Athena Cinema

The Athena Cinema will play host to the First-Year Film Screenings on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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Film screening shows off the work of film students

Diverse group of students work together to create films

First-year film students experience an extensive process during their inaugural year in the film program at Ohio University. A way to test the students’ passion and drive for movie making, this process is often referred to as the film production boot camp.

Eleven students will be presenting the results of this hard work during the First-Year Screening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Athena Cinema.

“Good filmmaking requires collaboration and preparation,” said Bilal Sami, who will be screening his film “Soul Mate.” “Without a focus on these aspects the storytelling aspect of the film suffers.”

Sami’s film tells the story of a relationship as viewed through the ritual of having food. The film focuses on a couple at various points in their relationship, but always when they are having a meal. It attempts to explore how rituals affect relationships; how so much of what is shared is based around everyday tasks and chores as well as the nature of relationships.

“The production itself featured many of my classmates, who contributed in various ways,” Sami said. “When we work together, they always treat the production as if it was their own.”

The films are part of a portfolio the students are required to make in their first year. School of Film Director Steven Ross said the diversity of the school and students’ ability to work together adds to the overall academic experience.

“At the end of their first year, the students have been through a fairly exhausting experience,” Ross said. “They have survived and in their second year are able to spread their wings and move on in their careers. We provide a space for them to be creative, and you see the creativity on the screen.”

The film screening is free and open to the public.