Student films at AFI Dallas

Three films by students in the Department of Radio, Television and Film were shown at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival this spring.

Smokey Binion Jr., a handyman in Stinnett who transforms into Elvis Presley by night, is the subject of the documentary short Smokey, directed by master’s student Scott Thurman. A Tale for Shmuli, directed by master’s student Omar Milano (’06), tells the story of a couple diagnosed with breast cancer. The film was named Best Student Short at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton last fall.
And the 16-minute Vinyl, a Super 16 millimeter film created for UNT’s Advanced Film Production class last year, follows two country boys traveling into a city to pick up the newest Michael Jackson record. The film’s producer, Casey Barteau (’08), is an assistant production editor for a film production company in Flower Mound.

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