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Alum and Faculty Screened Work at the 2021 Buffalo International Film Festival

Two members of the Villa Maria College Community had work accepted into this year’s Buffalo International Film Festival. Graduate Nick Green ‘21 and adjunct professor J. Garrett Vorreuter screened films at the 2021 Festival, which took place over the long weekend.  

Green, a 2021 graduate of Villa Maria’s digital filmmaking program, submitted his 11-minute film “City Eyes” into the BIFF Shorts – WNY Stories category. It was screened in the North Park Theatre on October 10. Following the screening, Green participated in a question-and-answer session about his film, which tells the tale of delivery driver Jason, who returns home to his wife Shannon after witnessing a murder, rather than deal with the consequences. 

Green created “City Eyes” in fulfillment of his Final Film Project/Resume Reel class. Final Film Project/Resume Reel is a rigorous and advanced course that was designed to give students the opportunity to create a finished film that is ready to be entered into an industry competition. Green was responsible for creating all aspects of “City Eyes,” which was screened and reviewed by other students and industry professionals before it could be considered completed.  

More information about Nick’s film and the Buffalo International Film Festival can be found here: 

Also featured in the Buffalo International Film Festival was “Action Potential,” the work of adjunct professor, J. Garrett Vorreuter.  

Vorreuter shot the three-minute film in 16MM. His unique style merges the oneiric qualities of Maya Deren with the humor of Charlie Chaplin in a ballet Mecanique. “Action Potential” was submitted into the festival in the BIFF Shorts – Experimental category. The world premiere of “Action Potential” was screened in the Birchfield Penney Art Center on October 10.  

Vorreuter currently teaches the Lighting for Film class at Villa Maria College. In it, he covers all of the tools and techniques necessary to create proper lighting while shooting on location, as well as how to set-up and light for a variety of situations and moods. Outside of Villa Maria, Vorreuter works as an independent filmmaker, writer, director, cinematographer, and producer. He has years of experience working in the filmmaking industry both locally and in Los Angeles.  

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