Meet the 2017-18 Intern Team

GRFF offers a unique internship experience where students with various majors work collaboratively to implement programming. These interns serve as the organization's backbone by supporting festival efforts. 

The 2017-18 intern team is:

Alex Dickey

Alex Dickey

Alex Dickey - GVSU, Film major - production/marketing
I have spent the month of July working on the summer film project for Grand Valley State University. I want to go into the field of cinematography. Some of my favorite movies are Empire Strikes Back and Jaws. I also play the guitar, and ukulele for fun.



Kyler Kaczor

Kyler Kaczor

Kyle Kaczor - GVSU, English and Human Rights major - film submissions
I'm a Grand Rapids native, born and raised. I love film, literature, old music and weird art. I'm a writer currently attending GVSU with a major in English and a minor in Human Rights. My biggest influences and interests are David Lynch, David Cronenberg, John Waters, Dario Argento, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Beat Generation writers, dark humor, punk rock and abstract thinking.



Wade Leppien

Wade Leppien

Wade Leppien - KCAD - graphic design and animation
I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design as a Digital Media major where I developed my skills in animation, illustration, storyboarding, and writing.  I'm currently working on concepts for several animated series that I wish to tell interesting stories and inspire others with. I worked with the Grand Rapids Film Festival before to create animations for the 36 Hour Challenge and I'm glad I have the chance to return for this new experience!


Austin Paul

Austin Paul

Austin Paul - GVSU - Film major - editing/writing
I'm an editor, writer, and DP. For the longest time I've had a deep interest in films and how they are shot, produced, and put together. I've been doing writing and editing work for a while, and have always found them both a tranquil and a challenging experience. In my spare time I tend to work on learning how to draw and working with 3D programs.


Cherish Pittman

Cherish Pittman

Cherish Pittman - GVSU - Film major - production/research
I am a Senior at Grand Valley State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video with plans to immediately attend graduate school for my Master's degree in Sociology. I have always had an affinity for noticing problematic representation of minority groups in film and television, so my ultimate goal is to give a voice to the groups that have been silenced. Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, and Barry Jenkins are a few of my inspirations. 


Eric Shalayko

Eric Shalayko

Eric Shalayko - GVSU Film major - editing/public relations
I'm currently a senior at Grand Valley State University, majoring in Film & Video Production, and minoring in Advertising & Public Relations and Writing. My emphases are film & video editing and screenwriting. I aim to weave the audio and visual mediums together to tell stories to their fullest capacities. Be it fictional, documentary, or promotional projects, everything has a story, and I love seeking out those compelling narratives within


Seth Trowbridge

Seth Trowbridge

Seth Trowbridge - GVSU - Film major - producer/film submissions
I am a senior Film and Video major at Grand Valley State University focusing on producing and screenwriting. I gravitate towards character-driven stories that deal with topics such as identity, social issues, and growth. I've just come off of line producing and unit production managing Grand Valley's Summer Film, and am currently in preproduction for a few senior thesis films. Some of my favorite films include East of Eden, Kings of Summer, and The Kids Are All Right.

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson - GVSU - business management and marketing
I am a marketing major at Grand Valley State University who is graduating this December. Some of my hobbies include traveling, watching horror movies, and critiquing sports. After graduating, I hope to pursue an MBA in the near future. Getting to work for the Grand Rapids Film Festival is a great opportunity for me to practice using the tools and skills that I have learned throughout my collegiate career.


GRFF Announces New Season

Three annual events keep the Grand Rapids Film Festival team busy throughout the year, specifics for the 2017-2018 season below. 

Spotlight: October 13
The Summer Spotlight features a screening of a regional filmmaker’s work in a relaxed outdoor park environment. These events are free and draw over 200 people. Learn more.

36-Hour Challenge: January 26 | February 2
The 36-Hour Challenge engages high school and university students as well as aspiring professionals in a lively time-based filmmaking competition. Learn more.

Festival: April 5-7

  • Thursday April 5, 6pm-9pm: Regional filmmaker presentations and networking. Watch 2017 PechaKuchaGR Filmmaker Edition presentations here.

  • Friday April 6, 7pm – 11pm: F&M (Fashion and Music for Film Showcase) where KCAD students create fashion inspired by music videos

  • Saturday April 7, 12pm - 11pm: Screenings of Quality Entertainment and Transformative films

2017 PechaKuchaGR Filmmaker Edition - presentations

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GRFF teamed up with PechaKuchaGR to highlight 20X20 presentations from 12 area filmmakers. They were asked to answer the question, "how has film transformed your life?" of the GRFF team's favorite questions. 

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically.. Learn more about PechaKucha here

Below are the 2017 PechaKuchaGR Filmmaker Edition presentations. Enjoy!

PechaKucha Speakers Utilize YouTube for Distribution

This article features two speakers from the April Filmmaker PechaKucha event: Sloan Inns and Ella Swift. Both have released their short films on YouTube,and are hoping to attract as many views as possible. 

Watch Sloan Inns' Filmmaker PechaKucha presentation from April 7, 2017 to learn more about his character and the films that shaped him. 

Sloan Inns, Owner of BMG Visuals
View Dust here.

Dust, a revolutionary short dance film shot in slow motion and re-choreographed to new music, released on May 8. Featuring local professional Krump dancer Mark Evans II, Dust offers a deeper meaning as it depicts man’s battle against the futility of life.

“I woke up at 3 A.M. and this image of a Krump Dancer flooded into my mind,” Director Sloan Inns explained. “I could see his chest lock and pop so violently that dust exploded off it, and I couldn’t get to sleep after that.”

Along with his wife Jenna Inns as the film’s producer, they created this unprecedented dance film. The plot is based on a Biblical story of man being created from the dust. Using dance to communicate how man overcomes the curse. Its aim is to provide inspiration to those struggling to know what to do between the time they are born and when the dust finally settles on their lives.

Dust pushes the limits as a new style of dance film, the secret of which lies in post-production. The film was shot in slow motion, which is how the dancing can move from real time to slow motion with ease. The editing process took a full year because the process of matching the beat of the score to the dance was intricate work.

“It was an ambitious project,” said Inns. “But I’m really happy with how the dancer manages to dance in real time, then break into slow-motion while keeping on beat.”

Ella Swift Redding discusses the films that transformed her life in this filmmaker PechaKucha presentation

Ella Swift Redding, Owner of Burley Mermaid Production
View Portrait of a Femme here.

Portrait of a Femme, a homespun web doc series about amazing women in modern culture, explores one woman's 'non-traditional' life each season.

In mid-July, Ella is competing as a finalist in the Galway Film Fleadh Pitch Competition for her latest project. A historical drama, it features Lady Gregory of Coole Park

Former Interns

Over the years, Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF) has shaped young professionals in the Grand Rapids area through its internship programs. In this unique experience, students with various majors work collaboratively, sharing creative ideas to implement into GRFF programming. These interns serve as the organization's backbone by supporting festival efforts.

Here are the internships we offer: 
·        Event Planning
·        Film Submissions Coordinator
·        Fund Development
·        Graphic Design
·        Public Relations
·        Video Editing

Through the internship program, GRFF strives to develop and train young professionals to make an impact on their lives by providing quality job experiences. Interns receive the opportunity to work as a team with other students who have differentiating majors, preparing them for the diversity they will face in the workplace.

GRFF reached out to a few of the past interns and asked them how the internship impacted their lives and what opportunities they have gone on to pursue. 

2014 GRFF Intern Crew: Jessica Wagley, Nick DiCarlo, Meg Jewell, Carese Bartlett, Amy Hallochak, and Adam Cutler with GRFF President and mentor Jen Shaneberger. 

2014 GRFF Intern Crew: Jessica Wagley, Nick DiCarlo, Meg Jewell, Carese Bartlett, Amy Hallochak, and Adam Cutler with GRFF President and mentor Jen Shaneberger. 

Amy HallochakFall 2013/Winter 2014, Behind the Scenes Team
Hallochak led the Behind the Scenes team, which interviewed filmmakers and created short promotional pieces for the 2014 festival.  She also worked with a team of interns to acquire sponsors to host mixers during festival week. These tasks helped her to learn about project management, which she recently utilized when she was an Account Director for Doner Advertising. Hallochack says, “I think about my GRFF internship all the time! Looking back, I wish I truly understood what an amazing opportunity it was and fully embraced it.”

Carese BartlettFall 2013/Winter 2014, Fund Development
Bartlett served as a Fund Development intern where she acquired project management skills in caring for the details involved in development. She is a now the Head of Operations and Productions at S2S Studios and sharpening the skills she learned. Her favorite part about the internship program was how much it prepared her for her current job.

Adam CutlerFall 2013/Winter 2014, Social Media Management
Cutler managed GRFF's Social Media for two semesters. “It was awesome to see so many people with different roles and responsibilities come together to produce a series of successful screenings and events.” He is now a Project Manager at NexVortex. He appreciated the experience he gained in management and coordination because it translated well with what he is doing now.

Jess WagleyFall 2013/ Winter 2014, Production
Through her event production internship, Wagley gained experience in organization, event planning, and critical thinking. Her role was extremely important for the first annual Fashion for Film. She is now fulfilling her dreams as a Corporate Travel Agent at Conlin Travel and utilizing these special skills.

Juliana Ludema discusses interning for GRFF

Juliana LudemaFall 2016, Communications/Writing
As a Communications/Writing intern, Ludema wrote and prepared press release, web copy and grants for fundraising. She has taken the experience with her to Caledonia Living Magazine, where she works as a Content Coordinator. Ludema brought a great energy to the team and stated “Being an intern for GRFF further confirmed my desire to work for a nonprofit.”

Meaghan GoemanWinter/Fall 2016, Graphic Design
As a Graphic Design intern, Goeman had the opportunity to create a sponsorship brochure and the poster for the Spotlight event. She enjoyed learning about collaborative approaches and how they can help complete tasks and events. Goeman is now a Social Media and Marketing Manager at Oh So Clean and will complete her degree in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design this December.

The Board of Directors extends a warm thank you to all of our past interns for the powerful impact you’ve left on the organization. 

GRFF is currently seeking interns for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Jen Shaneberger at . 

Finding Festival Films

The Festival's over. Maybe you got a chance to catch a few films. But, how do you find the ones you missed? Indie film lovers often face this problem, and wonder where they can watch these obscure beauties. To help keep our audience connected to the talented filmmakers whose work screened in April, we put together this update. 

Shayna Connelly, Gardening at Night

Shayna Connelly, Gardening at Night

Shayna Connelly directed the narrative short “Gardening at Night,” which went on to screen at Stranger Without a Face in Australia and Chicago Underground. Connelly's next project is a ghost story narrative called “Quiver". 

Denison Ramsey, What Happened in Vegas

Denison Ramsey, What Happened in Vegas

Denison Ramsey is planning a late summer theatrical release in Las Vegas for the film “What Happened in Vegas”. 




Sam Smartt, Shipping Home

Sam Smartt, Shipping Home

Sam Smartt, professor at Calvin College, edited the film “Shipping Home”, which now has distribution through Kanopy. This service is similar to Netflix but instead it is used for educational institutions. The best part about it is, Grand Rapids Public Library is the first public library in the country to have this service. Smartt's latest project is “Luminous".

Breaking Legs

Breaking Legs

Mark Marchillo's "Breaking Legs" is now distributed by Vision Films & Sony Pictures on DVD and VOD. You may find links to buy or rent the film here.


Joshua Courtade, The Joy

Joshua Courtade, The Joy

Though there is not any distrubition yet, Joshua Courtade’s film “The Joy,” has been submitted to numerous film festivals. Along with this, Courtade’s feature film “Alone in the Universe” has been acquired by Nandar Entertainment and is available in a number of platforms. You can watch it here on Amazon Prime. You can catch this film here. It doesn’t stop there, catch two of Courtades other project's, his dramatic feature “Black Paper” and his comedy web series “Space Debris", on Prime as well.What’s next for Courtade? Working on his second season of “Space Debris” and a comedy web series called “Some Guy.”

Paulio Shakespeare, Hard to Believe

Paulio Shakespeare, Hard to Believe

The film  “Hard to Believe,” by Paulio Shakespeare, is distributed on Amazon and has been pitched to Netflix.  Shakespeare is working on another China related film that will take audiences deeper into understanding modern day communist China and the survivors of belief that have emerged from there. If you want to follow and take a look at future documentaries, just take a look at this website.

Andrew Behm, Hold On

Andrew Behm, Hold On


Lastly, we spoke with Andrew Behm to see how his short "Hold On" was coming along. In this film, a couple works through a trying time in their relationship. For this work, Behm’s won Best Director in a Feature or Short Film for the 2017 Eclipse Awards. The film can be viewed here vimeo.  Coming up for Behm is a new short film called "Marie".

2017 Filmmaker interviews

As the festival approaches, we're getting more and more excited to introduce all of the creative minds behind the films. We were able to reach out to a few of the featured filmmakers, all of which are attending the festival, to get a deeper look into their background, artistic style, and love of film.

Joshua Courtade, The Joy | Film Block C

Joshua Courtade, The Joy | Film Block C

Joshua Courtade
Producer, Writer, and Director of The Joy
Film Block C 3:30pm - 4:45pm
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Q: Being from GR, what is one thing you admire about the Grand Rapids film community?

A: I love how supportive the Grand Rapids film community is. People really want to see each other succeed here. There are some great people in L.A. or anywhere else that films are being made, but there's something very comfortable about the midwestern values and work ethic in Grand Rapids.

Q: You’ve had a lot of experience writing, directing, and producing… what is your favorite role and why?

A: I tend to think of myself as a writer-director more than a producer. For me, it's difficult to separate the writing and directing. I love working with actors and being on set, but in order to get there, an effective script has to exist. My brain is definitely wired for the creative side more than the business side. The entire process is challenging, and sometimes it all falls apart, but even the worst day on set is better than a great day just about anywhere else.

Q: What went into the making of The Joy and what do you hope the audience gets out of it?

A: The Joy is a bit of an anomaly in my filmography. The last few years, I've been working on features, shorts, and series with crews of twenty to thirty people. For The Joy, probably seventy percent of the movie was shot exclusively by me. I acted, directed, ran the camera, dressed the set, and did anything else that needed doing. I had some supporting actors for a few scenes, and for one of the shoot days I had two other crew members helping out with lighting and camera, but otherwise, it was all me. That's a pretty nutty way to make a movie, but honestly, it was kind of refreshing. I guess I hope that the audience can see something of themselves in the story. One comment I've gotten pretty consistently at film festivals is that people can relate to the character. Sometimes it's nice to know that we're not alone in our neuroses and that it's okay to laugh about them.

Learn more about The Joy here.

Nathan Roels, Renardo | Film Block D 

Nathan Roels, Renardo | Film Block D 

Nathan Roels
Director of Renardo
Film Block D 5pm - 6:45pm
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Q: I see this is your first time with the GRFF. What are you most excited about

A: I have never actually attended the festival, so I am really excited just to see the turnout and all the other films that are part of the program this year. I was actually a part of the 36-Hour Challenge by GRFF in January, and I thought it was really an awesome experience to see all the videos that groups were able to create in such a short period of time. It will be really great to see what work people were able to create over longer periods of time for this festival, especially of those who are from Grand Rapids.

Q: Can you give a little background of your documentary short… what inspirations drew you to the creation? What is your ultimate aim?

A: Our documentary is of Renardo Bowles, a man from Detroit who committed murder and received a life sentence, but was able to see the fault in his ways and turn his life around, seeking and finding redemption in really powerful ways. I heard Renardo's story from Warden DeWayne Burton of Handlon Correctional Facility, as I was looking to do a story on an inmate in that prison. We ended up not being able to get clearance to film that inmate, but Warden Burton had met Renardo earlier, and I was really drawn to the redemption and reconciliation in Renardo's story, especially since that is a huge part of my Christian faith. Our aim was to give hope to others by telling Renardo's story of redemption, and to allow people to understand that somebody can make a terrible mistake, but truly change their ways. Forgiveness is powerful, and I feel that as a society, we need to be willing to give people chances even after making mistakes, and to forgive when possible. As a Christian I see that we are all sinners, and that although it can be the most difficult thing to do, we need to have more grace with people who have messed up and to not define people by their mistakes.

Q: What advice would you give to fellow student filmmakers?

A: I think in general, student filmmakers don't spend enough time in pre-production, but that the more time spent in pre-production, the better production and post-production will go. Spending a lot of time in pre-production can be hard with such strict deadlines for many student films trying to fit films into one semester, but it's really important and often underestimated. I would also say that if it's better to film off-campus if possible, as I see many student films filmed in dorms, which tends to lower the production value significantly. Lastly, for directors and crew members in leadership roles, I would say to be kind to the crew who are underclassmen or in lower positions on set, like PAs, and to use those opportunities to mentor and help develop skills for those students as well.

Michael McCallum, Buffalo | Film Block 2C

Michael McCallum, Buffalo | Film Block 2C

Michael McCallum
Director of Buffalo
Film Block 2C 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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Q: Obviously you’re no stranger to the Grand Rapids Film Festival. Can you share your favorite part of the event?

A: My favorite part of the GRFF is meeting new creative people and re-connecting with old friends and bridging the gap between the two. Seeing wonderfully creative & though-provoking films doesn't hurt either.

Q: Tell me more about the father-son dynamic in this film. Do you work together often? What are some benefits of having close family alongside you in this business?

A: My Father, William C. McCallum, is not only my Dad, but my best friend as well. He's also my greatest collaborator. We've worked often together since 2006. He was a co-star in previous films, Fairview St., Handlebar and Waiter From Hell. Buffalo was the film that I knew he was ready to be the lead in. We wrote the film together and also produced it together. Working with him are some of the best times of my life. We communicate better on set than in real life some times and his ability to just "live in the moment" on camera is second to none that I've worked with. Not only as a director, but co-star as well. He has a presence in his stillness and a quality in his eyes that shows a life well-lived and a soul well-traveled. The films wouldn't have done as well as they statewide, nationally or internationally if it's wasn't for those two things that he and he alone brings to the table. It's also pleasant to have someone on set that you completely trust and will give you a true response without any sort of ulterior motive.

Q: What is some advice you would give to up and coming filmmakers on starting/spreading their personal projects?

A: I get asked this a lot. It's a reasonable question to ask. It's a tough answer though.  Personally, I feel you need to figure out what you want and what you want to get out of doing this sort of work. That's first. Then I would pursue a project that you can pour yourself into. Don't worry about what others think is a "good idea". Go with your gut. Take your time casting it. Stay true to the story and tone of the piece and don't let anyone get in your way. Don't use limits on money, time or resources to be excuses. Power through them. They are issues that will always be there and won't go anywhere no matter how much success you obtain. Be thankful and appreciative of everyone's time and especially of your actors. Take care of them and protect them, but don't coddle them. Challenge yourself and allow the work to lead you. Never stop and if you do, get the f*** out of the way for the folks that giving up isn't an option. 
Visit Rebel Pictures for more info on Michael's projects. 

Mark Marchillo, Director (right) and Micah Brandt, Producer (left), Breaking Legs | Film Block 2D

Mark Marchillo, Director (right) and
Micah Brandt, Producer (left), Breaking Legs | Film Block 2D

Mark Marchillo, Director (right) and
Micah Brandt, Producer (left) of Breaking Legs
Film Block 2D 5pm-6:45pm
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Q: What drove you into the filmmaking Business?

A:  (Micah Brandt) I first got my foot in the door over 15 years ago in 2001 when I went to Italy in order to document the Journey of “Pepe", a 91-year old grandfather, and his grandson as they travelled back to the small village in Sicily where he grew up before immigrating to New York. Shortly after returning to UCONN I partnered up with a fellow film enthusiast and we started the UCONN Film Organization (UFO) where we made short films every semester with the financial support of the Student Government (since we were recognized as an official University Club). This organic and self-taught process of filmmaking drove me to apply to film school and later study film at the Masters Level at an Art School in San Francisco. During my studies I landed several freelances positions producing music videos, short films, and PSA's. After film school, in 2010, I landed my first producing job at $200/week for a feature film about homelessness in Los Angeles. Since then I have produced and managed over a dozen feature films.

Q: Breaking Legs brings light to several problems that teens face… What inspired this direction and what do you hope the audience will get out of it?

A: (Mark Marchillo) I grew up and went to high school in a small town, but I think the problems teenagers face are universal. There's always bullying, there are always problems at home. I like to make movies about young people and what their lives are like. And as much as I love working in the musical and teen genres, I like to show kids as they are, instead of putting the "Disney spin" on things and making life seem all sparkles and cherries on top. Not to say Breaking Legs is dark - it isn't. It's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. But kids are mean. Grownups suck. Families are difficult. And popularity's a bitch. At least, that was my experience growing up. But, what I hope that people get from the movie is that, although there are these obstacles in all of our lives, if we keep fighting, keep dreaming and let it flow, we can get to where we set our sights on.

More information on their film can be found at here.


Sam Smartt of Shipping Home with Chris Zaluski | Film Block F

Sam Smartt of Shipping Home with Chris Zaluski | Film Block F

Sam Smartt
Director of Shipping Home with Chris Zaluski (Honest Eye Productions)
Film Block F 8:45pm - 10:15pm
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Q: What brought you into the world of documentary filmmaking?

A: I took a documentary production class in college and had a really good experience even though I didn't think I would.  I had always preferred fiction film, but as a student having little large-scale production experience and having to work with amateur actors, I found that documentary actually offered a more accessible path to becoming a compelling storyteller.  The authenticity that is available to you when you're telling someone else's real story is hard to achieve in the world of fiction filmmaking until you get to a much higher level (if at all!).  After college I had the opportunity to edit a micro-budget feature doc with a local journalist in NC, which ended up screening at a couple of film festivals.  That was where I really got my feet wet.  After that I went back to school to get my MFA in Documentary Filmmaking at Wake Forest, which is where I met Chris.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourselves… How did you two meet, seeing that you're from different areas of the United States, and what drove you to work together?

A: We met at graduate school at Wake Forest and decided to be partners on our thesis film, Wagonmasters.  We found we worked well together and just naturally continued to collaborate on projects after we graduated.  I moved to Michigan to take a job teaching at Calvin, and Chris stayed in North Carolina, but we've continued to work remotely together.  Shipping Home is probably the most intensive long-distance collaboration we've worked on.  He shot the entire film (I haven't even met the main characters), and I managed the post process.  Overall a very rewarding experience.

Learn more about Shipping Home here. 

John Otterbacher, Officially Limited | Film Block E

John Otterbacher, Officially Limited | Film Block E

John Otterbacher
Director of Officially Limited
Film Block E 8:45pm - 10:15pm
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Q: I believe this is your first major directing role, what were some highs and lows of this experience?

A: I normally produce or shoot with most of my directing experience coming from the corporate world so this was new in terms of my directing a project this large and material that was so deep.  The lows were definitely around wearing many hats at the same time. I traveled quite a bit to get to the different events and screenings around the country and I was often, producing, directing, shooting and doing sound by myself with multiple cameras......I don't recommend this and mistakes were made along the way which were pretty frustrating to realize after the fact.  

In some ways though it was also a lot of fun, especially coming from projects with large crews where my role was much more specific. It was definitely good to flex those muscles.  Editing was also a huge challenge and continued to be because when you are working on a documentary, editing is also the writing stage in a way.  It is difficult to say the least.  There was a bright moment though when I started working with a former student, Jon Gollner, as the editor. He has really helped me navigate the material and between his help and the help of the advisers in my MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts the film was able to reach the state it is in now at this festival.

Q: “Everything is influenced by something else” is a bold quote in the Officially Limited trailer. Can you talk about your influences for this film and, in turn, your interest in pop art?

A: I think most art is referencing something else, whether directly or indirectly.  The fact is that we cannot escape what we have seen or consumed in the art and media and that those experiences inform our own work.  This happens in film, music,  writing, painting and every other art form.  Whether you are more closely or intentionally drawing reference from something specific or a larger body or group of work, it is influencing you.  Like Andy Warhol, many of these artists are being very open about what inspires them which is the whole idea of pop that draws influence from popular culture.

Q: Given your teaching background, you’ve been around many young filmmakers… What is some advice you often give to the younger generations about the filmmaking process and business?

A: Do what you love.....if you don't love making movies then you should do something else because there are plenty of easier ways to make money.  Be patient and don't give up, it's a rough industry and very complex art's going to take you some time before you are established as an artist, working professional or both and that is totally normal.  I see a lot of young people quit or change paths because it "wasn't working" for them and those of us who stick it out are the ones who make progress.  It never as easy or fast as we would like it but it can happen if you keep at it.

Learn more about Officially Limited here.

Fashion for Film Returns on April 7th!

For the festival in April, GRFF once again partners with Kendall College of Art and Design's (KCAD) Fashion department for our Fashion & Music or Film Showcase (F&M).

If you missed our last showcase, here's a recap of the event. This video is produced in the loving memory of our special guest costume designer, Bernadine Vida, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Students at KCAD chose a film (Grease) as an overall theme for the fashion line - then, designed costumes for the characters of that film in different period settings. 

2017 Fashion & Music (F&M) Showcase

The 2017 Showcase incorporates  fashion and music to highlight their influence the film industry. Once again, we're partnering with KCAD's Fashion Department along with their Sculpture Department to bring to life costumes fitting for film and music videos. 

Sonja Millic F&M Visting Artist Designer

Sonja Millic F&M Visting Artist Designer

We're excited to announce the
2017 F&M Visiting Artist Designer, Sonja Millic!

Sonja graduated from The Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in 2010. She has been the fashion and costume designer for many projects, including PWL Fashion Company and Barum Barum Fashion. She has developed fashion lines for music video clips, sportswear fashion, and theater costume design.

This year's F&M theme highlight's Millic's work with music videos. KCAD designers follow Millic's guidance to produce original compositions created to bring life to music video fashion. 

F&M takes place on Friday, April 7. More details on location and tickets coming soon.