Filmwax Radio Interview Series: VCFA Alumnx Amy Hesketh

 

VCFA is proud to be partnering with Filmwax Radio for a special series of interviews featuring VCFA alumni. The second installment of the series is with the brilliant and prolific Amy Hesketh (’18) whose aesthetic is quirky and smart–sometimes dark, sometimes funny, but always beautiful. In the interview Amy discusses her films, PYGMALION, OLALLA,  and BEARDBATH, among others. Amy and Adam cover a range of other topics including: Bolivian cinema, rural living, pushing boundaries, the value of long walks, and the collaborative nature found in Montpelier VT! Be sure to have a listen–enjoy!

The podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, Spotify, Google Play & Youtube.

 

I make a lot of films about what I am experiencing in life. Some of my darker films were written and made in a time when I needed to translate the negative experiences in my life… I don’t know what writer’s block is! I just need to wash my hair, or sleep, and then I have an idea.

-Amy Hesketh on making films and where she gets her inspiration

 

Filmmaker Amy Hesketh has made 6 feature films and numerous shorts to date, including her most recent, PYGMALION, which is due out soon. In addition to being a graduate of the VCFA MFA in Film Program, Amy is also an adjunct professor of film at Olympic College in Washington State and one of the filmmakers at Pachamama Films.

Student Spotlight: Frances de Larminat’s short film, ANNABELLE, to screen at Revelations Film Festival in Australia

Current VCFA MFA in Film student Frances de Larminat’s experimental short film, ANNABELLE, will be screening at Revelations Film Festival in Australia this July!

Through a rupturing of visual images and stammering of text, sound, and language, Annabelle is invited to escape a world of male dependence in search of liberty and self-reliance.

Revelations Film Festival has been dubbed “Australia’s leading festival of indie cinema” by The West Australian and “A true champion of independent cinema” by Filmink.

Super cool–congrats Frances!

 

Filmwax Radio Interview Series: VCFA Alumnx George Nicholas

 

VCFA is proud to be partnering with Filmwax Radio for a special series of interviews featuring VCFA alumni. The first installment of the series is with the delightfully affable George Nicholas (’18) who discusses his two most recent short films,  ANTIGONE and SMOKE N SUDS, which both made the festival rounds last year. In the interview George and Adam cover a range of topics including: Orson Wells, DIY animation, grief unfolding, Hell’s Kitchen in the 80’s, the genius of Michel Negroponte, Moby’s secrets, and more! Be sure to have a listen–enjoy!

The podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, Spotify, Google Play & Youtube.

 

The animated film might as well be a documentary… Like a one punchline joke–it’s my favorite anecdote about living in New York [City]. I was there at a very special time, and of course when you are somewhere at a very special time you don’t realize it is a special time. I’m a huge fan of animation…I’ve taught animation and I know how hard it is to animate. So, like an idiot, I thought, how hard can this be?

-George Nicholas on creating his animated short SMOKE N SUDS at VCFA

 

 

George Nicholas is an award-winning New York-based filmmaker and director of photography. Nicholas holds a BFA in Film Production from the State University of New York at Purchase, and an MFA in Film from VCFA. His most recent films include shorts, ANTIGONE and SMOKE N SUDS, as well as the feature film, 7 SPLINTERS IN TIME, which he worked as DoP and Producer. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.