One fun aspect of the evening was that there was a short Q&A with Dan McCarthy, the filmmaker, after the screening. We learned that "Parapsychology 101" was McCarthy's senior project. (He is a student at the Art Institute of Jacksonville.) McCarthy shared that he literally dreamt up the idea for the film. He has always had a vivid dream life, and telekinesis is a regular part of those dreams (which is a bit scary). So the topic seemed a natural choice for his project. The actors--who did an incredible job--were by and large fellow students, although the guy who played Professor Greer is a professor in real life who acts on the side (which explains why he seemed so natural in the role). After some prodding, McCarthy divulged that he made the movie for something like $400. What a world we live in.
It was an exciting start to the Festival, which is in its second year. The offerings over the week-end range from Student Film Shorts to a Double Feature Experience to Cell Shot Films (which, for the technologically challenged among us, means a film shot with a cell phone). I'm looking forward to taking in a sampling of these films over the week-end. Maybe I'll see you there!