JAVA Premieres at RIFF

Poster art by Cameron Evans

JAVA, the first short film produced in the Mason Film Lab, will make its film festival debut in competition at the Richmond International Film Festival on Saturday, March 4, 2017 12 p.m. at Bow Tie Movieland 2, headlining the International Shorts Spotlight 2 program. The Mason Film Lab began in the Spring of 2016 to provide Film and Video Studies (FAVS) students real crew experience and practical skills on large sets similar to what they will experience beyond their college education. Mason Film Lab productions are complete short films intended for international film festival exhibition and give FAVS students experience in working on development, pre-production, and production.

JAVA co-stars Drae Campbell (“You Move Me”) as Jet, a handsome artist who realizes the dark consequences of her daily routine of obsessively sketching Diana, played by George Mason School of Theater alum Rebecca Wahls (“Admins”). JAVA was written and directed by Giovanna Chesler and produced and crewed by 60 Film and Video Studies majors.

Film and Video Studies alumni will also be represented at the Richmond International Film Festival on March 2 in the University Spotlight program. “Earley,” a short documentary about artist Kevin Earley’s struggle with mental illness directed by Alisa Posey, and “Southern Hustle,” a dark period fiction directed by Brandon Langford, will screen on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221).