Jan. 4, 2005
Scott Beck and Bryan
Woods, directors and producers of more than a dozen films,
will be featured guests for "Entrepreneurship
in the Arts: Young Iowan Filmmakers" on Thursday,
Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium. The free
event is sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural
Arts Series (ACAS), Writing
on Wednesdays, and Entrepreneurship in the Arts. The event
is open to the public.
and Woods, two 20-year-old filmmakers from Bettendorf, Iowa,
will introduce and screen their film "Her Summer."
Written by Woods, the film is based on true events of a murder
in Davenport, Iowa in 1999. The movie was filmed in Bettendorf
and Davenport and was released in October 2004. It is available
through Bluebox Limited, the production company formed by
Beck and Woods in 2001. After the screening there will be
time for discussion.
Beck and Woods have
produced 13 short films and four feature-length films and
have garnered four awards from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
In April 2004, the two were chosen from 1,700 candidates to
be in the Top 50 Director's competition for Project Greenlight,
a screenwriting contest created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
and sponsored by Miramax Studios and the Bravo Channel. They
were recently named one of the top three finalists in the
MTV Best Film on Campus competition with their short film
"Shades," which will be judged by Hollywood directors Joel
Schumacher, Gus Van Sant, Allison Anders, MTV staff, and online
voters. Winners will receive an internship with MTV Films
and pitch meetings with MTV Films and the Creative Artists
Agency, among others prizes.
"I am amazed at their
talent in screenwriting and filmmaking and their ability to
make low budget feature-length films," said Dr. Marty Knepper,
professor and chair of Morningside's English department.
Beck is a student
at the University of Iowa and Woods attends Scott Community
College in Bettendorf.
For more information
contact Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of English
at Morningside at (712) 274-5264, or Marci Ponder in the English
department at (712) 274-5126.