MFA Candidate Producing a Puppet Passion Project
CA+S MFA Candidate Conor O'Farrell is collaborating with Chicago
native and MFA Candidate Sehaj Sethi from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
to produce her thesis film featuring a cast of rod puppets. Currently in the fundraising phase, learn more about Dark and Light Leo on Kickstarter.
Film is a collaborative medium. In a recent Screen Magazine article, CA+S faculty member Karen Loop states that Columbia College’s Creative Producing MFA program that is in its third year is built on
two basic tenets: good story will always be paramount and collaboration
is a necessity.
Chicago native Sethi
is bringing her thesis film, Dark and Light Leo,
home and teaming up with O’Farrell who will
produce. "This is something I didn't want to pass up because of the unique story and the opportunity to work with someone from a another MFA program," recounts O'Farrell.
Dark and Light Leo is a gothic story about a
young boy dealing with the tragic loss of his father and the
consequences of another man trying to take his place. It is a
fantastical story that falls somewhere between the short stories of
Edgar Allen Poe and the films of Vincent Price. "This is an homage to
older horror, but with an emphasis on Leo’s ability to manipulate the
world around him that's a nod to something more magical," shares writer and director
Filming will take place at William B. Fosser’s Puppet Production Opera in Focus theater. First performed in Chicago in 1957, Fosser’s award-winning rod-puppet productions present scenes from opera, motion
picture, and Broadway musicals. The theater celebrates twenty years at
its Rolling Meadows location when Dark and Light Leo takes
to the main stage in December.
"Ever since I moved from Ireland to Chicago
for graduate school in 2012, Columbia College has instilled a firm sense of
collaboration. This project is pushing the boundaries and will pave the way for future projects," conveys O’Farrell. "In past films, I've collaborated with cast and crew from Columbia College and the Chicagoland community, but now this project is somewhat of a game changer because it opens doors and connects the worlds of opera, theater, and New York filmmakers," adds O’Farrell.