Alumni headline Future of Cinema Film Festival

  • Chad Engel gives a demonstration on special effects makeup.

  • The banner for the 2017 Future of Cinema Film Festival.

  • Chad Engel continues his demonstration.

October 17, 2017

On Oct. 13-15, the Motion Picture Arts division hosted their annual Future of Cinema Film Festival.

Guest for this year included Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould, Score director Matthew Schrader and Oscar-winning composers Mychael and Jeff Danna. In addition, several Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp alumni who are now working in the film industry returned to campus to speak with students, including Dylanger Mychael Bates, Sara Nimeh, Chad Engel and Matthew McGaughey.

Each evening, the students enjoyed film screenings followed by Q&A sessions with those that worked on the production. Saturday evening’s session was particularly special: Bates, Nimeh and Engel screened an episode of the web series [Blank] My Life upon which they had collaborated, then offered perspectives on getting into the film industry after graduating from Interlochen. The three alumni also conducted master classes and demonstrations with the students during arts block, including a lifecasting class with Engel (pictured above).

McGaughey also returned during Saturday evening’s session. Over the weekend, McGaughey worked with music composition students to write and record one-minute tracks for a short film made by senior Luke Broyles. McGaughey and Broyles revealed two of the compositions at the end of Saturday night’s program, which had been performed and recorded by Interlochen Arts Academy students at Interlochen Public Radio.