• view from behind the Hollywood sign, looking down at buildings on a lush green hill

    Hollywood's Cat Connection

    UVM Film and Television Studies Professor Sarah Nilsen took a dozen UVM students to Los Angeles for four jam-packed days over the winter break as a capstone experience for a course on the movie industry.

  • Channeling Disney: American Wildlife Revisited

    '18 Alum Matt Schildkamp collected clips of Florida Everglades nature for project inspired by 1953 Disney True-Life Adventure film.

  • UVM Film students getting real world experience in a professional setting.

    UVM Fellowship to Stowe Story Labs

    Senior Matt Schildkamp was the selected UVM film student for the inaugural UVM fellowship to Stowe Story Labs, a nonprofit that helps promote emerging talent from around the world.

  • Kilik comes home

    Film producer and alum John Kilik (Hunger Games, Dead Man Walking, Foxcatcher) makes regular returns to UVM for screening films and talking to students.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Photo: Courtesy of Braden Duemmler, taken in 2016 prior to COVID-19.)

Braden Duemmler ’07 learned quickly that, in Hollywood, agents and managers typically have three piles of scripts on their desks: one for clients, one for referrals of clients and one for interesting projects they hope to work on someday. “They barely get to the second pile, let alone the third and I was in the third pile, all the time,” the filmmaker says. After ten years of grinding out scripts to no avail, it was the advice of a friend that helped him get his first out of the pile and into production.

“What Lies Below” (originally titled “VISCOUS”) — written and directed by Duemmler and starring Mena Suvari — is scheduled to hit select U.S. theaters this December, followed by a digital/streaming release. Details about the film are being kept under wraps by its distributors for now, but what Duemmler can share is that it’s a mystery-thriller that turns the concept of a femme fatale on its head and follows a storyline about a mother (Suvari) who introduces her teenage daughter (Ema Horvath) to her new, unexpected fiancé (Trey Tucker). “There's this to-be-looked-at-ness from the fiancé that constantly feeds the film,” Duemmler says.

“There’s always been a want to see female protagonists, but the industry has refused to do it for some reason. Now, they're really buying into that and shooting female-driven films and I think this movie is feeding an audience that's always been hungry for it,” he adds.

Before “What Lies Below,” he says he was basically chasing a carrot on a stick to get his work in front of the right people. So, what did his friend say that turned things around? It was simple. Start small. Read the full story.

Film and Television Major Devon White's short film, The Age of Quarantine, was selected "Best Film" in VTIFF's Shelter in Place Showcase Spring 2020

UVM Student Featured Work:

My video is about people in my life that I am in contact with since self-quarantine. I decided to use animation because I had the materials to do it and I wanted to explore the medium.  I really enjoyed making the end part.   I used one sound clip that I found on YouTube of bats calling each other.  I really like how abstract it was but I don't think anyone would have picked up on what it is.  I really like the experimental documentary format. There are so many possibilities and I would love to work on more. Jess Armstrong ‘21, FTS 141, Spring 2020

FTS Film Festival Experiences

 

In collaboration with the Vermont International Film Festival, FTS offers a 1-credit course each fall structured around the ten-day festival. This year we expanded our festival experience by offering a 4-day travel trip to the renowned Camden International Film Festival in Maine. For more information please contact Professor and FTS Director Deb Ellis.

Student Run Film Club

The UVM Film Club is dedicated to producing and critiquing films as well as expanding the community's awareness of cinema as a medium. Check out their club and other media clubs at UVM.

 

Walt Disney Travel Abroad Class

This winter travel course will examine the centrality of Walt Disney to the development of American media culture and its global spread.