Film by Western grads premieres at Pickford
Two Western grads, one film, zero budget.
“Bailey” a film by two recent Western graduates, Penelope Kipps and Tristan Olson, premiered at the Pickford Film Center on Monday, Nov. 20th.
The two-hour independent film was the product of Olson’s senior project. This film has taken over a year of planning and shooting.
This film is about a college student named Bailey who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. It chronicles her life both before and after her diagnosis and how she comes to terms with this tragic news.
Junior Katrina James plays the part of Sarah June, Bailey’s best friend, one of the main characters in the movie.
“Film and acting have always been a passion of mine,” James said. “It was a really awesome opportunity to not only be in this film, but to play such an integral role was very humbling for me.”
In the nearly sold out theater, the 120 people in attendance mostly consisted of cast, crew, friends and family of the filmmakers.
Senior Celia Major participated as an extra in the film.
“I thought the film was amazing,” Major said. “I see a lot of film and it could definitely be one of those independent films you see at those major film festivals. It was cool to see my friend’s work come to life.”
Theatre-goers seemed to enjoy the film and were pleased with the final product, despite the hurdles these filmmakers faced.
“The fact that the film was not even low budget, but no budget, was amazing,” Major said.
Even with no budget, the cast worked hard through months of long nights.
“Shoots take a very long time, you have to reshoot a lot of things,” James said. “A lot of work went into this film.”
Senior Jacques Gazabat is roommates with the director Tristan Olson.
“I could totally tell it was his film,” Gazabat said. “It was a really good expression of the heart and very easy to resonate with.”