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Sacred Heart University Premieres Film Festival This Weekend In Stamford

There are a lot of student films as well as more established movies -- all for free -- at Sacred Heart University’s first film festival in Stamford on September 25-28.
There are a lot of student films as well as more established movies -- all for free -- at Sacred Heart University’s first film festival in Stamford on September 25-28. Photo Credit: The FTMA Film Festival

STAMFORD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University’s film and television master’s program is hosting its first film festival in Stamford this weekend.

This four-day event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the cinematic arts with a wide variety of screenings, master classes, workshops and parties.

It began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Throughout the festival, interactive activities will focus on the works of student filmmakers who will be joined by film scholars and highly accomplished television and movie legends. Festival venues will include the historic Avon Theater, the Stamford Innovation Center and the Palace Theater.

Festival venues will include the Avon Theater, the Stamford Innovation Center and the Palace Theatre.

Among the highlights: host director, Allen Coulter ( The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, House of Cards ) discusses his creative process, his understanding of story and working with some of the biggest names in TV/Film history at 6:30 pm. Saturday, Sept. 27. This will be accompanied by a screening of an episode of HBO's Boardwalk Empir e. And, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Amadeus , Producer Michael Hausman, writer Sir Peter Shaffer and actor Tom Hulce will be on hand. In addition, there will be a host of student films as well as staged readings of short and feature-length screenplays.

By inspiring highly acclaimed professional filmmakers such as Coulter, Emily Watchel (screenwriter, Lucky Them ), SHU Professor Sidney Gottlieb (editor, Hitchcock on Hitchcock ) and screenwriter and Connecticut native Anthony Tambakis (Warrior ) to come to the festival and share their work with the FTMA students and Stamford, the FTMA Film Festival will provide high-quality programming usually reserved for big market cities like Los Angeles and New York City, notes Justin Liberman, visiting assistant professor and co-program director (along with Damon Maulucci).

“With this program we are really making the announcement that the FTMA program is here and worthy of your attention,” he says. “I really hope the public recognizes the value of this festival and takes advantage of this programming.”

A comprehensive schedule can be viewed here . For more information contact FTMA program liaison, Louise Giobbi at 203-569-8445.

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