For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kerryn Negus
Tucson, AZ (July 9, 2020) – The University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Television presents the 15th edition of I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN (IDIWS), the annual showcase of undergraduate thesis films celebrating a wide range of new filmmaking voices. This year, the event will include a series of sidebar conversations featuring industry luminaries who are all alumni of the School of Theatre, Film & Television.
The 2020 edition of I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN will be presented on YouTube on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 (youtube.com/UASchoolofTFTV). Films will compete for prizes awarded by this year’s Jury: Austin Film Festival’s Film Competition Director Rob Gonzalez, producer of the Emmy-winning series After Forever Allison Vanore and film critic and journalist Katie Walsh (Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, Vanity Fair).
I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN 2020 will feature conversations from an array of notable alumni from across the entertainment field. Special guests include Netflix’s Head of Original Film Scott Stuber, award-winning film editor Lindsay Utz (American Factory, Miss Americana), director Tyler Gillett (Scream 5, V/H/S), Sundance Film Festival Shorts Programmer Mike Plante, WME agent and partner Brad Slater, casting director Eyde Belasco (Sorry To Bother You, Transparent), producer Allison Vanore (After Forever), writer/producer Peter Murrieta (Mr. Iglesias, Superior Donuts), emerging directors Darious Britt (Unsound) and Christopher Cegielski (Reagan) and actors Vinessa Vidotto (Lucifer), Kyle Harris (Indoor Boys, High Maintenance), Carly Natania Grossman and Michael Schulz. Tucson’s Loft Cinema Program Director Jeff Yanc will host.
“Located an hour’s drive from the Mexican border and a short flight from Hollywood, the UArizona School of Theatre, Film and Television has built over time a reputation for nurturing and elevating diverse voices and original, brave visions” said Andrew Belser, Director of University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Television. “We’re thrilled to share our student and alumni talent with a larger audience and hope that this unique slate of films and behind the scenes stories from our impressive cadre of alumni will be a welcome, energizing and uplifting addition to the streaming-scape, and bring new perspective to our business.”
The IDIWS 2020 schedule of events is as follows:
Saturday, August 8, starting at 3:00pm PT | 6:00pm ET
Scott Stuber, Head of Original Film, Netflix
Tyler Gillett + Lindsay Utz
The co-director of Scream 5 and the editor of this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Documentary, American Factory, in conversation about shaping the art of tomorrow’s cinema.
Brad Slater + Eyde Belasco
How stars are made and new talent discovered, from the agents who represent you to the casting directors responsible for you being hired; WME’s Brad Slater and casting director Eyde Belasco discuss everything you need to know.
Darious Britt + Christopher Cegielski
A lively conversation between these emerging directors will look at how they were able to get their projects made and the challenges – and opportunities – that face new filmmakers in today’s entertainment landscape.
Film Block One + Q&A
Hosted by: Jeff Yanc
- MIRROR – Filmmaker: Mason Day (6:45)
- TESORO – Filmmaker: Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra (8:30)
- KAREN FROM SUSIE MAY – Filmmakers: Dan Crowley + Adam Alegría (10:25)
- A HUNGER – Filmmaker: Anthony Cutrone (6:30)
- SIDE BY SIDE – Filmmaker: Alyssa Urgo (7:24)
- DICK’S CAFE AMRIKANO – Filmmakers: Zayna Altoubal + Daniel Paz (8:30)
- HOUSES IN MOTION – Filmmakers: Adrian Meyer + Martin Somoza (8:20)
Sunday, August 9, starting at 3:00pm PT | 6:00pm ET
The Writers’ Room
Allison Vanore + Peter Murrieta
Writer/producers Allison Vanore and Peter Murrieta talk streaming platforms, writing and producing a hit TV series, what makes good television and whether today’s writers’ rooms are diverse enough.
In a discussion with one of this year’s graduating filmmakers, we learn what a Sundance Film Festival programmer looks for when deciding which projects to include in a world-renowned film festival.
Kyle Harris + Vinessa Vidotto
with Carly Natania Grossman and Michael Schulz
Two of today’s most up-and-coming television actors are joined by the next generation of acting talent to discuss what it takes to be cast, how to stand out and some of the challenges facing actors in the current environment.
Film Block Two + Q&A
Hosted by: Jeff Yanc
- IRIS – Filmmaker: Zach Lovvorn (6:40)
- YOU DON’T DARE KNOW – Filmmaker: Bailey Stalcup (7:20)
- THE LEAK – Filmmaker: Adam Meilech (9:34)
- BARREN – Filmmaker: Emma Sinex (6:40)
- TIL THE END – Filmmaker: Joel Romero (8:30)
- ICE CREAM RUN – Filmmaker: Sam Lulloff (7:20)
- THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE’S HOME – Filmmaker: Faye Ruiz (10:15)
Hosted by: Jeff Yanc
Notes to the Editors:
Link to IDIWS 2020 images can be found here:
Link to the IDIWS 2020 trailer can be found here:
About I Dream In Widescreen
I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN is an annual year-end celebration of The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television student thesis films. Previously held at the historic Fox Tucson Theatre and now in its 15th year, films from the graduating class compete for prizes to be awarded by a panel of noted jurists from a cross-section of the entertainment industry.
I DREAM IN WIDESCREEN 2020 is sponsored by Craig Huston, Film Tucson, Adobe, Monsoon Production Services, Pollution Studios, Entertainment Partners, Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Hanson FilmTV Institute, Xerox, Ricoh, The Loft Cinema, The University of Arizona Bookstores, Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grant from Faculty Programs, Campus Life, and the estate of Ann Blackmarr.
About the School of Theatre, Film & Television
The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television (TFTV) aims to nurture and develop outstanding artists and scholars by providing rigorous training and mentoring by internationally recognized faculty, excellent internship opportunities, industry-standard resources, and hands-on production experience. TFTV offers comprehensive training programs that aim to prepare students to succeed in a wide range of careers – in the industry, the arts, and higher education. Each year through Arizona Repertory Theatre productions, the Studio Series, and Film & Television screenings, students of TFTV are able to showcase their talents, tell compelling stories, and provide clear results of what happens in their classrooms and studios. In late 2019, TFTV’s Film & Television program was ranked #25 in The Wrap’s “Top 50 Film Schools,” and the School’s Theatre programs regularly rank in Onstage’s “Top 30 College Musical Theatre Programs” and “Top 30 College Theatre Design & Tech Programs” making UA one of the country’s top institutions to study theatre, film and television.