2012 Thunderbird Film Festival Premieres Friday

Published: April 18, 2012 | Author: Jennifer Burt | Read Time: 2 minutes

Zombies and vampires and apes—oh my!

This year’s Thunderbird Film Festival features all that and more, beginning this Friday, April 20, at Southern Utah University.

Now in its 12th year, the festival showcases up-and-coming independent filmmakers from SUU and the surrounding community, as well as other amateurs and professionals from across the country.

The artistic and often quirky style of independent films, aka “indie” films, has helped to increase their popularity over the last decade, giving aspiring filmmakers poetic license to explore a myriad of under-sung topics and issues.

This year’s festival lineup includes an eclectic mix of contemporary productions, ranging from long to short, somber to jovial.

The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. with a look at politics and film by Dr. Michael Stathis, professor of political science at SUU. A true veteran of political studies, Stathis has a keen and unique insight on the role of politics in media.

Second on the slate is a presentation by SUU English instructor Charles Cuthbertson at 2 p.m. Cuthbertson will discuss his recently-presented conference paper "Apes Together Strong: Social and Political Commentary in the Planet of the Apes Films.”

The first film screening session will take place at 3 p.m., when a variety of films by SUU students and others will be shown. Films range from two minute “shorts” to longer, feature film-style productions.

The event’s 4 p.m. lecture spot belongs to English professor Kyle Bishop who has become well-known around campus for his penchant for the mysterious and macabre. Bishop will lead a discussion entitled, “Vampires versus Zombies: Adapting ‘I Am Legend’ through the Ages.

A second round of screenings at 5 p.m. will represent the last installment of the festival.

All discussions and screenings will take place in the Sterling Church Auditorium. One ticket provides admission to all scheduled events and will be available at the door for $5.

For more information on the Thunderbird Film Festival, contact Lionel Grady at grady_l@suu.edu or 435-586-7861.

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