Detroit School of Arts hosts panel discussion with international filmmakers and actors on maintaining a career in the arts

DSA will also have two student-produced films featured in the Detroit Voices portion of the Cinetopia International Film Festival

Detroit School of Arts students engaged in a one-on-one discussion with international filmmakers and actors from the Cinetopia International Film Festival on Thursday, June 5. The film industry pros included Tommy Oliver, writer and director of the movie 1982, acclaimed actress Pei-Pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), writer/director Blake Robbins and others who shared tips with the students on how to maintain a career in the arts.

The panel discussion was part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival. DSA will have two student-produced films featured in the Detroit Voices portion of the film festival.

Detroit Voices Screenings:
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
The Detroit Film Theater inside of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The student-produced films include: “Sound and Fury” and “We’re in Love with Evil Tonight.”

Sound and Fury” Production Team:
Gary Schwartz-Animation Director
Alexandra Sweeton-Music Director
Marilyn Perkins Biery-Composer
Robert Lynch-Student Director
John Wood-Producer and Art Instruction

“We’re in Love with Evil Tonight” Production Team:
Gary Schwartz-Animation Director
Alexandra Sweeton-Music Director
Eugene Strobe and Cosmic Light Shapes-Composers
Daniel James-Student Director
John Wood-Producer and Art Instruction

“Each film involves between 100-300 students, depending on the project,” according to John Wood, art instructor and producer at Detroit School of Arts. “We incorporate choral works involving our student choir, student instrumentalists, and multiple animation techniques that involve almost every visual arts student.”

The animations were created as part of a collaborative 14-month project called The Animated Shakespeare Project. Collaborators included DPS, DSA, the University of Michigan, the Stratford Shakepeare Festival, WRCJ 90.9 FM-Detroit, and the Knight Foundation.

DSA students will also interview world-renowned actor and writer Hill Harper, who is slated to visit the school on Friday, for the teen talk show, “Can You Relate.” The segment will air on WRCJ 90.9 FM-Detroit at a later date.

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