BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2017-18
Wed Apr 12, 2017 – 6:30 pm | Hendricks Center for the Arts
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BIFF 2017 Festival
Fri Mar 3, 2017 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Art Center
The Monster Within
Directed by Grant Hume, Emily Guske, Nick Talan, Nicholas Stange
United States | 1 hr 40 min | 2016
Since 2012, The Harlem Veteran Project has dedicated their time to recording and preserving the stories of American Veterans. Through this process the students have learned the long term impact of war on individuals and the community. In 2016, the Harlem Veteran Project students took an extended look into the impact war had on veterans, Jim Thew and Alex Feggestad. During this journey the students learned the reality of war and Jim and Alex experienced the power of healing through oral history.
Director, Producer, Writer
Nicholas is currently a teacher at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, IL. He is also one of the main school sponsors of the Harlem Veteran Project. The Harlem Veteran Project is dedicated to recording the oral history of America’s veterans. Over the past 7 years the project has recorded over 200 interviews and created over 150 short feature documentaries.
Director, Cinematographer, Writer
Nick is a first-year college student at Rock Valley Community College and is in the process of earning his certificate in mass communication. Nick was a student in the Harlem Veteran Project during the 2015-16 school year. During his time in the program he completed short feature documentary on Loren Salzman. Nick was also one of the main directors of the 2016 Harlem Veteran Project Gala.
Director, Cinematographer, Writer, Screenplay
Grant is a first-year college student at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN and is majoring in videography. Grant was a student in the Harlem Veteran Project during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. During his time in the program he completed two short feature documentaries on Gordon Conover and Mitch Mullins titled, “The Price.” Grant was also one of the main directors of the 2016 Harlem Veteran Project Gala.
Emily was born in Rockford, Illinois and grew up as a student in the Harlem School District. In 2015, while attending Harlem High School, Emily Guske joined the Harlem Veteran Project. In her first year with the project, she created a documentary about Doug Dyer, a marine during the Vietnam War. Her documentary was awarded second place by the Illinois Veteran Project in the veteran category. Also in her first year, Emily was a main editor on a piece presented at the 2016 Harlem Veteran Project Gala. The piece was a compilation of testimonials given by seven Vietnam veterans. It provided insight on their vastly different yet incredibly similar wartime experiences.
Emily is now a freshman at Lewis University and is pursuing a degree in radio/television broadcasting with a minor in film. She continues to assist the Harlem Veteran Project and is also in the process of creating a new documentary about Lewis University student veterans. In the future, Emily hopes to continue to give a voice to the unheard through the art of film.