A dozen graduates of the film and video program at Towson State University are coming back to school tonight to show off their work.
"Generally speaking, we've been working hard without looking back a lot," says Peter Lev, a TSU film professor who has organized the TSU Retrospective Film & Video Festival, being held in the Fine Arts Center of the campus.
"It occurred to us there was a very large amount of work in film and video that our students had done, so why not bring them back?" he says. The festival offers a 2 1/2 -hour screening of alumni productions.
TSU shows the work of students in a campus-oriented annual film festival, but this is the first effort to highlight work by graduates of the film and video program and to seek a general audience, says Dr. Lev.
Proceeds from ticket sales will help fund scholarships for promising students.
Among the producers expected tonight are several award winners and at least three whose work has been screened on television.
David Butler, for example, plans to show a segment of the Fox network series "America's Most Wanted" that he produced recently on a free-lance basis.
Tom Brandau, who won a Regional Student Academy Award for Documentary, will show his "Sonny and Cornblatt," a half-hour drama that aired in 1992 on Maryland Public Television. The film won a Washington International Film Festival award and the Barry Levinson Award for local film work from the city of Baltimore.
Recent winners of Best Maryland Film Awards at the Baltimore International Film Festival on the program include "Home Movie" by Chris Mosner and "4 Films in 5 Minutes" by Skizz Cyzyk.
Also on the program are: Kerry Craven, a local producer and assistant production coordinator for NBC's "Homicide" series; Phil Davis, 1993-94 winner of a $5,000 film scholarship from Eastman Kodak; Russ Farmarco; Erich Spencer; Kristina Kilpe; Adam Greener; Linda Patterson; Tim Ratajczak and Christopher New.
Film & Video Festival
What: "Towson State University Retrospective Film & Video Festival"
When: 8 o'clock tonight (7 o'clock reception)
L Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall, Osler and Cross Campus drives
Cost: $8 general public; $5 TSU students, faculty and staff
Information: 830-ARTS (2787)