2021 Cinematic Arts Student Film Showcase


While movie industries worldwide have been shuttered for the past year, the students and instructors of Cinematic Arts have been cranking out some truly wonderful work. This program, culled from a rich list of faculty-nominated submissions and assembled by the Screen/Society programming team, is comprised of soul-searching narratives that lean hard into the pleasures and perils of the Dionysian college experience; experimental docs that make stirring interventions into real-world public spaces (remember those?); and a suite of films that explore intergenerational communion in preternaturally sensitive ways.

Student Films Featured (alphabetical by filmmaker):

  • John Ball ’21 - Train
  • Sarah Derris ’21 - umrah
  • Anya Dombrovskaya ’21 - Sasha
  • Andy Ju ’21 - A Sweet Rendezvous in Almaden
  • Emily MacDiarmid (Grad ’22) - If Tomorrow Comes
  • Ife Presswood (Grad ’21) - AND she resisted
  • Sophia Rivadeneira ’23 - Downtown
  • Omolola Sanusi ’21 - The Frontline of the Narrative
  • Jordan Shapiro ’21 - Drowning in Something Viscous
  • Nick Turecky ’21 - Durham Then & Now

Special Film Awards, voted on by audience members and AAHVS faculty:

2021 Rodger Frey Film Essay Award

This year's essay award is presented to Sarah Derris '21 for her essay, “Umrah: Nostalgia and Devotional Practice in Film.”

This award is presented in memory of Rodger Frey, a PhD student at Duke in the Literature Program with a focus on film and new media who unexpectedly passed away on March 10, 2016.  Rod's passion for film studies led him to contribute his time and effort to Cinematic Arts during his time at Duke, and it was an endeavor close to his heart.  This award is a testament to Rod's profound faith in the power of education to shape and enhance a young person's life and character, and his belief that everyone should follow their passions, whatever they may be.

2021 Cinematic Arts Student Film Showcase (collage of film stills)

Contact: Hank Okazaki

Email: hokazak@duke.edu

Sponsor: Duke Cinematic Arts

Co-Sponsors: Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies