Ahead of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television’s 17th annual I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN, the Arizona Daily Star shone a spotlight on the event and featured interviews with student filmmakers Linda Paola Varela, Andy Zhao, and Zoe Lambert.
On the horror elements of his film EYES ON ME, Zhao remarked “I absolutely hate horror movies so this was a really strange area I had to explore. I managed to bear it.” The film follows a young Asian-American nurse after she receives a new assignment and soon realizes that it may not be an average house call.
Zoe Lambert’s thesis film CHANGING OF THE GUARD goes behind the scenes with the AZ Women’s Basketball team. Lambert came away inspired by the team and coach Adia Barnes: “They deserve so much credit for what they’ve done … it’s such an incredible story.”
Varela, who recently penned a piece about the making of her thesis film I’M JUST TRYING TO HELP for No Film School, talks about the deeper meaning behind her film. “It was important to me to make a film about a subject that a lot of us (but specifically Latine folk) deal with, which is the pressure to hide our true emotions and pretend that everything is OK for the sake of other people’s comfort … This film was inspired by the question: what would happen if there was a way to be happy all the time?”
These films, and nine more, will debut at I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN 2022 on May 7 at 7pm at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets and information at idiw.tftv.arizona.edu.Read more at Arizona Daily Star