Robert Paris from These Colors Do Run
For student film producers, getting accepted to film festivals can be one of the best ways to get work seen—but it can also be rare. So it’s no small feat that Film Studies major Robert Paris has gotten his film These Colors Do Run into six festivals across the country—with more possible on the way.
Beginning with the (In)Justice for All Film Festival in Chicago, Paris’ film also will screen at the Moving Media Student Film Festival in Detroit, the Headline International Film Festival in California, the Miami Independent Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and on ShortOfTheMonth.com.
Inspired by One Book, One Community guests Eugene Jarecki and Bryan Stevenson, These Colors Do Run was created in Professor Jeff Wray’s FLM335: Film Directing class. Wray’s class proved very influential to Paris.
“The film was created as an homage to his teachings and emulated Professor Wray's favorite ‘Apocalypse Now’ scene,” Paris said. “It also was created as a musical in tribute to his teachings.”
Support from the Film Studies program and the College of Arts & Letters was helpful in communicating film festival opportunities that Paris said he might not have known about otherwise.
“Without [that support], this little film and minor success would not have been possible,” he said.
Paris will continue submitting the film to festivals with some financial help from the Mechanic Family Film Studies Endowment Fund, which provides funds for students and faculty to exhibit their work beyond the MSU campus.
More information about Paris's films can be found at the Eye in the Sky Films website.