The Importance of Short Film

We often get asked, “Why short films?” The simple answer is, because we love them. But the thoughtful answer is actually much deeper and more complex. That’s why we decided that our first ever educational component of Tally Shorts Film Festival would cover this very topic. We have invited a panel of filmmakers to join us as we discuss why short films are important and how they affect filmmaking and filmmakers. Learn, enjoy and participate in a thoughtful discussion about the importance of short films before the opening night block on Friday January 26th.

Our guest panel of experts include:
Neil Butler is a 1995 graduate of the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, Neil is a Tallahassee native who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the last two decades. Last year saw the release of his feature Lewis & Klarq, an indie rock musical of sorts he wrote and directed with Jason Chimonides, shot on location across the greater Big Bend region of North Florida. He also produced a soundtrack album featuring songs from the film, releasing it across digital platforms and on limited edition cassette. Together with Don Guarisco, he was a finalist in the 2017 Clive Barker Reel Fear Competition for Project Greenlight and Shudder, placing in the Top Ten for their horror pitch Black Eyed Kids. Neil is currently restoring his first feature, a road film originally produced in the mid-nineties on glorious 16mm b&w.

Kenneth Jones’ films have been distributed on PBS, HBO and his feature, “Love & Fate,” was an Encore/Starz Movie. His international and national awards include a CINE Eagle Award amongst others. His docudrama “Rosewood” for PBS was called “a chilling reenactment” by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. His family comedy, “Psychedelic Shack” is a hilariously, funny movie of a duel between a mortician and a monkey. Jones’s recent feature film “My Music” is a heart warming story of a young woman who is pressed into caring for a member of her family who’s afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

After obtaining his BFA in Acting from FSU in 1976,  Chip Chalmers began his career as a Production Coordinator at 20th Century Fox. He spent the next 20 years working as 1st or 2nd AD on “The Greatest American Hero”, “Trapper John, M.D”, “Miami Vice”, Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Melrose Place”, among others. In 1989, he began his directing career and directed episodes for “Beverly Hill 90210,” “7th Heaven,” “Melrose Place,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” In 2003, Chip began his next act, teaching at the College of Motion Picture Arts and serving as Head of Production. In 2011, Chip decided it’s time to come home to LA. This time, he is following his new passion – as a magician and guitar enthusiast.

As an executive at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Valerie Scoon  credits include the Golden Globe nominated “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington as well as adaptation of “Beloved” by the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Toni Morrison. Ms. Scoon’s credits also include the made for TV movies, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and The “Wedding” both starring Halle Berry. In addition, Ms. Scoon served as a Studio Executive at Warner Bros. and oversaw such film as” Malcolm X” directed by Spike Lee and the children’s classic “The Secret Garden.”

Other work includes being an Associate Director in News and Public Affairs at PBS where she assessed work in progress documentaries for possible national distribution.

Currently, Ms. Scoon is a Professor at Florida State University Film School and oversees the script development of graduate and undergraduate thesis films. During her time there, her students have won ten Student Emmys.

In addition, Ms. Scoon has her own film company, True Visions and completed a Documentary “Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict” on the psychological legacy of colonialism in Grenada that has been invited to screen in NY, LA, as well as in countries in Africa and throughout the Caribbean.

Ms. Scoon graduated from Harvard University with a degree in the History and Literature of America.

Dean of FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, Reb Braddock is one of the architects of the program. He has been with the Film School since the Florida Legislature created it in 1989, when he was admitted to the very first MFA class. He has taught every MFA cohort but one, and has supervised hundreds of FSU short films, acting, in effect, as an executive producer. He has personally overseen the development of all but one of the school’s Student Oscar-winning shorts and 29 of its Student Emmy-winning shorts.

Dean Braddock is also an accomplished filmmaker in his own right. His lauded thesis film “Curdled” garnered him the opportunity to co-write and direct a feature version, executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino and starring William Baldwin. He has worked as a director, writer, producer and cinematographer, and as the executive producer of a movie soundtrack album. His feature-film writing credits include “Lubov” with Rita Frumkin for Silvestri-Friedman films; “Iron Men” with Doug Stewart for Arnold Kolpelson at 20th Century Fox; and “30 Day Wonder” with Frank Patterson for Lampadusa Films. During his tenure at the College of Motion Picture Arts, Reb has continued to write, consult on scripts, and help produce independent feature films.

This event is open to All Fest Pass holders, so be sure to pick yours up today! This panel is free to all students with a valid student ID.

Sittig Hall (across from the entrance to Challenger Learning Center)
301 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Friday, January 26th at 5:30pm

Open to all filmmakers and All Fest Pass holders

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