Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312
Point TV: Channel 23 Public Relations Manager.
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: April 7, 2014
Written by: Kalyn McMackin
PLNU Filmmaker-Alumnus to Screen & Attend Film Forum April 14th
PLNU’s Point TV will be hosting Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton, at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Film Forum on April 14. Cretton will attend the screening and discuss the success of his film and what his journey as a filmmaker-- since graduating from Point Loma--has been like.
What started nearly six years ago as a Master’s thesis project has since captured national attention, including those in Hollywood. Cretton’s film has earned him recognition in multiple film festivals across the country, including Sundance and the South by Southwest Music Festival.
“This is Daniel’s most-famous and most-viewed feature length film,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication. “It played at the Sundance Film Festival, won awards at others, and it got a lot of Oscar buzz this past season…Daniel and his journey into big-time filmmaking is just phenomenal.”
“I met him when I first started working at PLNU in 2002. Daniel was working on campus at that time, and making films on the side,” said Hueth. “I saw his first film, Longbranch, which was a funny and intriguing parable…it was obvious to me that he was quite gifted.”
The premise and story for Short Term 12 came to Destin through personal experience. Inspired by his own time working at facilities for troubled kids, the 2001 graduate wrote and directed Short Term 12, a story told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace’s own difficult past is made all the more clearer with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted yet troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has an electric connection.
In 2009, the short-film version of Short Term 12 won best American Short at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Cretton turned it into a feature length film that continues to capture audiences across the country. Cretton also shared some sage advice for young filmmakers.
“Don't believe anyone who tells you there is only one way to get somewhere,” said Cretton. “Just be true to yourself, follow your instincts, and tell the stories that move you. As Woody Allen puts it, ‘It's not quantum physics. It's storytelling. It's a story and you tell it. There's not much to it.’"
Cretton’s talents and successes have now earned him a role in directing an upcoming film with Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence.
The screening is open to the entire PLNU community, and all who attend will have the opportunity to not only view the feature film, but participate in a Q&A with Cretton after the forum. It will occur in Crill Auditorium on Monday, April 14th, from 7-9:30 p.m.
For more information on the film forum or on Destin Daniel Cretton, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu