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Controlled Chaos Film Festival to be held April 28

Short films created by Western Carolina University students will be featured at WCU’s second annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival on Wednesday, April 28.

Admission is $5 to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. Proceeds benefit the student production fund.

The lineup includes three senior-thesis film projects starring WCU students and written, filmed, directed and produced by students in WCU’s motion picture and television production program.

In the first, “Awakened,” a strange and charming man played by Nathaniel Mason challenges a lonely workaholic played by Christina Banner to break out of her daily routine. The film’s director and writer was Erin Wagoner, producer Stephen Johnson and director of photography Seth Lewis.

In the second, “Red Springs,” a couple played by Dayna Damron and Chris Evans moves to a new home in the idyllic mountain town of Red Springs only to come face-to-face with dark and dangerous forces. The film’s director and writer was Kirk Gunton, producer Sean Beck and director of photography Sean Cassidy.

The third senior-thesis film, “4 a.m. Buzz,” is a music video featuring original music by the film’s director, Chris Walters, and his band Electrovibe. The video depicts a man played by Nathaniel Mason who is transported to a vibrant, magical world by the music. The producer was Cassidy and director of photography Clay Bowman.

Organizing the festival are WCU students Gunton, Mandy Hughes, Carey McKelvey and Leah Thomas.

For more information about the motion picture and television production program, contact Jack Sholder, director of the program, at 828-227-2324 or jsholder@wcu.edu.

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