Recent CAMS graduate and current Gould Library employee Sam Dunnewold '12 spent the month of February in sunny Sedona, Arizona, as an intern with the Sedona International Film Festival. Although he had never heard of the festival before landing the internship, he was pleasantly surprised by how much attention his co-organizers paid to making the festival about the audience. Says Sam,"it turned out to be one of the best and biggest film festivals left in the states that still focuses heavily on the audience experience instead of filmmakers, awards, and production companies."
His month-long stay was characterized by, in his words, "picking up slack" for projectionists, filmmakers, bartenders, and even the festival director, but between 16 hour days and nightly parties, Sam still found to time to talk about some of his favorite CAMS topic areas — cinematography, narrative structure, and industry history — with the festival employees and attendees, with everyone from industry veterans to filmmakers younger than himself. To sum it up, Sam says, "I had a blast."
When he is not interning at festivals across the U.S., Sam is currently finishing up the post-production for Lucidity, a feature film shot last summer by a crew of recent Carleton graduates and current students including himself, Kaitlin Randolph '12, Anna Swanson '12, Jack Davis '13, and Hannah White '14. Inspired by his taste of the festival circuit, Sam is back to Northfield now, hard at work on his own film project, which is slated to be hitting the festival circuit next year. Stay tuned for details on a screening of the new film later this spring!