In the fall of 2012, CAMS major Peter Franco '14 went to Prague to study 16mm filmmaking at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), where he made a short film, Vysterelovok (Pocket Knife). During his time at FAMU he fell in love with the process of shooting on 16mm film. For his senior comps project, Peter opted to shoot on 16mm film once again. He received a grant award from the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation to produce his comps film, The Last of Fall.
The Last of Fall is the story of a star high school football player who is abruptly forced to confront his sexuality after a drunken hookup with a teammate. In writing and directing this film, Peter felt that his most important task was to represent the settings and characters with care and honesty. "I went through draft after draft of the script, whittling away moments and scenes that didn't feel real to me," he says. During the shooting phase, he shot on location in a football locker room, and with the help of Coach Bob Pagel and the Carleton football team, he also filmed a football practice. "I decided to shoot the movie on 16mm to recreate the vintage look of a football movie, and also because I enjoy the process of shooting on film," he explains. "Now that the film is complete and I've screened it at Carleton, I hope to get it into a few film festivals and then hopefully make a feature length version, for which I am currently developing the script, which follows the team's whole season rather than just the final week."
Update: Peter's film has been accepted to the 32nd Reeling Film Festival which takes place in Chicago on September 18-25, 2014. The film has also been selected to be part of the 2014 MNTV showcase which means it will be broadcast on TPT in Minnesota at some point in January and then installed at the Walker Art Center for most of 2015.