Rewind: The 2015 Savannah Film Festival


The 2015 Savannah Film Festival might be over, but it’s hard to forget its final days — the talented stars, engaging screenings, packed theaters, incredible awards and constant applause.

Meg Ryan received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and made her directorial debut with the screening of ‘Ithaca.’ After the showing, the entire attending cast took the stage to answer questions from the audience. The panel ended with a standing ovation from the room.

This year, the star-studded Gala Screenings weren’t the only must-see films. More than 20 documentaries screened and included panel discussions with the brainpower behind the films. Some of the top stories shown included producer Kristin Davis’s and composer Jack Douglas’s “Gardeners of Eden”; SCAD’s very own “Ovation for Oscar”; and, on the last day, the awe-inspiring "He Named Me Malala" screened, spreading chills and hope throughout the audience.

Different chills occurred Friday night with this year’s continuation of the After Dark Series. The line of people eager to enjoy the thrilling stories trailed outside and wrapped around the block. The series showcased the heart-racing “Room,” “Bram Stroker’s Dracula” (which SCAD sound design professor David Stone worked on), and the darkly twisted “Goodnight Mommy.”

Elizabeth Olsen walked the red carpet on closing night before the highly anticipated screening of ‘I Saw the Light.’ After the applause died down, Olsen and writer, director, producer Marc Abraham discussed their work with the audience.

The festival continued its legacy of celebrating the spirit of the film industry, sharing beautiful stories worth telling. Although this year’s event has come and gone, we all look forward to what the next holds. 

2015 Savannah Film Festival Kicks Off With Stars and Screenings


The 18th annual Savannah Film Festival hosted by SCAD is underway, celebrating creativity in film with exclusive screenings and discussions with industry professionals. The red carpet and opening night reception welcomed actress Olivia Wilde and director Reed Morano ("Meadowland"), Vasant and Champa Patel ("Meet the Patels"), director Hank Bedford ("Dixieland") and many others.

After a screening of the striking and emotional film "Suffragette," director Sarah Gavron and producer Alison Owen participated in a Q&A session with the audience as part of the Savannah Film Festival Conversation Series. Prior to a screening of her film "Meadowland," Wilde received the Spotlight Award at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

On the second night of the festival, actress Saoirse Ronan was welcomed to the red carpet prior to a screening of her new film "Brooklyn." After the show, The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg moderated "An Evening with Saoirse Ronan" and a Q&A session with the audience.

The opening weekend events are just a prelude to the exciting experience the rest of Film Fest has to offer. The schedule for upcoming events can be found on the Film Festival website.

18 Things About the Savannah Film Festival


The 18th annual Savannah Film Festival is finally here! From Oct. 24-31, industry professionals from all fields of the film, television and digital media businesses will participate in panel and Q&A discussions alongside film screenings. Here are 18 fun facts about the festival.

  1. The first Savannah Film Festival launched in 1998.
  2. The festival is hosted by SCAD every year.
  3. More than 1,000 films have screened at the festival since it began.
  4. All films screen out of two historic theaters: The Trustees Theater and Lucas Theatre for the Arts. In addition, some features screen at the SCAD Museum of Art.
  5. The Trustees Theater originally opened in 1946. The theater operates year-round as a large venue for the performing arts department, in addition to hosting lectures, live performances, concerts and films.
  6. The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. Lucas owned more than 20 theaters across the South, but the Lucas Theatre in Savannah is the only to bear his name.
  7. The festival has honored more than 70 award-winning film industry professionals, including Ellen Barkin, Aaron Eckhart, Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Woody Harrelson and Emmy Rossum.
  8. More than 50 films screened during the festival have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.
  9. Last year, The "Docs to Watch" series launched, focusing on must-see documentaries. The series continues this year with nine titles.
  10. The festival has welcomed over 500,000 patrons and guests to SCAD and Savannah.
  11. More than 50,000 attended last year's festival.
  12. There are 118 films screening this year.
  13. As part of the annual competition screening event, 85 films will compete to win more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.
  14. There are more films produced and directed by women than men being shown at this year's festival.
  15. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Meg Ryan, makes her directing debut with the film "Ithaca."
  16. Olivia Wilde, this year's Spotlight Award recipient, will make her next on-screen appearance in the drama "Meadowland," scheduled for release this month.
  17. Alfie Allen is this year's Rising Star Award recipient. Last year's recipients were Asa Butterfield and Analeigh Tipton.
  18. Volunteer students staff the festival, providing excellent opportunities for networking within the film industry.

SCAD FASH: first impressions of the new fashion and film museum


During the opening day thousands climbed the grand staircase and opened the glass doors to the copper-walled reception area of SCAD FASH, the first and only southern fashion and film museum. With an interior design infusing modern and antique elements and furnishings, the vestibule space had an intimate and soothing atmosphere.

Excited conversation buzzed throughout, turning to awe as the first piece of the ‘Oscar de la Renta’ exhibition — the pink beaded gown Taylor Swift wore at the 2014 Met Gala — came into sight.

A heavenly glow of pink and gold then floated around the room, coming from multimedia projections on the walls created by SCAD alumna Whitney Stansell (M.F.A., painting, 2008) and her husband, Micah Stansell. Images of hydrangeas danced along the walls, paying homage to de la Renta’s source of inspiration while infusing the space with a sense of motion and energy.

But the atmosphere extends beyond motion and lighting; the walls curve in a winding path to carry each visitor from one display to the next around the bend. In the golden-lit hall, mirrors line the left, and on the right are five shimmering, ethereal garments. These include Anna Wintour’s gold lamé evening dress, Huma Abedin’s wedding gown and former first lady Laura Bush’s silk chiffon jacket and skirt. The arrangement gives the illusion of an endless universe full of de la Renta’s designs.

At the end of the hall, many visitors turned into the Film Salon to watch a showing of the SCAD alumni directed and produced film ‘Ovation for Oscar’ and look for keepsakes to purchase and commemorate their first journey to the museum. Instead of key chains or exhibition posters, limited edition prints handcrafted by SCAD alumna Lucha Roderiguez (M.F.A., printmaking, 2011), and inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s designs are available for purchase.

Entering back into the gallery space, a full, flowery red dress catches the eye atop a small platform. The gown gathered many onlookers, many taking photos or selfies. It’s not hard to understand why; it was worn by fashion and music icon Beyoncé in Vogue’s March 2013 issue.

In the final room of the exhibit, visitors circle around a platform displaying Oscar de la Renta’s most notable flamenco styles. This takes guests by Oprah Winfrey’s silk embroidered evening dress worn at the 2010 Met Gala and a gorgeous tulle gown created for SCAD by de la Renta himself to display in the ‘Little Black Dress’ exhibit. Each guest enjoyed a moment with the wedding dresses of the designer’s stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and his dear friend Miranda Brooks, and also the extraordinarily dramatic gown worn by Kristen Dunst in the film ‘Marie Antoinette.’

At the end of the exhibit, many went back for a second walkthrough, sat in the fabric-lined seats carved into the walls of the reception area, or stepped out onto the balcony and took in the wonderful city view. Upon exiting the exhibition space, one of the first fall 2015 cocktail dresses by Peter Copping, the creative director handpicked by Oscar de la Renta to succeed him, wishes all a glamorous farewell and invites visitors to return.

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SCADpad micro-house is a solution for TODAY


Savannah College of Art and Design's futuristic micro-house experiment, SCADpad®, is on the minds of media giants lately. TIME Magazine covered SCADpad in its "Smart Home" feature and NBC flew TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Wolfe to Atlanta for her own personal tour. In case the summer finds you behind on either, catch up by reading and watching now.


Landmark moment for SCAD graduates in Hong Kong


It was a milestone for Savannah College of Art and Design's 35-year history when its first graduating class from Hong Kong walked across the commencement stage.

More than 60 graduates gathered at the W Hong Kong Hotel, which overlooks the West Kowloon waterfront, to celebrate the beginning of a long journey of achievements ahead. Nearly 300 families, professors and supporters of SCAD attended the ceremony in Hong Kong's new art and cultural quarter.

Valedictorian Katrina Teh (B.F.A., illustration, 2014) left her hometown of Manila to study at SCAD in 2011. This is the second diploma that she's earned. Before SCAD, Katrina graduated with honors from the most prestigious university in Manila. Still, she felt there was more she could do to make her passion dovetail with her career. She came to SCAD with a very clear goal of realising her dream of drawing for a living.

“I consciously chose SCAD because I wanted to be technically better as an artist. I came here finding that I was growing up – learning how to be a better person. SCAD opened my life to a world of creative people and great opportunity for growth. ”

In her speech, Katrina also said that at SCAD she found “comrades in art,” like minded students with the same passion for creating things who would go through critiques together, sleepless from tirelessly perfecting key frames, value contrasts, kerning or line quality.

While at SCAD, Katrina exhibited her work widely, received coverage in the Philippine Star and The Hong Kong Economic Journal, and led a team from SCAD to win the 2012 Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong competition. Following her ImagiNations win, she was awarded a trip to Disney headquarters in Glendale, California and an internship at Hong Kong Disneyland. Recently, she accepted a position as a concept designer at Hong Kong Disneyland and will continue to work as an illustrator and painter, as well. Her advice for fellow graduates:

“There is no peak upon graduation, my friends, only an infinite sky of possibilities. Keep moving forward, and never give up.”

Presiding over the commencement ceremony, SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace conferred degrees to the graduates. The new SCAD alumni were also addressed in a speech by interior designer Ken Hu (M.A., interior design, 1995), a partner at Chen Chung Design. Ken shared his experiences as a creative professional and told the group what they can look forward to after studying at SCAD.

The first batch of graduates was also joined by Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, a cultural entrepreneur and advocate for art and education in Hong Kong and Asia, as well as co-founder and chairman of Arts in Heritage Research. SCAD awarded Adrian an honorary doctorate degree.

SCAD Board of Trustees chair Albie Whitaker III, board member Chan Lai Wa, Deputy Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Tom Cooney, and Raymond Chan, a representative from Hong Kong's office of the Commissioner for Heritage, were among some of the distinguished guests at the ceremony.




插畫系學士課程學生Katrina Teh今年以優異成績畢業,並獲得代表畢業生在典禮上致告別辭的機會。Katrina熱愛創作和畫畫,於2011年由馬尼拉來港入讀SCAD。她先前在馬尼拉一所大學以優異成績畢業並取得第一個學士學位,但她仍感不足,希望進一步裝備自己,她入讀SCAD時懷著明確目標:將繪晝創作的興趣變成一生的事業。Katrina致辭時說:「我選擇入讀SCAD,因為我希望磨鍊技巧,成為一個更優秀的藝術家。在這裡我發現自己成長了,變成一個更優秀的人。SCAD創造了一個有利學習進步的空間,讓我可以與其他有創意的人連結交流。」

Katrina認識了不少志同道合、同樣熱衷創作的「戰友」同學,數年來一起捱夜、一起趕功課,奮力完善每個技術細節如動畫創作的關鍵幀 (key frame)、明度(value contracts) 、字距(kerning),甚至是線的質量。

在學期間,Katrina的作品有機會於Philippine Star及信報刊登,她並與三位同學組隊勇奪2012年迪士尼幻想工程香港挑戰賽冠軍。他們的奬品是免費參觀美國加州的迪士尼樂園,以及到香港迪士尼接受為期八周的實習生訓練。今年六月畢業後,Katrina將獲聘為香港迪士尼的概念設計師。


畢業典禮由SCAD校長Paula Wallace主持,她並向一眾畢業生頒贈學位和證書。


藝術及古蹟資料研究的創辦人及主席鄭志剛獲頒發榮譽博士學位,以表揚他對推動香港藝術和文化的貢獻。其他出席的嘉賓包括SCAD董事會主席Alan B. Whitaker III及董事會成員陳麗華、美國領事館及發展局的代表。

Fashion Week vs. student fashion show


For fashion students at Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual fashion show is both the culmination of their academic preparation and the precipice from which they will jump into the fashion world. Ninety student-made and designed looks graced the runway for the 2014 SCAD Fashion Show at the SCAD Museum of Art. Not only do the garments reflect intensive preparation in design, CAD work, draping and ideation, but an uncanny ‘oneness’ with what the industry showed at Fashion Week. The undergraduates and graduates, selected by jury to participate in the show, began working on their looks in September before they even laid eyes on what the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan would see earlier this year.

Student designers watch their looks on the runway in SCAD's Poetter Gallery.

SCAD School of Fashion dean Michael Fink walked us through how in-step the student looks are with, or ahead of, some major trends in fashion.

Michael Fink: We saw a lot of pinky tones, lilac, light or nude colors in the Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collections, as well as white and off-white.

Ralph Lauren, Wes Gordon and Christopher Kane.

Our students have this color palette covered in a variety of different ways, from evening to day.

Collection by Haley Beyer (B.F.A., fashion).

Collection by Tingting Feng (B.F.A., fashion).

On the runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan you saw these architectural shapes.

Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Ashish.

This collection by Hannah Amundson (B.F.A., fashion) is very architectural. The story behind the garments is that her roommate moved out of their shared apartment and took the only mirror they had. Hannah realized how much she relied on the mirror. So her designs are all about being vain, and on the clothes there are inserts where it will say “vain” or “obsessed,” references to how we are so fixated on our own image.

Collection by Hannah Amundson (B.F.A., fashion).

Also, Yuxi Bi (B.F.A., fashion) goes to the stand and just drapes and experiments and creates architectural shapes without a pattern.

Collection by Yuxi Bi (B.F.A., fashion).

We saw this cobalt blue color on the runways and we have a collection that is just cobalt blue and gray. So this is definitely something we’ve seen out of our students in terms of color trend.

Mark Fast and Proenza Schouler.

Collection by Lin Han (B.F.A., fashion).

At Fashion Week you saw oversized patterns. Whether it’s one pattern, or a mixture of patterns, that was very big, especially in London, which speaks to our students’ mix and match sensibilities. Here you start to see a mix of materials and patterns challenging you where to look.

Marco de Vincenzo, Prada and Suno.

Like those mixed patterns, Madisen Matney's (B.F.A., fashion) collection is bold, in your face, and it’s in honor of her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. She worked with a textiles student and on each piece there is a face peeking out from the layers.

Collection by Madison Matney (B.F.A., fashion).

These are fall collections, so you think about plaids anyway, but the students have been working a year ahead of the trend.

Delpozo and Yigal Azrouel.

We have seen some incredible plaid work out of the students. For example, in this collection by Katherine Absher (B.F.A., fashion) these are hand-foiled. She has taken the fabric and done a foiling process.

Collection by Katherine Absher (B.FA., fashion).

This color palette, various shades of coral and orange, was prevalent on the runways.

Narciso Rodriguez, Issa and Zac Posen.

We have one student collection that captures that beautifully and that’s really hard. It's difficult to make those colors sit well on the body.

Collection by Jiaren Du (B.F.A., fashion).

Jiaren Du (B.F.A., fashion) worked for a year on this, but we didn’t see the collection for what it was until we saw it on stage. It was so arresting.

Collection by Julia Patton (B.F.A., fashion).

When it comes to Fashion Week, each city is so different. This is Milan. It’s a bit more tailored. Here are these bright pops of color everywhere. We saw that in Paris, too. You see big patterns. They’re not subtle clothes. Paris, what strikes me here is this Valentino. Very graphic. And Dior, color blocking in a different way. You have bold color with a lighter companion, so you have these pops. That’s the color pop we’re talking about.

Fausto Puglisi, Valentino and Dior.

In terms of student work, you also see some really big pops of colors. Both of these, for example, are on a graffiti tangent. Each designer had artists develop prints for them. It’s color blocking, it’s print, it’s bright.

Collection by Renata Dabdoub (B.F.A., fashion).

Collection by Leah Smith (B.F.A., fashion).

This whole idea by Burberry was all hand-painted. Everything had the touch of hand on it and we certainly have many collections like that here at SCAD because we’re an art school.

Burberry Prorsum, Duckie Brown and Yohji Yamamoto.

These are Wenxiao Wang's (M.A., fashion, 2013) own illustrations that she had reprinted.

Collection by Wenxiao Wang (M.A., fashion).

Collection by Zenobia Duncan (M.A., fashion).

That’s just an overview of the student looks we saw on the runway at the SCAD Fashion Show and how they compare to what we saw at Fashion Week.


Looking forward to Sidewalk Arts


To get ready for Savannah College of Art and Design's Sidewalk Arts Festival (April 26), we're taking a visit back to some photos from previous years. The festival is a nod to an art form as old as the 16th century, but we're bringing it into the present like never before. The 33rd annual festival hosts a brand new section of the competition for 3-D chalk art (complete with matching glasses, of course), and from now through April 20 you can vote for your favorite chalk drawing in the first annual Virtual Sidewalk Arts Festival for eLearning students and alumni. So mark your calendars and prepare to get a little messy.

What's in your bag for SCADpad?


The first SCADpad® residents are settling in to their micro-houses in the parking deck of Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Even before crossing the threshold, they ran smack into one of the first dilemmas that micro-living poses: how to pack? Here’s what they brought with them.

Lynda Spratley
Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia
Major: Graphic Design, Senior

What did you pack?
I tried to pack as few outfits as possible so that my clothes would fit in the space. I packed my pancake mix because I love breakfast food, anytime. Popcorn is my favorite snack so I had to bring my kernels along. My laptop is coming along because no graphic designer can leave home without it.

What perspective do you bring to micro-living?
I'm not sure my major of graphic design will affect my perspective as much as my background. I have always lived in large spaces. So I have the mentality that there is room for everything. I think SCADpad will be more about having room for what I need.

What habits do you bring that you think you’ll have to ditch?
I think my habit of wanting a lot of clothes to choose from will have to change. I usually dress based on how I feel on a given day. This time I had to pack a small suitcase.

Sharika Menon
Hometown: Kerala, India
Major: Interior Design, Graduate Student

What did you pack?
Everything that fits into ONE bag! It was quite the challenge to pack for 10 anything-can-happen days. Optimism was the one thing that kept me company as I added each item to the pile. Now that I’ve checked into SCADpad, I will see for myself whether SCADpad's design will accommodate anything (relatively small and light), beautifully.

Carlos Maldonado
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Major: Photography, Junior

What did photographer Carlos bring with him? Bet you can guess. Check your answer here.

Prabal Gurung chats with Steven Kolb live


Prabal Gurung, world renowned fashion designer born in Singapore, will discuss his career and views on modern glamour with CFDA CEO, Steven Kolb. The livestream of their conversation from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, part of SCADstyle 2014, starts tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT here on Thread.

Parabal Gurung was the recipient of the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, has served as Goodwill Ambassador for Maiti Nepal, and his designs have been worn by fashion icons such as First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge.