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AHHA FILM SERIES

The AHHA FILM SERIES is an ongoing film screening series specializing in independent films, art films, experimental films, and local filmmaker showcases.  We encourage local filmmakers to submit films for review and consideration for upcoming screenings.  For all submissions, please direct your inquiries to AHHA Film Series Coordinator, Zach Litwack at: zlitwack@ahct.org

 

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WASTE LAND
Thursday, May 8  -  8:00pm

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

AHHA FILM INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

In early 2014, AHHA will offer a new film education program that introduces high school Juniors and Seniors as well as college-aged Freshmen and Sophomores* to the basics of screenwriting, preproduction, HD video production, and finally, video editing and finishing strategies. Over the course of a semester-long class, students will receive a university-level educational experience at an extremely affordable rate. We are happy to offer this sixteen-week course at the affordable rate of $25 per class session, totaling $400 for the entire semester. This tuition fee is all-inclusive, covering all class sessions and equipment fees.

*Potential Film Institute students do not need to be enrolled in a traditional college or university in order to apply.

AHHA FILM INSTITUTE FOR ADULT STUDENTS

Due to the positive reception from adults in the Tulsa community, we are proud to announce that the AHHA Film Institute will now be offering a section for adults 21 years old and older.  Students will be introduced to the basics of screenwriting, preproduction, HD video production, and finally, video editing and finishing strategies. We are happy to offer this sixteen-week course at the affordable rate of $25 per class session, totaling $400 for the entire semester. This tuition fee is all-inclusive, covering all class sessions and equipment fees.

 

Click here to apply to the AHHA Film Institute for Adult Students >  

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Zach Litwack is a filmmaker based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Active since 2001, his recent films include the social justice documentary, One Life For Another (2013), the horror homage to German Expressionism, The Gentleman (2012), the surreal fantasy, Lost and Found (2008), and the dark comedy, Improvisation (2006). Between 2007 and 2008, both Improvisation and Lost and Found were featured as Official Selections in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. One Life For Another, an account of his mother’s near death experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer during the Panama Canal Riots of 1964, received the endorsement of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute in 2013 and is beginning its festival circuit. He is currently in pre-production on Good Intentions, a short that will be included in the anthology feature, Vacancy, and writing the feature screenplay for the supernatural thriller, The Other Side.

Outside of pursuing his own projects, Litwack enjoys teaching others to express themselves through film. Between 2001 and 2011, he has taught screenwriting, film production, and film editing at Living Arts of Tulsa, the Tulsa Opera Summer Program, the Chicago chapter of Upward Bound, and Columbia College Chicago’s Film & Video Department. He is looking forward to bringing his experience to the classroom at the AHHA Film Institute and helping a new generation of filmmakers to find their cinematic voices.