Friday, May 31, 2013
* SIFF filmmaker to speak at Shoreline
A scene from "the Forgotten Kingdom" which pemiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Director/writer Andrew Mudge will speak to Shoreline students Monday, June 3.
Shoreline Community College film students will get a close up of may be in their own futures.
Andrew Mudge, writer and director of “The Forgotten Kingdom,” which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), will be on campus Monday, June 3, 2013, to speak about his art and career.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” Kris Boustedt, Shoreline digital filmmaking faculty said. Shoreline has its own strong showing at SIFF with a number of films listing students and faculty on the credits.
“Kingdom” is the story of a young man who reluctantly journeys to land of his ancestors, Lesotho, South Africa, to bury his estranged father. Once there, he finds himself drawn to the beauty of the land and hardships of the people. Early reviews note the film’s amazing cinematography, including vibrant street scenes in Johannesburg the meditative tale of a return to native land and relationships.
Mudge says he started early making “a pile of short films about farmer's children who get struck by comets, swamp monsters that metamorphose into house pets, and malicious lawnmowers...” However, that developed-expertise apparently paid off with his win in 2003 of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for his project, “The P.T. Johansen Field Guide to North American Monsters.” The grand prize was a $1 million feature film production deal courtesy of Universal Pictures and Hypnotic.
In his talk at Shoreline, Mudge will show scenes from “Kingdom” as part of the discussion. His presentation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Monday, June 3, in Room 2010 in the Visual Arts Center. Faculty member Boustedt says the event is open to anyone, but that seating may be limited.