TheFilmSchool alumni continue to make movies that are getting recognition. Some highlights include: Alum Steven Schardt co- wrote/directed feature film TREATMENT which was selected out of 5,624 other entries in a record year for submissions to be an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Great American Short Scree- -enplay Contest Winner (2010) and alum Kristi Simkins’ short film SOMETHING SPECIAL screened at SIFF, and won Best Narrative Short at the Rainier Independent Film Festival. Filmed on location in New Zealand, the short has been picked up by a variety of festivals including the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Here’s what Peter Jackson (LORD OF THE RINGS) had to say about it:
“… well performed and beautifully directed. The idea of contrasting the peace and beauty of New Zealand with the horror of war was an interesting and ambitious undertaking. I commend Kristi for taking risks with the storytelling.”
Sam Graydon just wrapped the the short JENNY starring Gary Busey. He’s shooting this Summer. Livia Notoharjono was accepted into the USC Graduate School (they accept only 8 out of 500 applicants). And finally, Prodigy Camp Alum Rikke Heinecke has been accepted into USC’s highly competitive Film Production Program (only 3% of applicants are accepted). These are all phenomenal accomplishments!