2018 Film & Digital Media Symposium & Exhibition
Welcome to the 2018 Film and Digital Media Symposium and Gallery Exhibition, held in conjunction and partnership with the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF), on the Beaufort USCB campus. Free and open to the public, join us for art,
media, and scholarly talks by USCB faculty and BIFF filmmakers!
Exhibition Gallery Reception
When: Friday February 23rd, 5:00pm-7:00pm (FREE)
Where: Gallery reception showing artwork and digital media research by USCB faculty
and students at Sea Island Center Gallery (1106 Carteret St Beaufort, SC 29902) on
the Beaufort campus at the corner of Carteret and Boundary.
When: Saturday February 24th, 11:00am-3:00pm, (FREE)
Where: Live talks at USCB Beaufort Center for the Arts (801 Carteret St Beaufort,
SC 29902) in Classroom 101, and interactive simulcast to Library 243, USCB Bluffton
campus. Limited seating, so arrive early.
- 11AM | Lightning Round Talks | Ten-minute presentations by USCB faculty and film & media professionals in the
Lowcountry (please arrive at 10:55am, see details below)
- Noon | Break for lunch with speakers (food and drinks provided to attendees of the Lightning Round talks, while supplies
- 1PM | Keynote Speaker | "A visit with Mark Kirkland, Filmmaker & Director for the Simpsons".
- 2PM | BIFF Director's Panel | Q & A with three award-winning directors.
- Mark Kirkland is a fine artist and a three-time Emmy award-winning director (The Simpsons),
an award-winning filmmaker, and writer/director. He studied drawing, animation, filmmaking,
and received a BFA degree from The California Institute of The Arts (CalArts). Kirkland
is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and a former
Governor for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He began working on The Simpsons
from season two onwards and has directed 82 episodes, more than any other director.
Kirkland has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and a
Pioneer in Television Animation Award from the Burbank International Film Festival
for his work on The Simpsons. As an independent filmmaker, Kirkland has written, directed
and produced award-winning short films which have been shown at film festivals around
the world and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During a 5 year period,
he participated in 25 festivals screening of his films: "A Letter from Home," "The
Moving Picture Co. 1914," "The Audition," and "Bud's Odyssey”, screening on Friday
at BIFF 2018.
Lightning Round Talks
- Chris Robinson | NanoArt and the MoonArk
- Candace Brasseur | Animation for Instructional Purposes that's FUN!
- Topher Maraffi | Gullah Roots of Swing Dance Documentary
- VW Scheich and Uyen Le | Documentary Do's and Don'ts
- Holly Bounds-Jackson | What’s Old is New
- Chris Robinson is a visual artist, professor of art, and chair of the University of
South Carolina Beaufort Department of Fine Arts, as well as a past professor and member
of the nanoCenter at the University of South Carolina Columbia. His interests and
artwork focus on the development, role, and mediation of complex science and technology
in contemporary culture and how it assists in and influences decision-making. Throughout
his career, his work has involved initiatives such as the early use of computers in
the arts to public scale laser and ambient light installations, aviation and space
development, scientific exploration, 3D computing and complex drawings of digital
spaces, and the rapid emergence of nanoscience/technology. Robinson has been a senior
and co-principal investigator on United States National Science Foundation multidisciplinary
teams investigating the broader impacts, societal implications, and role of images
the development of nanotechnology, and spent the Spring 2009 as a visiting professor
at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy working with the Italian National Enterprise
for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST). Recently he has been a consultant with
Synzyme Technologies in the visualization and development of artificial blood and
as a fellow of the Carnegie Mellon University Studio for Creative Enquiry in the design,
preparation, and upcoming flight of a very small museum to be placed on the surface
of the moon. Robinson crosses the two cultures and exhibits, writes, and presents
at national and international venues and conferences in the arts and the sciences
throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
- An award-winning screenwriter, Candace Brasseur has an M.F.A in Film from Columbia
University in NYC and a B.A in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. While
in college she worked at Jim Henson Productions, and later served as Assistant Cultural
Affairs Officer for the US Department of State in Argentina managing an English language
scholarship program for disadvantaged youth. She has served as both Public Information
Officer and Marketing & Communications Director at the University of South Carolina
Beaufort. Presently, Candace is the Communications Director at Holy Trinity Classical
Christian School in Beaufort, SC. She is currently exploring storytelling in videogames
as the project manager of a retro game about Lowcountry legends, Bugs N’ Boo Hags developed by USCB Computational Science Associate Professor, Brian Canada. The game
was showcased at PAX South 2016. She is presently researching gamification in the
classroom and is working towards her doctorate at USC in Curriculum & Instruction
with a concentration in Educational Technology.
- Topher Maraffi has an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media and MSc in Computer Science
from the University of California Santa Cruz, as well as a BCA in painting from University
of North Carolina Charlotte. At USCB, professor Maraffi teaches classes in digital
animation, video game design, and graphic design, as well as new classes in broadcast
design at SCETV Beaufort. At BIFF he has been a judge of the animation category for
the last three years, and is on the Beaufort Film Society advisory board. Also a dance
instructor, this year he received a Sea Island Institute grant to start pre-production
on a documentary of the South Carolina history of swing dancing. Working as a broadcast
designer and animator in New York City throughout the 1990s, he designed shows and
motion graphics for NBC, as well as titles and special FX for independent films, such
as The First Wives Club and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. He is the author of three popular technical animation books that were on Disney’s
recommended reading list, and for seven years was the Course Director of technical
animation courses at Full Sail University in Orlando. He has given presentations at
SIGGRAPH, EVA London, Arts in Society UCLA, Animex UK, and Red Stick LSU animation
VW Scheich & Uyen Le
- Director VW Scheich and Uyen Le are the writers/producers behind RareForm Pictures,
an independent production company formed in Los Angeles in 2008. While living in
Beaufort, SC in 2015-2017, VW and Uyen spearheaded production for the comedy film
"Basement Bob," written by the talented Gary Weeks. "Basement Bob" is currently in
active development. Their first short film "Wallenda" won the Best Short Film Award
at the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2013. The following years VW
and Uyen returned to BIFF, winning the Best Screenplay Award for "Pawn" in 2014 and
the Audience Choice Award for "Interwoven" in 2016.
- Combined they have worked on over a hundred Hollywood productions in virtually every
department, including pre-visualization, development, legal, physical production,
post-production and visual effects. Some of their credits include "Spider-Man 3,"
"House of Cards," and "World's Greatest Dad." They are currently in production on
a documentary feature film entitled "Carpe Vegan," shooting in Atlanta. Join them
as they share their Top Ten Do's & Don'ts that they have experienced while making
a feature documentary film on an independent budget.
- Holly Bounds Jackson is the new Director of Operations at ETV Lowcountry, one of SCETV’s
four regional stations. A former local TV news reporter and anchor, Holly now uses
that experience with the USCB broadcast students who conduct classes at the studio
twice a week. She also brings new ideas on ways to use the facility more and create
content for SCETV. Holly is a native of Bishopville, SC and a graduate of USC Columbia.
She and her husband have three daughters and two dogs. They reside in Bluffton.