Two WCU student films featured at Jacksonville Film Festival

Two films by Western Carolina University students – “Awakened” and “Strigoii” – were among the six shown in the Student Shorts I category at the recent Jacksonville Film Festival in Florida.

“Awakened” was directed by Erin Wagoner, a 2010 graduate of WCU’s Motion Picture and Television Production Program who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in dramatic writing at New York University. In the 18-minute film, which was Wagoner’s senior thesis project and involved fellow WCU students as cast and crew, the daily routine of a lonely workaholic is interrupted, leaving her awakened.

“Strigoii” was directed by Aaron Putnam, a 2009 graduate of WCU’s Motion Picture and Television Production Program. In the 13-minute film, which was Putnam’s senior thesis project and involved fellow WCU students as cast and crew, a town is terrorized nightly by a mysterious creature. The film also was screened last year at the Sitges International Film Festival in Spain.

For more information about WCU’s Motion Picture and Television Production Program, contact Jack Sholder, director of the program, at jsholder@wcu.edu or 828-227-3562.