As the semester winds down for all of us, we get to see our hard work pay off through various finals brought by a grueling week of cramming. However, for the school of film, finals week brings with it a showcase of phenomenal short films that graduating seniors in the film program show for everyone’s viewing pleasure, all of which is capped off by an annual award show, the Tracy’s. This event is where the film students hard work and commitment pays off and it puts their skills on display for a viewing audience.
There are screenings that take place every day during finals week at varying times, allowing students to get away from their crazy finals lives and see some amazing short films. Even better, the screenings for the Tracy’s are free, making it more accessible for students of any major to view. Limited at 10 minutes a piece, these 11 short films boast a wide variety of different genres, from comedies, to dramatic pieces, to horror flicks, to informational documentaries. With such a wide range of short films to be presented, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the documentaries featured in the screenings is “Consexual,” a powerful piece about rape and sexual assault in Bozeman. Directed by Katie Chapin, this documentary about a somewhat touchy subject is ultimately raising awareness amongst the community through its powerful message. Consisting of interviews from the VOICE Center and different sexual assault survivors, “Consexual” looks to be a film experience that gives a voice to people who generally don’t have this sort of medium. “Consexual” looks to send a powerful message in a way that is moving to the audience, creates a touching experience.
From a dramatic sci-fi film about about an unknown planet running out of resources to a comedy about a man waking up in his 21-year-old body at the time where he lost his true love, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Bringing all of the films together has been a great exercise for the directors involved, but they couldn’t have done it without their teams of other films students, many of whom were volunteers. As a whole, creating a film requires a standout team, and these films show how a cohesive team can create something amazing.
The movies boast a wide range of topics, which you’ll have to go to the screenings to see. This celebration of the school of film is a can’t miss experience that can take you away from your cramming for a couple of hours, or help you let off steam once you’re done with finals. The screenings are free during a wide variety of times, so there’s really no excuse to miss this extravaganza of exceptional short films.
The screenings all take place during finals week. The times are Monday 2 – 4 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. -1 a.m., Wednesday 5 – 7 p.m. and Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Procrastinator Theater as well as a matinee screening at The Ellen Theater on the Friday at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. of the awards.