• Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut

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About the Event

Dodge College's annual Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Screenings promote the top films from the previous year as determined by a panel of distinguished alumni and industry representatives. This year, the show will screen in three cities - Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. 

By attending this event you will enjoy:

  • Access to admission representatives
  • Networking with attending industry and faculty guests
  • Connecting with alumni, current and prospective students

Admission to these events is complimentary with registration. 

Films screening at this event are made possible in part through a grant awarded by the Leo Freedman Foundation. Dodge College thanks the foundation for its continued support of our student filmmakers. 

+ - About the Films

We are pleased to announce the following films for the 2016 lineup: 

Angeltown (dir. Nancy Liu ’16) – A Korean Marilyn Monroe wanders the City of Angels and confronts her past.

Gardeners of the Forest (dirs. Ceylan Carhoglu ’16, Nicole Jordan-Webber’16) – For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, as of 2016, there are fewer than 600 elephants left in the wild. Student Academy Award Finalist – Documentary Category

Icarus (dir. Tom Teller ’16) – When a Mars colony’s comm satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee jerk decision to go after her.

It’s Just a Gun (dir. Brian Robau’ 17) – When Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a series of events is set in motion that changes his life forever. Student Academy Award Winner – Silver, Narrative Category

Rocket (dir. Brenna Malloy ’16) – A bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950’s dirt track racing. Student Academy Award Winner –Bronze, Narrative Category

*Please note films are listed in alphabetical order. The actual screening order is subject to change. 

+ - 2017 Events

Information regarding the 2017 First Cut event lineup is forthcoming. Please continue to check back for updates.

Save the Date: 

Los Angeles Event
Thursday, September 28, 2017
DGA Theatre Complex

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