23rd Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival Brings Stars and Students Together

This year, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and its official media partner, Entertainment Weekly, have teamed up to create the first virtual film festival at any university in the U.S.

The 2020 honorees are Billy Crystal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Millie Bobby Brown, Ethan Hawke, Delroy Lindo, Rachel Brosnahan, Glen Keane, Jennifer Hudson, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. All honorees engage with SCAD students via virtual masterclasses and creative talks, in addition to a series of signature and gala screenings and industry panels. The virtual festival took place during the week of Oct. 24-31.

As media partner, Entertainment Weekly curated, moderated, and hosted panels all week long, including Entertainment Weekly’s Breaking Big Panel and Awards and Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass Panel.

Billy Crystal, legendary comedian and actor and winner of the Tony Award and Emmy Award, was honored for a lifetime of unforgettable comedy, including classics like Analyze This, When Harry Met Sally, and City Slickers. Crystal is a nine-time Oscar host, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, and is currently working on a musical adaptation for Broadway of Mr. Saturday Night, his enduring 1992 comedy about the life of a comic.

Samuel L. Jackson, the iconic star of films like Revenge of the Sith, Snakes on a Plain, Pulp Fiction, Black Snake Moan, and more than 100 other films, was honored by SCAD and held forth in a masterclass on acting and performance with SCAD performing arts students.

The four-time Oscar-nominated Ethan Hawke, star of Hamlet, Training Day, Boyhood, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, currently stars in Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird.

Jennifer Hudson, winner of a Grammy and an Academy Award for role as Effie in Dreamgirls, stars in the forthcoming biopic Respect, where she portrays music legend Aretha Franklin.

Tessa Thompson, one of the memorable stars of Westworld, stars in Sylvie’s Love, a film she produced alongside Nnamdi Asomugha, her co-star.

Clare Dunne, Ciara Bravo, Elle Lorraine, Joshua Caleb Johnson, Talia Ryder, and Jo Ellen Pellman are each recipients of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival’s Breaking Big Awards. All six actors convened on Saturday, Oct. 31, on the final day of the festival, for a panel on getting started in the industry.

Festival honoree and Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who took home the award for his role in HBO’s Watchmen, in which he played Doctor Manhattan, can be seen in upcoming films like Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan, who has won critical acclaim for her turn as Midge Maisel in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, currently stars in Amazon Studio’s I’m Your Woman.

Sharing the Spotlight Award with Brosnahan is Delroy Lindo, the frequent Spike Lee collaborator and star of Crooklyn, Malcolm X, and Da 5 Bloods.

SCAD students were especially excited to hear from Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who stars as Enola Holmes in the titular film, which she also produced.

“The film industry is in the midst of a global resurgence, and SCAD leads that  historic transformation,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “Audiences want and need new stories, and that’s precisely what you’ll see at the 2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Production across the state is up and running, and so is our historic, beloved SCAD Savannah Film Festival—where the world’s best students engage the industry’s top talent and everyone enjoys the stories our world needs more than ever.”

“Look at this list of screenings and premieres!” Wallace said. “These are the movies and shows the world’s been waiting for, like Good Lord Bird, MLK/FBI, and I’m Your Woman. The voices and characters on display at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival will change the world. SCAD screens the stories that matter to our students and to viewers around the globe. And this year, everybody’s got the best seat in the house!”

2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival: Signature Screenings

The Signature Series features special screenings and premieres, including intimate and interactive virtual talks with directors, writers, actors, and producers. Select signature screenings included:

  • Be Water
  • Black Bear
  • Farewell Amor
  • Herself
  • Stardust

2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival: Gala Screenings

This year’s big award contenders and studio films being screened at the festival, followed by interactive Q&As with filmmakers, included:

  • The Father
  • Francesco
  • I Carry You With Me
  • I’m Your Woman
  • Minari
  • Nine Days
  • One Night in Miami
  • Sound of Metal
  • Sylvie’s Love
  • Uncle Frank

2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival: Docs to Watch:

Selected documentary films, followed by a roundtable with all documentary directors (hosted by The Hollywood Reporter), included:

  • Boys State
  • Crip Camp
  • Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • The Dissident
  • The Human Factor
  • Time
  • The Truffle Hunters
  • The Way I See It
  • Welcome to Chechnya

The Value of a SCAD Fashion Degree

How Tuition Fuels Talent and Technology

As we enter the decade of the 2020s, prospective college students and their families want to understand the value proposition offered by a university degree. How does tuition (and related costs of an undergraduate degree) translate to a rewarding profession, especially in a competitive creative industry like fashion? We recently sat down with SCAD educators to discuss the content and purpose of the SCAD School of Fashion and how that benefits aspiring designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and other fashion professions.

Q: Why should students and their families choose SCAD for fashion?

SCAD: Smaller programs offer fewer options. For example, SCAD is home to the largest digital Jacquard loom at any studio program in the world. The loom is housed in Pepe Hall at SCAD Savannah, home of the fibers department.It is a tremendously expensive piece of equipment that allows students hands-on experience in the advanced techniques of surface design, creating textiles for furniture, seat coverings, window treatments, and clothes. A smaller program simply wouldn’t be able to provide this resource.

Q: What degree programs are available in the fashion school?

Student tuition at SCAD funds the most comprehensive School of Fashion in the U.S., with more students, more professors, and more fashion-related degree programs than other universities, including undergraduate and graduate programs in:

As with the fibers example, tuition and funding generated by a larger enrollment in the SCAD School of Fashion afford greater opportunities and academic learning resources for students who benefit from the first business of beauty and fragrance degree program in the U.S., the first M.F.A. in accessory design in the world, and the largest fibers and jewelry programs in the U.S.

Q: Do large programs mean large classes?

SCAD: Absolutely not! The average class size at SCAD is only 16 students, and we offer no classes with more than 30 students — in any department. Each class meets twice a week for 2.5 hours every day and 10 weeks in all: 50 hours of intense, focused, sustained instruction. At most large universities, graduate students, who don’t yet have their graduate degrees, teach first- and second-year students, but at SCAD, students benefit from full professors in every class, each holding an academic credential and significant industry experience. With small classes and expert faculty, students receive individualized attention.

Q: In some universities, students don’t get into actual fashion design classes until their junior or senior year. How soon do SCAD students get into these classes?

SCAD: SCAD students can be in their introductory fashion courses as early as their first year. All SCAD students start with SCAD Core, a general education curriculum that includes 2-D and 3-D design, color theory, art history, writing, and more.

Q: Earlier you mentioned the digital Jacquard loom. What other technology is funded by tuition dollars?

SCAD: SCAD digital learning resources gives students the opportunity to pursue CFDA+, Adobe and Rhino certifications — only available at elite universities. In the fibers department, students utilize Jukie Sewing machines, CompuDobby looms, Gerber plotters, Mutoh ValueJet 1938TX printers, Roland UV flatbed printers, Wacom drawing tablets, and more. Many students in the SCAD School of Fashion take advantage of tech at the Gulfstream Center for Design, with a five-axis computer numeric control router, rapid prototype machines, 3-D printers, and laser cutters.

Q: How do SCAD jewelry students utilize technology?

A: The jewelry students study in a 13×800-square-foot studio that enables students to fabricate, cast, finish, enamel, laser weld, anodize, electroplate, electroform, smith silver, and set stones. Tools include: a ROD Induction Heating Solution for casting, LaserStar Compact and LaserStar workstations for laser welding, a Stratasys Dimension SST 1200 printer for ABS plastic, a microscope system, two Roland JWX-10 milling machines, four advanced SensAble pens for digital sculpting, and two Solidscape T66 wax printers, as well as 3-D printers and large-format photo printers.

Q: Let’s talk about accessory design.

SCAD: Every degree program models and parallels what’s happening in the professions right now, which is why SCAD students who want to make handbags, shoes, belts, and other accessories are using the newest tech. Students learn computer-aided design but don’t stop with sketches. They learn to turn technical drawings into physical prototypes. Through faculty relationships, students have also partnered with production facilities in Europe and Asia to build prototypes. In accessory design, students have secured internships and jobs at Alexander Wang, Coach, Derek Lam, Kate Spade, Proenza Schouler, Reebok, The Row, Vince Camuto and more.

Q: Fashion marketing and management pairs design thinking with entrepreneurial thinking, yes?

SCAD: That’s right. These students cultivate a design sensibility while learning the language of business. They learn to do it all, from supply chain management and trend forecasting to consumer research and product promotion.

Q: The degree in business of beauty and fragrance is the newest addition to the SCAD School of Fashion.

SCAD: This program emerged out of conversations between SCAD and industry partners at the highest levels of the fragrance market. CEOs and leaders said, “We need talent. Can you help?” This program is our answer, where we instill students with knowledge of cosmetics, fragrance, aesthetics, and adornment — and to learn how to marry the sensibility of a designer or brand with the perfect olfactory experience.

Learn more about SCAD here: https://www.scad.edu/academics/programs