CNM Theatre Students Recognized for Film They Created in 48 Hours

November 11, 2015 -- Several CNM theatre students were recognized for their work on a film they created in just two days as part of the Albuquerque 48-Hour Film Science Fiction Project.
November 11, 2015

Their production company, called City College, received several honors at the 48-Hour Film Science Fiction Festival in October for their film,  “A Chairs of the Heart." Student Tommy Joy was recognized as best actor and student Co Akala won the best writing award. The film also received the Audience Choice award for the audience’s pick for best film.

“We are so proud of these students,” said Susan Erickson, Theatre instructor. “They competed against some of the best filmmakers in the area.”

The 48-Hour Film Project is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice. Rules state that all team members, including crew and cast, must be volunteers. Many teams consist of film and video professionals.

The Albuquerque filmmaking teams had one weekend last month to make a short film between four to seven minutes long. All creativity – writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack -- must occur in a 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 8 p.m. and ending Sunday at 7 p.m.

The 2015 Albuquerque competition’s overall winning film, “Arid” by Stargazers, will go on to represent Albuquerque against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2016.

“A Chairs of the Heart"  is about a young man who has the ability to morph into any chair. One day he meets a girl and falls in love. In order to be with the girl, he tells her about his secret. Click here to see the film.

In addition to Akala and Joy, the other theatre students working on the film were: Steven Blacksmith, director; Ivan Villars, directing team; Melyssa Zurasky-Toennies, actor; Michael Black, actor; and Adrian Rivas, cinematographer.