Short Student Film Earns Sundance Spot

Playtime (Spielzeit), a film produced by Harvard Extension School graduate Ryan Slattery, has been selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the International Shorts program in Park City, Utah, Jan. 19 through 29.

Slattery’s film is one of only 64 short films selected from a record 7,675 submissions for this year’s Sundance Short Film program.

“This is one of the greatest achievements for a filmmaker,” comments Slattery on the selection. “We’re excited for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

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The film was inspired by Billy Wilder’s 1930 People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) and is described as a seamless journey through German youth and innocence on a Sunday afternoon.

Says Slattery, “It focuses on the innocence of youth and the appreciation of the simple things in life. It is an adorable film; it’s funny and heartwarming, yet piquant and full of life.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree (ALB) at Harvard Extension School, Slattery (pictured above) went on to pursue his MFA in film and television production at the UCLA Film School, graduating in 2011.

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This film was created in a unique collaboration between graduate students from UCLA and the Internationale Filmschule Köln (ifs) in Germany. It was shot entirely on location in Cologne, Germany and served as Slattery’s production thesis.

Harvard Extension School offers more than 650 courses, online and on-campus, including a selection in the area of studio arts and film, and dramatic arts.

As Harvard University’s primary source of continuing education for more than 100 years, Harvard Extension School has educated students from around the world through its on campus and online course offerings, degree programs, and professional certificate options.

Photo courtesy: Jeffry Pike, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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