Producer Jamie Holt headlines Fourth Annual Headwaters Film Festival

A Skype conversation with Jamie Holt, who produced the video for Lady Gaga’s Academy Award-nominated single “’Til It Happens To You,” headlines Bemidji State University’s 2016 Headwaters Film Festival, March 31-April 1.

All Headwaters Film Festival activities will be held in the Main Theatre of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex and are open to the public free of charge.

The festival opens with the first of five screening sessions for entries into this year’s International Film Competition. Twenty-three student films from around the world will be screened in five thematic categories beginning at 1 p.m. Films have been submitted by student filmmakers from 11 countries, including Iran, Bulgaria, Singapore and Australia.

Photo credit: IMDB
Photo credit: IMDB

Jamie Holt, a production designer and producer who has worked on a number of short films and the feature-length “Miss You Already” and “Sea Horse,” will be joining the festival for a Skype conversation at 2 p.m. Holt will share her experiences and insights into filmmaking, and discuss her work on Catherine Hardwicke’s “’Til It Happens To You,” the music video for Lady Gaga’s Academy Award-nominated 2015 single of the same name (embedded below). The film follows four victims of campus sexual assault through their attacks, their survival and recovery, and their eventual activism for change. The session will include a screening of “’Til It Happens To You” and the trailer for “Miss You Already,” a 2015 feature film associate produced by Holt starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette before the Skype question-and-answer session.

Starting with a pre-recorded introduction from astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station, screenings of the top three finishers and two special category honorees from NASA’s 2015 CineSpace competition begin at 2 p.m. CineSpace offers filmmakers around the world with an opportunity to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. A question-and-answer session will follow the screenings.

Entrants for the Minnesota Student Filmmakers contest will be screened beginning at 3 p.m. The contents features five entries from students at Bemidji State, in addition to students from Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University and Gustavus Adolphus College.

The festival will include two feature film screenings to conclude each day, at 5 p.m. Thursday and 4:40 p.m. Friday.

The Headwaters Film Festival is a student-run initiative, with nearly 30 students working to produce this year’s event.

Thursday, March 31
1-1:45 p.m. – Screening: International Films, part 1
2-2:30 – Skype conversation with producer Jamie Holt
2:35-3:15 p.m. – Screening: International Films, part 2
3:30-4:45 p.m. – Screening: International Films, part 3
5 p.m. – Screening: Feature film

Friday, April 1
1-1:50 p.m. – Best Student Films
2-2:50 p.m. – Screening: 2015 NASA CineSpace competition winners
3-4:15 p.m. – Screening: Minnesota Student Filmmakers
4:40 p.m. – Screening: Feature film

Schedule subject to change. Due to licensing restrictions, titles for the March 31 and April 1 feature films cannot be advertised.

Minnesota Student Filmmakers Contest entries

  • “45 Cents,” 5 min.; director: Alec Holland (Minnesota State University Moorhead)
  • “Pal,” 2 min.; director: Connie Von Ohlen (Minnesota State University Moorhead)
  • “Addict With a Pen,” 5 min.; director: Audrey Shattuck (Gustavus Adolphus College)
  • “Play Pretend,” 4 min.; director: Sam Deans (St. Cloud State University)
  • “Brothers,” 14 min.; director: Sam Moore (Bemidji State University)
  • “Your Mom’s Atelier,” 5 min.; director: Kelsey Jacobson (Bemidji State University)
  • “Don’t be a Bystander,” 2 min.; director: Shelana Ysen (Bemidji State University)
  • “Beer Science,” 8 min.; director: Shawn Campbell (Bemidji State University)
  • “Some Major Elements,” 2 min.; director: Alexander Danielson (Bemidji State University)

International Film Competition

“Lost in the Present Moment” – March 31, 1-1:45 p.m.

  • “Circle,” directed by Alexander Heringer (Germany, narrative, 11 min.)
  • “1-0 (One to Nil),” directed by Saman Hosseinpuor (Iran, narrative, 1 min.)
  • “The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl,” directed by Clemens Roth (Germany, narrative, 10 min.)
  • “Autumn Leaves,” directed by Saman Hosseinpuor (Iran, narrative, 4 min)
  • “Finn,” directed by Mariana Abdalla (Denmark, documentary, 5 min.)
  • “Glass,” directed by Amy Veach (Australia, narrative, 4 min)
  • “Les Crois Fromages (The Three Cheeses),” directed by Martina Videnova (Bulgaria, animation, 2 min.)

“Living a Lie” – March 31, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

  • “Not Funny!,” directed by Katharina Woll (Germany, narrative, 1 min.)
  • “Die Jackie,” directed by Patrick Vollrath (Austria, narrative, 9 min.)
  • “Demons,” directed by Abdullah Al Maawali (United Kingdom, narrative, 14 min.)
  • “The Trap,” directed by Rosen Kyuchukov (Bulgaria, animation, 1 min.)
  • “I, Sheep,” directed by Aleksandra Proinova (Bulgaria, animation, 2 min.)
  • “Jurnal,” directed by Abdulbaki Yavuz (Turkey, narrative, 8 min.)
  • “Citizen,” Petya Dinova (Bulgaria, animation, 6 min.)

“Kismet” – March 31, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

  • “Looks,” directed by  Susann Hoffman (Germany, animation,  3 min.)
  • “Lucid,” directed by Edward Montez (United States, narrative, 16 min)
  • “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Andreas Kessler (Germany, narrative, 5 min.)
  • “Ways of Seeing,” directed by Jerrold Chong (Singapore, narrative, 5 min.)
  • “Die Behandlung (The Treatment),” directed by Marvin Meiendresch (Germany, narrative, 6 min.)

“In Unlikely Places” – March 31, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

  • “Am Fenster (At the Window),” directed by Tim Ellrich (Germany, narrative, 10 min.)
  • “Addict With a Pen,” directed by Audrey Shattuck (United States, music video, 5 min.)
  • “Driven,” directed by Johannes Backmann (Switzerland, narrative, 9 min.)
  • “Natural Attraction,” directed by Marc Zimmermann (Germany, animation, 5 min.)