There are film students who envision conceptual masterpieces shot in black-and-white complete with avant-garde orchestral music and a sense of existentialism in place of a compelling plot. Then there are film students who laugh at those would-be Godards. Alex Montilla falls into the latter camp. His short film The Artist as a Young Man: A Portrait of Cameron Fairchild is a mockumentary following a pretentious student filmmaker on his quest to finish his overwrought senior film. I kind of paid attention to student film that I found ridiculous and pretentious, and I was thinking about what kind of person you must be to make one of those, says Montilla.
His work, along with other University of Miami student films including some pretentious and ridiculous ones will premiere as part of the Canes Film Festival. Reels start rolling at 3 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday at the on-campus Cosford Cinema, 380 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. The event is free and open to the public.
May 2-4, 3 p.m., 2008