of the Sodaro-Pankey Undergraduate School of Film and Media Arts, offering degrees in film production, film studies, screenwriting, creative producing, television and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising, screen acting and digital arts; and the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, offering M.F.A. degrees in film production, film and television producing, production design, and screenwriting, and an M.A. in film studies. Two joint M.F.A. degrees in producing are also offered in conjunction with the business (M.F.A./M.B.A.) and law (M.F.A./J.D.) schools. Dodge College is housed in Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot studio and classroom building that provides students with 24-hour access to sound stages, edit bays, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage and more.  With an Oscar and Emmy-award winning full-time faculty that boasts more feature film credits than any other film school, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.


About Columbia College Hollywood

Columbia College Hollywood is a Tarzana-based 60+ year-old, not-for-profit film school offering BFA degrees with emphases in directing, producing, cinematography, writing, and editing/VFX, which includes sound.  CCH is a culture of filmmaking in which the nurturing of the student's unique voice is paramount.  Classes are taught by industry professionals in a foundational environment.  Alumni of CCH include directors Robert Schwentke (Red), Salim Akil (Jumping The Broom and Sparkle), Jaume Collett-Serra (Non-Stop, Orphan), Timothy Linh Bui (Powder Blue) and Barry Cook (Mulan).


About Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television

Movie industry moguls helped establish Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) current campus on the bluffs above west Los Angeles in the 1920s. By 1964, LMU was formally teaching film and television curriculum, and in 2001, the School of Film and Television (SFTV) was established as its own entity.  Today, SFTV offers students a comprehensive education where mastering technical skills and story is equally important to educating the whole person, including the formation of character and values, meaning and purpose. SFTV offers undergraduate degrees in animation, production, screenwriting, film and television studies and recording arts; and graduate degrees in production, screenwriting and writing and producing for television. The school is one of the few film programs providing students with a completely tapeless model of production and post-production, and SFTV's animation program is one of the few worldwide that teaches virtual cinematography. Selected alumni include John Bailey, Bob Beemer, Francie Calfo, Brian Helgeland, Francis Lawrence, Lauren Montgomery, Jack Orman, Van Partible and James Wong, among others. Get more information at sftv.lmu.edu or facebook.com/lmusftv.


About UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, the School offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, and lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, Moving Image Archive Studies, and offers PhDs in Theater and Performance Studies and Cinema & Media Studies. For more information, visit www.tft.ucla.edu


About USC School of Cinematic Arts

The University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts is one of the leading media schools in the world. Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 85 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The School offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, interactive media and games, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Its more than 11,000 alumni are among the world's most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, game designers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts and industry executives. Since 1973 not a year has passed without an alumnus or alumna being nominated for an Academy Award. For more information, visit cinema.usc.edu.






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