P O W E L L, W y o. - The red carpet rolls out Friday,
May 4, for the world premiere of six short movies by Northwest College students.
The movies start at 7 p.m. in Room 70 of the Fagerberg Building, but the cast and crew will start arriving by limousine shortly after 6:30 p.m. The usual assortment of paparazzi and autograph seekers are also expected.
Rather than the traditional single movie, this year's premiere features six short films running approximately five to 15 minutes each in length.
Students in the NWC movie production class wrote their own scripts, mainly starting with the premise of what ancient Greek or Roman myths might look like in a contemporary setting, according to instructor Dennis Davis.
Writer-director Anthony McConnell of Cody chose an Egyptian myth for "Setesh: god of chaos," which stars Wes Hogg, Brendan MacNeil, Michelle Ramirez and Kimball Bennion.
Writer-director Michelle Ramirez of Cheyenne created "The Animal Inside Us," starring Josh Sorenson, Lucas Sorenson, Becca Torbert and T.C. Baughman.
Wade McMillin of Cody wrote and directed "Insomniac," featuring tones from the Oedipus myth. The cast includes Jordan Wheeler, Jacob Scott, Jenny Wheeler and McMillin.
Grant Langdon of Powell used "Pandora's Box" as a starting point for his movie, "Pamela's Chips." The cast features Christi Marsico, Ramirez, McMillin, Trent Bateman, Cody Werbelow, Renee Humphries and Eileen Shafer.
Cody Werbelow of El Dorado Hills, Calif., cast the story of Sisyphus, condemned to roll a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down, as a modern televised sports event. Cast members include McMillan as Sisyphus, Langdon, Chase Werbelow, Bateman, Werbelow, Ramirez and McConnell.
The Sisyphus myth formed the foundation of "Dish Dreams," written and directed by Christi Marsico of Powell. Her cast includes Langdon and McConnell.
"The films range from serious to comedic and challenged the writer-directors to tell a story succinctly," Davis said. He said some of films include mature themes and language and are not suggested for younger viewers.
The movies and popcorn are free.