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Professor's Short Film Selected for Screening at International Film Festival

September 3, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College Professor Lisa Ford's short film Prodigy has been selected for screening at the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival this fall. Ford, who teaches screenwriting and digital cinema courses in addition to academic writing, wrote and directed the piece.

Prodigy tells a story about a mother reconnecting with her inner child during a magical moment at her daughter's violin lesson. "As a teacher who has worked with children and adults, I'm interested in exploring how people experience the creative process," said Ford when discussing her inspiration for Prodigy. "My intent with this film was to celebrate the idea that creative expression, including musical expression, can enrich our lives."

The film was scored by Emmy-award winning musician and Ithaca resident Judy Hyman. The cast includes Aliya Iosilevich, Cristin Gallagher, and Surinder Sidhu, who teaches acting courses at the College.

Prodigy is the latest in a long line of Ford's works to be honored. Several of her past films have been screened at various international festivals including the SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase, the New Filmmakers Screening Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. She has been successful at several screenwriting competitions, including the Austin Heart of Film Festival and the New England Screenwriting Competition, and has also been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that presents the Oscars.