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From a stop-motion animation about a clown to the story of a dancer suffering from chronic pain, the campus film festival “Fools Who Dream” will present films about the meaning of an artist this Thursday.
This festival was organized by a group of students from the RTVF 398 Symposium: Curatorial Practices. Six student organizers requested entries from Northwestern and the community beyond, with the only directive being that the film should be centered around being an artist.
Organizers say the event is “by artists, for artists” as it highlights the struggles and rewards that come with the pursuit of art. The title of the event, “Fools Who Dream”, refers to a song from the musical “La La Land”.
“Often art that is about the process of art gets pushed aside,” said communications manager Jordan Panzier, one of the event organizers. “It’s important to celebrate this art, even if it’s very internal to a certain community, and to create a space where these stories also need to be told.”
After receiving more than 30 submissions, the organizers chose eight plays to present. These selections will be screened at the event Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Annie May Swift Room.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Sophomore communications student and organizer Samantha De Chiara said it would give audiences a glimpse into the filmmaking process.
“It’s something about the essence of struggling to create, and finding joy and difficulty in it,” De Chiara said. “It’s something that can connect people in any artistic or creative field, which is why we think it’s really important to celebrate those connections.”
One of the star filmmakers is McCormick’s sophomore Eli Richmond. His film “Triumpet” tells the story of his friend, who was attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, exploring his relationship with music and playing the trumpet.
Richmond created the film for another RTVF course he took last year and submitted it after his former teacher suggested he do it.
“It’s about someone chasing their passion and the different obstacles that stand in their way and…even a single obstacle that we might not know about might even facilitate that in a way that you didn’t think possible,” Richmond said. “It’s really more about the artistic vision and the pursuit of it.”
Communications manager and organizer Kyra Brands said many of the featured filmmakers are either college students or low-budgeters. She looks forward to the stronger community that comes from fostering connections between filmmakers inside and outside Northwestern.
The brands also said the message was valuable both to the organizers and filmmakers themselves, as well as to audiences.
“The work is so hard. And yet…they have no doubts about their ability to succeed and achieve their dreams,” Brands said. “I hope that when people come to our screening, they will feel inspired to create and tell stories. It motivates me to pursue my big dreams.
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