PBS Short Film Festival 2020

PBS Short Film Festival

WSIU is pleased to present a locally produced film, “Do Not Disturb,”

one of 25 films selected as a finalist in the 2020 PBS Short Film Festival.

PBS Short Film Festival 2020
The Ninth Annual PBS Short Film Festival Celebrates Independent
Filmmakers and Showcases Diverse Storytelling

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ABOUT THE FILM

WSIU is proud to return as a producing partner for the 2020 PBS Online Film Festival with, “Do Not Disturb.” Developed by SIU student filmmakers Mackenzie Rosario of Clarksville, Tennessee and JT Boehme of Taylorville, Illinois, “Do Not Disturb” began as a class project offering a stark glimpse into the tragedy of texting and driving.

Do Not Disturb” is one of only 25 short films being featured in this year’s festival. Each film was chosen based on four key attributes: storytelling, creativity and originality, quality of performance, technical execution in camera work, sound, lighting, and editing. This national festival awards prizes for Most Popular and Juror’s Selection. Stream films during the voting period, which will run from July 13-24 and vote each day for your favorite film at pbs.org/filmfestival.

“Each year WSIU challenges ourselves to showcase innovative storytelling through our work with the PBS Online Film Festival,” said Jak Tichenor, WSIU’s Interim Executive Director. WSIU is pleased to provide this unique opportunity to student filmmakers. Through this festival, with millions of audience members, they can make as much of an impact on digital screens as they can on big screens in theaters.” –Jak Tichenor

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Mackenzie RosarioHailing from Clarksville, Tennessee, Mackenzie Rosario is taking the next step in pursuit of a successful career in the film industry. She is a curious and hard-working film school student studying at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is looking to perfect her technical abilities and develop a unique style. From a young age, she has been drawn to the world of film and motion pictures.

Justin Boehme Being from a small town called Taylorville, Illinois, Jacob Boehme was forced from an early age to use  imagination to find stories worth telling. He chose to attend Southern Illinois University in order to perfect his craft and learn as much about visual storytelling as possible. Creating stories and narratives is not something he is pursuing in order to start a career but instead, something he does in order to feel fulfilled.

ABOUT THE PRESENTING PARTNER

WSIU Public Broadcasting is a vital community resource dedicated to improving the quality of life for millions of people across five states and beyond. We offer multiple digital television channels and radio stations, local production units, community engagement and interactive online services such as web, podcasts, videos and social media channels. WSIU provides equal access to news, arts, culture, science, history and educational programming that inspires learning for everyone. The WSIU stations are a service learning and professional development experience for students of all ages, including more than 100 students of Southern Illinois University who build their media production skills in our stations. WSIU is proud to partner with PBS Short Film Festival to showcase the creative work of diverse students, faculty and independent media producers.

HOW TO WATCH

The PBS Short Film Festival will be available across FacebookYouTube and the PBS Video App. So whether watching through mobile, on your television or computer, you’ll have plenty of ways to access the films for your digital viewing party.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred method of streaming, take a look at our Short Film Festival categories to help guide your viewing selections. Our True and Original Stories can be further broken down into themes of Culture, Environment, Family, Humanity, and Race.

Do Not Disturb Film
Do Not Disturb Film Clip

2019 Online Film Festival

WSIU is pleased to announce our entry, “Balloon Girl,” realized by Shabnam Rezaei and Big Bad Boo Studios, Balloon Girl is written by Daniel Errico and Directed by Shabnam Rezaei. was selected as one of films featured in the 2019 PBS Online Film Festival.

ABOUT THE FILM

At the park, a little girl proudly carries her red balloon. As she passes a mother trying to soothe her crying baby, the baby stops crying at the sight of the girl’s balloon. The girl loves her balloon, but so does the baby –what should she do? Balloon Girl tells the story of a young girl’s compassion and how it changes a complete stranger’s day, showing that little things make a big difference.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Realized by Shabnam Rezaei and Big Bad Boo Studios, Balloon Girl is written by Daniel Errico and Directed by Shabnam Rezaei.

A former mechanical engineer, Daniel Errico left his career at an investment bank to create freechildrenstories.com. In the years since, he has produced multiple number one best-selling children’s ebooks with B & N and has books in stores nationwide through Sky Pony Press. His works have been made into books, best-selling ebooks, animated films, apps, and even plays. Throughout, his stories have been available online to encourage literacy and free media for kids.

2018 Online Film Festival

2018 Entry: Super Predator: Preludes of the Black fish

Written, produced, and directed by SIU student filmmaker Kelechi Agwuncha

Learn more at pbs.org/filmfestival. Follow #PBSFilmFest on social media for updates.

The film explores the realities people-of-color face while navigating the prejudicial bounds of society. The film has been selected as one of 25 independent short films featured in the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival.

Taz Wilson, a recent graduate from the SIU Department of Theater, portrays the film’s protagonist character and additional support is provided by students from the Department of Cinema & Photography: Martha Osornio, Caitlin Rodgers, Emily Rawden, Adam Dieter, and Timmy Rosenberg.

ABOUT THE FILM

Written, produced, and directed by SIU student filmmaker Kelechi Agwuncha, ‘Super Predator: Preludes of the Black Fish’ is a metaphor of race in America and explores the realities people-of-color face while navigating the prejudicial bounds of society. The film has been selected as one of 25 independent short films featured in the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival.

Taz Wilson, a recent graduate from the SIU Department of Theater, portrays the film’s protagonist character and additional support is provided by students from the Department of Cinema & Photography: Martha Osornio, Caitlin Rodgers, Emily Rawden, Adam Dieter, and Timmy Rosenberg.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Kelechi Agwuncha is a media student in the Department of Cinema & Photography within the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is passionate about telling stories focused on marginalized individuals and her cinematic motivations are fueled by investigations of realism and pseudo-documentary.

Her films have been broadcast on WSIU Public Television and screened in exhibitions including the Black International Cinema Berlin, Chicago International Film Festival CineYouth, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival. In the past, she has also served as president of the Big Muddy Film Festival, a premiere national student-run organization.

Super Predator Filmmaker Kelechi Agwuncha
Super Predator Filmmaker Kelechi Agwuncha
Super Predator Still
Caption: Taz Wilson appears as the film’s protagonist, Black Fish; Credit: Kelechi Agwuncha.

A Word from the Filmmaker

“I couldn’t be more excited! As a filmmaker, writer, producer, and cinematographer, I’m grateful to have this opportunity to share my talent and to showcase the many opportunities available to SIU students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.”