Amy Hesketh is professor of digital filmmaking at Olympic College. Olympic College|courtesy

Must-see film showcase June 21 at SEEFilm

2017 Olympic College Student Film event has something for everyone

BREMERTON — On June 21, don’t miss the 2017 Olympic College Student Film showcase at SEEfilm Cinemas on Sixth Street in Bremerton.

The price is right (it’s free). You get to walk the red carpet. And someday you might be able to say, “I knew that person when he/she was a student at Olympic College Film School.”

While some 15 to 20 student films will be shown, only a half dozen were available for preview.

“Heirloom” is an allegorical tale that explores our need as human beings to find a reason for living, and how that raison d’etre is sometimes handed down from generation to generation.

“Truth follows us,” says the narrator in “Instant,” the tale of a photographer who takes Polaroid pictures of her friend’s descent into drug addiction. A depiction of the story teller as an observer capturing the most naked moments of other peoples’ lives, the script brought to mind Nobel prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s short story, “Johnny Bear.”

“The Habit” is a psychological thriller and features a stand out solo performance by Dawn Perryman. Keep your eye open for “Easter eggs” in this film — for example, the name of the university on the doctor’s diploma.

“Typo” dives into the horror genre with two feet, er, fingers, with a tale of a demonic manual typewriter. The musical score in this film employs all of the time-tested musical devices we have come to expect in our horror thrillers.

“Litterbug” is a parody of superhero movies that falls somewhere between “Dead Pool” and the 1960s TV show, “Batman.” In the Batman universe, young Bruce Wayne decides to become a masked crime fighter after his father is killed by a gunman in an alley. The Litterbug super hero is born when his father is crushed by a mountain of falling litter. There’s lots of gun play and bashing about with bats (but very little blood). The ending was a treat; this is what would really happen to a real-life vigilante in today’s smartphone society. Watch for Dawn Perryman again, this time appearing as the hapless secretary.

In a complete change of character, Perryman appears again in “Hands-on Relations” as a very strong, take-charge character. Any further description of this film would spoil the fun.

Just go see it.

— Terryl Asla is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. Contact him at tasla@soundpublishing.com.

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