Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the fifth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 3.
The festival begins at 7 p.m. and features short works from a range of genres and senior project films created entirely by students from the Motion Picture and Television Production Program and School of Stage and Screen.
“Controlled Chaos is the highlight of the Stage and Screen production season,” said Tom Salzman, director of the school. “It’s a combination of our motion picture and our theater students being represented in one festival. These students have been working all year on these films, and it shows.”
The first senior project film, “Emeralds of the East,” is a coming-of-age drama about Carver, a boy being raised by a single mother in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1940s.
The second senior project film, “Jerry,” is a dark “bromantic” comedy centered on a homeless man who comes back to haunt the local politician, Dick Heard, who ran him over.
In addition, a short teaser for a third senior thesis film, a documentary to be titled “Cataloochee,” will be shown. When complete, the film will tell the story of the valley from the Cherokee origins of the land to the movement to develop Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“This year’s festival promises to make you laugh and will tug at your heartstrings,” said Alexa Rufty, an event organizer and a senior from Hickory majoring in motion picture and television production. “If you want to see some incredible up-and-coming filmmakers, you need to be at this festival. You won’t be disappointed.”
Admission to the Controlled Chaos Film Festival is $10, cash only, at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students with the cost of creating their senior project films.