At Festival 2005, you can catch a glimpse of the entire creative cycle. The student work will range from rough to polished. Some will be brilliant, some flawed . . . . some brilliant and flawed at once. The honored guests, entertainment industry professionals at the peak of their powers, consist largely of alumni – individuals who once were UCLA students themselves, learning their art and craft. At the Screenwriters Showcase on June 13, Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne (MFA 1990) will be honored for their Academy Award-winning script for Sideways. At the Directors Spotlight on June 15, Brad Silberling (MFA 1987) will be honored for his direction, including last year’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. At the Producers Marketplace on June 16, Mike Medavoy (BA 1963) will be honored for a career that has included stints as agent, executive, and studio chief as well as respected producer. Which of today’s students will be tomorrow’s industry leaders? Take a peek at these trailers and see if you can guess – or better yet, reserve a spot for yourself at Festival 2005. And Festival is more than film: Design Showcase West focuses on all aspects of theatrical design, from costume to set, sound and lighting design. Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.
Dead End Job Directed by Samantha Davidson Green Obituary writer Abigail Slay's uncanny knack for spotting the next scoop guarantees that she always makes deadline, until she foresees her own end.
Outside Directed by Jenn Kao In a post-apocalyptic society where people are isolated in sealed bunkers, a young woman confronts her fears of the unknown when she makes contact with an Outsider.
Pinkerton Directed by Aleem Hossain Yet another gritty cop film with a dancing orange bear.
9 Directed by Shane Acker A rag doll puppet must face a monster that is hunting his brothers and stealing their souls.
Self-Portrait Directed by Joshua Morgan An artist 'paints' a self-portrait, but when his medium is Blood-on-Canvas, he only has one shot to get it right.
Diego Directed by Anthony Puente A drug dealing father must choose between his career of choice or his young sons birthday.
The Double Directed by Rani DeMuth The Double is the story of a man who has lost himself. A near death experience provides him with a reawakening, but is it too late?