In February, two Tech teams won big at the 2012 Campus Movie Festival, an annual event for student auteurs.
Connie Chen, a fourth-year computational media major, worked on the crew of Elevator Experiences (which earned a Best Actress award for science, technology and culture major Louella Lugo), which she squeezed in while writing, directing and doing cinematography for her own entry, The Therapist, which took home the festival’s top honors.
The prize? A screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this summer. Chen’s short, about a psychologist visited by an unexpected patient, was filmed, like all Campus Movie Fest entries, over the course of one week in January.
This spring, Chen was applying to film school, eyeing jobs at advertising agencies and considering taking a plunge into Atlanta’s independent film community. “I’ve realized what I’m really passionate about and what I really enjoy,” she says. “… It’s not about winning any kind of competition for me. It’s expressing my artistic vision. I think I’m very lucky to be able to find out what I want to do.”