V7 Scholar Lineup
ACCIDENTAL AVANT GARDE: TEARING APART WISEAU'S "THE ROOM"
Cult classic "so-bad-it's-good" film The Room(2003) made by the enigmatic auteur Tommy Wiseau fits all of the qualities for primitive filmmaking and the interest of audiences. However, Wiseau's break of conventional filmmaking was not of any purposeful artistic expression, but rather an accident which kept fans coming back for more.
Jillian Carney, UNCW
When Jillian was 7 years old, Santa Claus brought her a Barbie video camera and her life changed forever. Carney loves watching and writing about awkward comedies, cult cinema, classic Hollywood, silent cinema, and Disney Films. In addition, she is a documentary filmmaker who loves to combine her passion for philanthropy and leadership through the medium.
ALL ATE UP WITH MAGGOTS: TRANSCENDENT DECAY IN "GUMMO"
This essay describes the visual style of the 1997 film "Gummo," directed by Harmony Korine. The author unpacks the ways in which the visuals relate the fractured reality of the characters' lives in an environment ravaged by nature and neglect.
JACK J. FOREY, UniverSity of Nebraska-lincoln
Jack is a screenwriter, poet, filmmaker and film critic living in Omaha, Nebraska. He previously worked for The Daily Nebraskan and is currently developing several projects including short films, music videos, and short documentaries. He distributes most of his work through SwissFrench Films.
GAZING THROUGH THE HAZE: THOMAS ANDERSON'S "INHERENT VICE"
Many directors and writers struggle with adaptations of novels. However, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice adaptation acts as a commentary on the original work by emphasizing characters and images to embody the voice of the original author, Thomas Pynchon.
TRAVIS R. MERCHANT, UNCW
He attended Visions6 Film Festival & Conference as a scholar where he presented on the documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Boy About His Father. Since graduating, Travis has been working at Wake Technical Community College as an Adjunct Instructor at the Individualized Learning Center. While there, he has worked with students on writing and study skills.
VISUAL & SYMBOLIC POWER OF MILK IN AMERICAN GANGSTER FILMS
Milk's power arises not only from its distinctive physical properties, but also from its intrinsic connections to infancy and historical connections to the dawn of industrialization in America. McCauley explores multifaceted applications of milk as a cinematic device examining how the uses of milk can range from illustrating the mythology of social mobility to connoting a deviant male character's Oedipus complex.
Elizabeth mccauley, University of Virginia
Elizabeth McCauley is passionate about film production and criticism, and is looking forward to starting a career in film and video production after she graduates. Elizabeth writes movie reviews for The Cavalier Daily, obsessively reads the news, and sing in UVA's rock a cappella group, The Flying V's.