The short film, “Monhegan Light,” produced by 20 Media Arts students, was recently honored with a student production award from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The film, based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, was shot on location on Monhegan Island, Maine. The students raised $18,500 in order to make their movie on location. “We realized early on that shooting on the actual island was a necessity,” said director Joe Battaglia. “Monhegan is a well known artist’s colony and the landscape is unmistakable.”
“Monhegan Light” revolves around a man who receives a nude painting of his recently deceased wife in the mail. When he learns that the artist was his late wife’s lover for ten summers, he journeys to Monhegan Island, where he is forced to see his wife through the artist’s eyes.
The award winning film was one of three narrative shorts produced in MDIA 4719, an advanced narrative production class overseen by associate professor Frederick Lewis. Also recognized by the chapter was MDIA student Eric Tiu, who received a pair of honorable mentions in the short form narrative and non-fiction categories.
The students will receive their awards on August 2nd at the Ohio Valley Chapter’s annual Regional Emmy ceremony at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.
View the Trailer for Monhegan Light here on OUtube.
Photo: Some of the students who recently won a production award from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences set up a shot for "Monhegan Light" in the Monhegan Island, Maine studio of artist Alison Hill, who painted a pair of canvasses for use in the production, and allowed the use of her island studio to shoot a crucial scene.