By Adrienne Gavula
A love for the language and a need to return to writing is what drives Anthony Sims Jr. – a graduate film student – to write screenplays. Sims’ screenplay “Behemoth” was recognized by the Telluride IndieFest as one of the top-30 independent screenplays in the world.
“‘Behemoth’ was my first attempt at script writing,” Sims said. “It is about the moment between being a kid and an adult and when dreams confront reality.”
David Thomas, head of undergraduate studies in film, appreciates the directions Sims takes the screenplay. “From an outside perspective, one thing that makes it shine is its honesty,” Thomas said.
Sims graduated from Austin Peay with a bachelor’s degree in English. After taking a year off, he soon realized that writing just wasn’t enough: He wanted to study film. After visiting Ohio University, he enrolled in the School of Film in 2001 and will finish this October.
“Writing the script was very therapeutic,” he said. “It is a poetic treatment of my childhood. I never intended for notoriety. I just thought I would use the script when applying for jobs.”
The Telluride IndieFest showcases the best independent films and screenplays in the world. This year’s festival took place Aug. 28-31.
“I got to network with people I never would have met if it weren’t for my work,” Sims said. “It was very different for me.”
After graduation, Sims plans to move to Atlanta to do freelance work.
Adrienne Gavula is a student writer for University Communications and Marketing