Four student films to screen at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival officially opens today.

Four films created by Indiana University students will be among the hundreds screened during the annual festival’s Short Film Corner. That’s more than any other university that participated in Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival.

IU’s Home Pages spoke with one student crew who never dreamed their five-minute film would be seen by such a vaunted audience. Their movie, “All We’ve Built,” tells the story of a man struggling to cope with the loss of his love after a nuclear meltdown decimates his hometown.

“Originally we were shooting test footage for our camera, a new Canon 5D Mark III that’s really nice. But the story got really gripping and just kind of took over,” said IU junior Ryan Black, who served as the onscreen talent and helped write and produce the film.

With the film shot in and around Bloomington, locals will recognize the Lake Monroe causeway in what the student filmmakers consider their “money shot” — a long slow pan of the film’s hero, walking along an apparently desolate stretch of roadway. Made by holding a camera through a car’s sun roof, the shot required several takes due to traffic on the causeway.

“Cars were slowing down so much and I was wearing a gas mask,” Black said, grinning. “I’m surprised the cops didn’t come.”

Watch the three other IU student films that will screen at Cannes: “Man Crush,” “Afro Thunda” and “Freaks.”


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