FSU film school premieres free screening of MFA graduate students’ capstone work  

Still image from "The Sunlight From Your Tongue": Wanting to help her depressed lover, a woman agrees to be present while her partner commits suicide, accepting a tragedy that will ruin her forever.
Still image from "The Sunlight From Your Tongue."

As the 2022 summer semester concludes, the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts presents a free public screening of graduate thesis films to the Tallahassee community.

The films will be shown in two parts on Saturday, July 30, at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, and they represent the work of second-year graduate students who — as they do every year — produced 16 narrative films of up to 15 minutes each. Students write, direct, produce, shoot and edit the work to satisfy requirements for their master’s degrees.

“This world premiere event represents the culmination of two years of our graduate students’ demanding collaborative work toward mastery of the filmmaking process,” said Reb Braddock, dean of the college. “We’re very excited to be back in the beautiful Ruby Diamond Concert Hall after the COVID hiatus.”

Part one will begin at 3 p.m. and feature “Pas de Deux,” “Our Terminal,” “Joy,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down,” “Vardo,” “Beautiful Dark,” “Finding Jordan” and “Mi Hija.”

Part two will begin at 7 p.m. and feature “Dream City,” “Shooting Blanks,

“Creeker,” “Wet Things,” “The Sunlight from Your Tongue,” “Melancholic Beauty,” “The Taste of Pomegranate” and “They Flew Like Blackbirds.”

Still image from "Vardo."
Still image from “Vardo.”

The films include dramas about Iranian immigrants in Miami in 1980; a young girl stalked by the ghost of La Llorona; the young son of Bahamian immigrants who explores his gender identity; and a young Black adoptee in the old South who hears birds for the first time.

The lineup also includes a thriller about a woman who picks up a stranger on a road trip and a comedy about an office Christmas party gone wrong.

Material may not be suitable for children.

For more information, visit tallahasseearts.org.