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NSU alumnus premieres short film “Bird” on campus

Director, writer and NSU alumnus Booker T. Mattison, represented the green and gold proudly by premiering his short film Bird in the Bozeman Education building Friday night, Oct. 20.

Director, writer and NSU alumnus Booker T. Mattison, represented the green and gold proudly by premiering his short film Bird in the Bozeman Education building Friday night, Oct. 20.

by Malik Glaspie

Norfolk State University is home to some of the most gifted mass communication majors in the industry of television and film.

Director, writer and NSU alumnus Booker T. Mattison, represented the green and gold proudly by premiering his short film Bird in the Bozeman Education building Friday night, Oct. 20.

Bird is the story of a NSU track star who is accused of a crime and sent to prison. The majority of the film was shot on campus last May. Those viewers who could not attend the event can find it broadcasted on the Periscope app.  They can also follow the conversation of the panel on Norfolk State University’s Dept. of Mass Communications and Journalism Twitter page.

After the screening of the film came a panel discussion on the theme of the film: wrongful imprisonment. The panel consisted of Mattison, the writer and director of the film; Judge Rufus Banks, District Court Judge for the City of Chesapeake; and Dr. Cyrus Williams, a licensed counselor and professor at Regent University.

Also joining the panel were Kurt Williams, anchor from WTKR-TV News Channel 3, the host of the event; Roderick Bradford, the protagonist of the film; and Zeus Campbell, the antagonist of the film.

Campbell is also an alumnus of Norfolk State who graduated in 2010.

Many questions from Kurt Williams and the audience were asked of the panel as they spoke about the production of the film, opinions on the theme of the film, and questions about the speakers themselves.

One question in particular to Mattison was why he chose the theme of wrongful imprisonment.

“I feel that this film has a degree of authenticity that some of my other work didn’t have. So it really comes from this idea that there are people now who are in prison, who are dealing with things that the character dealt with,” Mattison said.

Overall, the film and panel discussion were enjoyed by students and, hopefully, the Norfolk State community will be seeing more short films from Mattison in the future.

 

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