Emerge Filmmakers Visiting Local High Schools as Part of Educational Mission
Fifteen College Professors will lead more than 20 Q&A sessions with filmmakers and cast members throughout the festival; The Emerge Film Festival is FREE to all high school and college students
AUBURN – The Emerge Film Festival (EFF) announces a robust partnership with Bates College that will provide professor-lead panel discussions following the screening of several films in the festival. EFF Advisor and Bates College Professor, Jonathan Cavallero who teaches Film and Television Studies in the Rhetoric Department, coordinated the partnership. Cavallero’s classes include “Introduction to Screen Studies,” “Film Theory,” “Italian American Masculinities,” “Bollywood,” and “Immigration and Media.” He is the author of the book Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino.
“I’m delighted to see the involvement of Bates students, staff, and faculty at Emerge,” said Jon Cavallero. “Partnerships and collaborations like these strengthen the bonds between our campus community and the larger Lewiston/Auburn community. By bringing a diverse set of films to L/A, Emerge enriches classroom experiences and creates a space where students with an interest in film can interact with working filmmakers.”
Bates College Faculty members leading panel discussions include:
Elizabeth Eames (Anthropology) will moderate the Q&A for Southern Fried Fencing
Joshua Rubin (African American Studies; American Cultural
Studies; Anthropology) will moderate the Q&A for Coming Back To The Hoop
Jonathan Cavallero (Rhetoric) will moderate the Q&A for A Work In Progress by Derek Kimball
Jakub Kazecki (German and Russian Studies will moderate the Q&A for Go Around Again
Colleen Laird (Asian Studies) will moderate the Q&A for LISTENING
David George (Spanish) will moderate the Q&A for Guys & Girls Can’t Be Friends
Meryam Belkaid (French and Francophone Studies) will moderate the Q&A for the Romantic Comedy Short Block
Michael Sargent (Psychology) will moderate the Q&A for Food Chains
In addition, three Bowdoin College faculty will moderate discussions during the festival:
Elena Cueto-Asín (Romance Languages) will moderate the Q&A for the Drama Short Block
Aviva Briefel (English & Cinema Studies) will moderate the Q&A for the War, History, Conflicts Short Film Block
Allison Cooper (Romance Languages and Cinema Studies) will moderate the Q&A for Love Is Now
Panel Discussion on EFF Double Feature
On Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Public Theatre, Emerge will present two thought-provoking Maine premieres – American Cheerleader and 12 O’Clock Boys to conclude with a full panel of filmmakers, professors and coaches for a deeper discussion of youth and American culture.
The films are considered somewhat polarizing in content and theme. Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, American Cheerleader follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship. Overcoming challenges through discipline, dedication and teamwork, twelve girls from New Jersey and twelve girls from Kentucky redefine what it means to be an American cheerleader.
To Baltimore locals, the 12 O’Clock Boys are hooligans – a group of urban dirt-bikers that perform death-defying stunts at excessive speeds through traffic and impressively evade the hamstrung police, who must adhere to a no-chase policy to maintain public safety. Yet they are heroes to Pug, a bright, young adolescent living in the city’s dangerous Westside neighborhood with his charismatic mother Coco.
Stephanie Kelley-Romano (Bates College, Rhetoric) will moderate the discussion of the two films with panelists Rebecca Fraser-Thill (Bates College, Psychology); Aimée Bessire (Bates College Art and Visual Culture); Julia Sleeper, Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center; Jennifer Roy, Lewiston High School Cheering Coach; as well as the co-directors of American Cheerleader, James Pellerito and David Barba.
“The partnership with Bates faculty adds a dimension to the festival that we know will enrich the audience’s viewing experience,” said Laura Davis, President, Emerge Film Festival Board. “For anyone who loves to watch a great movie and then discuss it, imagine having that insightful conversation with the actual filmmaker, crew and cast members. We are hosting more than fifty filmmakers at the festival – representing 90% of the films we are screening – making this festival a unique opportunity for Maine audiences where the art of film merges with the art of conversation.”
EFF Collaboration with Local Schools
Moreover, the Emerge Film Festival has an educational mission that provides free access to all films for high school and college students. The board of directors worked with local teachers, Isaiah Davis, Leavitt Area High School, and Shawn Rice, Edward Little High School, to develop student programming including a Visiting Filmmakers Series, which will bring filmmakers into classrooms at Lewiston High School, Edward Little High School, Leavitt Area High School, Lisbon High School and Poland Regional High School on April 9 and 10.
In addition, Davis and Rice developed the Emerge Student Film Festival including the works of local high school students. This portion of Emerge will be juried by a panel of Bates faculty and students including Jon Cavallero, Stephanie Kelley-Romano, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Rhetoric, Taylor Blackburn (Class of 2015), Julian Hackney (Class of 2015), and Rosy DePaul (Class of 2017). Emerge Film Festival will accept student films until Monday, April 6, 2015 and accepted student films will be screened on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall.
The Emerging Filmmakers Presentation, a collection of short films produced by students currently enrolled in college/university, will be screened on Friday, April 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Franco Center.
Tickets are available on the festival’s website. Film-only passes are available for $35 and VIP passes which provide access to all films, all parties, the EFFy Awards Gala hosted by Michael Miclon as well as Emerge swag are available for $75. High school and college students receive free admission. To be notified of ticket sales and other Festival news, please visit www.emergefilmfestival.org and subscribe to the Festival e-newsletter. Emerge can also be found on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. For more information on Maine, please visit VisitMaine.com.