UWFox Hosts "A Night of Short Film Premieres"
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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting, “A Night of Short Film Premieres,” on Friday, January 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Perry Hall on the UWFox campus. The event is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating available.
Frances Perkins, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, and Troy Perkins, associate professor of radio/TV/film at UW-Oshkosh, are serving as hosts for this event. In addition to being active in the art of film making and teaching at the university level, Frances and Troy are married and live in Neenah with their two children.
Frances said, “The event is open to the public and includes five films – two written by Troy, two written and directed by me, and one written and directed by local film maker Julie Mata, with cinematography by her husband, Tony Mata. Tony and Julie own Meridian Studios in Neenah, and do commercial work for local clients.
“Our website is www.northtownproductions.com , in case anyone wants more info on the films, the awards they have won, and the festivals they have been in,” Frances offered.
Troy said, "A lot of people think films are only made in New York or California. There's a budding film community in Wisconsin, including right here in the Fox Valley. Our films go to national festivals and show a slice of Wisconsin life. These are characters and stories the rest of the country doesn't get to see. It's not often you get to see high-quality film making being produced right in your own backyard. You'll recognize people and places ranging from Fond du Lac to New London."
"All the films were made with the help of students from UW campuses,” Frances said, “including UWFox, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. It's the perfect way to take the educational experience out of the classroom and give it legs. The students get to experience professional film making on a professional set, which is not easy to come by in this part of the country."
Troy said, “UWO alumnus Mike Hartzel, a cinematographer from Minneapolis, donates his time and talents every year to collaborate with students. Our students come away with a hands-on knowledge of cutting edge equipment and techniques."
The films being shown are:
- “Birthday Girl” - 9 minutes, starring Dan Bell and Sherilyn Henderson, written & directed by Troy Perkins (does contain adult language and parental guidance is suggested)
- “Billfold” - 8 minutes, starring Neenah natives Justin and Forrest Bricco, including UWO's Dean of Letters & Science John Koker, and UWO Theatre Professor Merlaine Angwal, written & directed by Troy Perkins (does contain adult language and parental guidance is suggested)
- “Bus Driver” - 12 minutes, starring Stacie Green and F. David Roth, written & directed by Julie Mata.
Frances added that two of her films will be shown at the event, although they’ve both been premiered at the Fox Cities own Wildwood Film Festival. “One of my films, ‘Test Day,’ is five minutes, and my other film, ‘Take N Bake,’ is three minutes. I consider them ‘bonus screenings’ for the audience.”
For more information about “a fun night of short films by local filmmakers,” contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations at UWFox, 920-832-2611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.