Home­grown short films hit the screen

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Unitec will have a strong pres­ence at the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val this week.

Se­nior lec­turer in de­sign Miriam Har­ris, and for­mer stu­dents Niki Hi­ini and Jill Kennedy are all show­ing short films at the fes­ti­val to­day and to­mor­row.

The three films form part of the Home­grown col­lec­tion, made up of 10 short clips.

Ms Har­ris’ short film Soar­ing Roar­ing Div­ing was named the best ex­per­i­men­tal film at the Brook­lyn In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and will be shown at the New Zealand fes­ti­val.

The ti­tle of the film comes from a let­ter writ­ten by Vir­ginia Wolf, Ms Har­ris ex­plains.

“She was talk­ing about how the brain is busy soar­ing roar­ing and div­ing, to de­scribe the range of hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence and life’s joys and up­heavals,” she says.

Soar­ing Roar­ing Div­ing was com­pleted at the end of 2008.

Ms Hi­ini’s film is ti­tled Grace and was her pro­ject while she was study­ing dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion, taught by Ms Har­ris.

race was named best short film by an Auck­land stu­dent in a com­pe­ti­tion run by the Auck­land City Coun­cil, and won Ms Hi­ini an in­tern­ship with top Auck­land an­i­ma­tion house Flux.

Also show­ing as part of Home­grown is Bet­ter Military Mod­el­ling by Ms Kennedy, who stud­ied paint­ing and an­i­ma­tion at Unitec.

The Home­grown film col­lec­tion will screen at 6pm tonight and 11.15am to­mor­row at SkyCity Cine­mas on Queen St.

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