First up is a workshop and Q&A hosted by our lovely 2017 jurors, Alrick Brown and Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat, from 3-5 p.m in the Mass Communications Soundstage (Room 1116)
Tomás is a Dominican animator and storyteller. He is also a talented illustrator that is able to creatively manipulate multiple mediums in order to portray the client’s vision to target audiences.
Tomás is a graduate of the Parsons New School of Design and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Altos de Chavón School of Design. He has exhibited his work at acclaimed shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Milan, Lisbon and the Dominican Republic and is the humble recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work.
Alrick is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television. An award-winning writer and director, Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Education is Alrick’s first calling, but he found his medium, film, after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa informed his creative expression. An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. An activist and highly sought public speaker, Alrick’s commitment to social, political and economic justice, and revealing the heart of the world through the craft of storytelling is what draws audiences and peers to his work. Alrick’s cinematic reach includes credits on the small screen as a director, producer and writer on a variety of projects – ABC’s Final Witness, ESPN’s short doc series Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joint, and Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series A Crime Two Remember.
In addition to that, the official opening of the festival will be held at the SIUC Student Center from 6pm-8pm. There we will be showing the short horror film, Ten More, and feature-length drama, Death on a Rock. Before the film screening begins, be sure to grab some complimentary cookies for your enjoyment donated by wonderful, Insomnia Cookies.