RISD film students debut projects

Spring brings another crop of budding Rhode Island School of Design graduates, ready or not, to enter the working world.

As they head for graduation, film, animation and video students have some amazing works for all to see now through Sunday at the RISD Auditorium.

Kate Harkness's passion as an avid TV series watcher propelled her to tap real life experiences with friends from Brown and RISD to create a bright, colorful, fun, episodic micro-series called "Alphabet Soup".

"I want to work in television," Harkness said. "I feel like some of the best film that's being made today is going on to TV. A dream would be working for a place a like Showtime or HBO. Have the freedom to be able to go dark, go sexy."

Paul Bertolino crafts an amazing, tense and beautifully polished drama with "The Baker's Dozen."

"About a man who has repressed memories from childhood, and so he buys up this abandoned house to try to deal with these memories of his past," Bertolino said. "While he's there, he's haunted by the ghost of a little girl."

Stop-motion animation is a growing art form with commercial applications. Hillary Barton, with her "Light Came of Three," hopes to ride the wave.

"Mediums that convey the tangibility of things," Barton said. "Like this is a real thing, I'm seeing it move in real life, something that people can connect to with that."

While most of the Film Animation Video students who are showing their works at the RISD Auditorium say that they're hoping for a job in their field, one student said he's in it mostly for the art.

"The creative process of this piece is actually quite like an adventure itself. I never knew what I was going to do next, and I never knew what the next scene was going to be until I worked. And that kept me interested and it was fun to work on all the way through," said Eric Ko, who created "Our Sun."

The RISD Film Animation Video projects are being shown nightly at 7 p.m. through Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, at the RISD Auditorium, One Market Square in Providence.

Tickets are $5 and $3 with student identification.