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Thompson's short to be screened at first-ever Diamond in the Rough Film Festival

September 21, 2015

Assistant Professor Chase Thompson’s short film, “Flat Black,” will be screened this weekend at a new festival in Cupertino, Calif.

The first-ever Diamond in the Rough Film Festival is hosted by Bluelight Cinemas and will showcase more than 30 independent films from 10 countries. The festival received nearly 1,300 submissions.

“With 50,000 movies being made each year, too many wonderful films get lost,” the Diamond in the Rough website says. “We felt it was our job to find them and give them a theatrical screening.”

Thompson said it was a perfect fit for his film.

“Flat Black” focuses on a Mid-Missouri legend that began circulating in the 1990s. Two brothers claim to have seen a 9-foot-tall giant who drove through their field. When they confronted him, they reported that the giant spoke in a strange language and said he was from the future sent to look for something buried on the property.

“This work of fiction is based on a real rural legend that many locals recall to this day,” Thompson said. “I’m thrilled that the team at Diamond in the Rough Film Festival selected this story as one of its inaugural festival films.”

Thompson is currently wrapping up work on his fourth short, “Grandma Vs. The Woods,” which documents his grandmother’s incredible survival story.

He is also working on a feature film through the Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting at Stephens.

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