Student Film Screens at Australian Festival

The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a big one for Haverford senior Kyle McCloskey. Not only will he be graduating from the College, but his Student Arts Fund-sponsored short film, The Music of Erich Zann, will be making its debut at Sydney, Australia’s A Night of Horror International Film Festival.

McCloskey made the film, which is based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, during the spring of his junior year, and it premiered on campus last April. The Music of Erich Zann is a silent, black-and-white homage to the dark, moody films of German Expressionism, and it features its own original score, composed by Walker Anderson VII ’11. (At its Haverford screenings the film’s score was played live, but the festival screening will feature a recording of Anderson’s score played by student musicians.)

A still from the film

Though he won’t be able to make it to A Night of Horror himself—the film’s April 3 screening in Sydney is, alas, too close to his thesis due date—McCloskey is “so excited” that his film made the cut and will be shown alongside a few other H.P. Lovecraft-inspired short films. He plans to check online for reactions soon after it screens. So will we, Kyle! Good luck!

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