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Columbus State University students were recently recognized on stage at the Atlanta Film Festival for their work on the production of an award-winning film.
Still, a modern suspense drama that was shot in Columbus, made its world debut to sold-out audiences at the Atlanta Film Festival and received the Georgia Award, an honor that recognizes the best film produced in Georgia. During the award’s presentation, the film’s director, Takashi Doscher recognized 12 interns from the CSU Communication Department’s Georgia Film Academy certificate program.
As part of their internship course credit requirements, the CSU students served as on-set film crew members for the production of the film. Typically, students must travel to Atlanta to complete their internship requirements, but CSU Associate Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development Richard Baxter and Communication Department Chair Danna Gibson helped to recruit the film to Columbus. The effort was the first of many initiatives from the Georgia Film Academy, Columbus State University’s Communication Department, and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Film Office to provide training and education to a new generation of Georgia filmmakers in CSU’s film production program.
Still stars Lydia Wilson from Star Trek Beyond, Nick Blood from Agents of SHIELD, and Madeline Brewer from Orange is the New Black and is financed by Matthew Murdoch and Joshua Dent. The producers are Craig Miller, Gabrielle Pickle, Takashi Doscher, and Alex Creasia. The film is set in present-day Georgia, where a young hiker stumbles onto an isolated farm after losing her way on the Appalachian Trail. She is taken in and cared for by a strange but beautiful couple who appear desperate to protect a centuries-old secret hidden deep in the mountains.
In addition to its Atlanta Film Festival debut, Still screened at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival and is submitted to the San Diego, Fantastic Fest, Hamptons International, Austin, Hawaii, Flickers’ Rhode Island, Los Angeles Film Fest, New Orleans, Napa Valley, and Maine festivals.