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Creative Conversations: Exploring Storytelling Through Film

Thursday, November 8 @ 7 PM

Washburn University



FREE Event! ARTSConnect Topeka presents the second round of Creative Conversations – this time exploring storytelling through film. Featured filmmakers are Matt Nyquist, Washburn University assistant professor of film and MFA graduate of University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and Gary Piland, local horror filmmaker (Roaring Rat Films) who also owns his copywriting, design, web development firm Umbrella. This Creative Conversations event will focus on the two filmmakers’ work with some entertaining samples as well as explore how their creative processes work, what has worked in their careers and what has challenged them. Join us for a frank, honest, interactive discussion about film as an art process moderated by Jancy Pettit, visual artist. You’ll gain lots of insight and inspiration for your own art practices.

Location: ktwu11 studios on the campus of Washburn University
(Park in the parking lot at 19th & MacVicar, enter the studio door on the south side of the KTWU building. KTWU is diagonal from the baseball field and near Washburn Village.)

For more info or questions call 785-608-6738.

Matthew Nyquist, known as the writer/director of The Gamer, a post-production whiz in editing, sound, and vfx in films such Dare to Be Different, and Picasso’s Christ, as well as producing DACA (2019) is currently spearheading the inaugural WIFI (Washburn International Film Institute) Film Festival. Matthew Nyquist is based in Topeka, Kansas, where he is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Film at Washburn University, but continues to work on LA based projects remotely where he worked for seven years. He is a close collaborator with the Emmy winning director and editor, Allan Holzman. Matthew previously worked for Oscar winning producer
Fred Roos (The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, Lost in Translation) and Oscar winning sound designer Dane Davis (The Matrix, Cabin in the Woods). Matthew has an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in film and television production and a BGS from The University of Kansas.

Gary Piland, is the President/CEO of Umbrella, a copywriting, graphic design and web development firm and his indie horror film company Roaring Rat Films. He fell in love with scary movies at an early age and always intended to write, direct and produce horror flicks. In 2010, he founded Roaring Rat Films, an indie horror film company based in Topeka, Kansas. With the able assistance of a local cinematographer and the incredible actors, musicians and production talent right here in the Midwest – he has written, directed, shot, edited and produced five movies so far with a sixth now in production. Filmography: Zombie Laundry – The original Roaring Rat Films zombie comedy short; Zombie Chigger – A walk in the woods goes horribly wrong; 2012 Zombie Tattoo Parlor – Love never dies; two feature-length zombie-thrillers: Zombie Beauty Pageant – Drop. Dead. Gorgeous and Zombie, Kansas – Death in the heartland. Currently, Zombie, Kansas and Zombie Beauty Pageant are available on iTunes and Amazon. Roaring Rat Films’ sixth project, Blackstone – Hand of God, is in production now and should be released in 2019. Roaring Rat’s mission? Make cult-classic horror movies.