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Young Harris College Faculty Filmmaker to Present Screening of Locomotive
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host a screening of the independent feature film Locomotive, an independent feature film that YHC Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman directed, co-wrote and co-produced with his longtime friend Adam Lucas. The screening will take place on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall on the YHC campus and will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public.
Locomotive tells the story of a former straight-edge musician who took some minor success from a band he started years ago who tries to reconnect after his solo career as a DJ takes a dive. Unfortunately, the band found a following without him, so he falls back on a former love interest, a groupie for the band, who he also left behind.
“This film is an extension of so many things that have interested Adam and me both personally and as artists since we first met—the fragility of relationships; the fickle nature of popular culture and how it can easily be recycled; the ability of art makers to reshape their reality; and the point where these things intersect and how they interact,” Waltman said.
A native of Tacoma, Pa., Waltman earned his B.F.A. in drawing and painting from Penn State University and his M.F.A. in art from Florida State University. Prior to coming to Young Harris, he taught at Florida State University, Ursinus College and La Salle University.
His artwork has been shown internationally and includes drawing, painting, sculpture, film concept art, graphic novel and new media. Waltman is also the director of the independent feature film The Retreat, which is currently in preproduction. He recently completed a 253-page graphic novel titled “German” that follows the story of a young American named German.
Waltman’s film projects were both funded through Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, and are affiliated with An Open Place Productions, a sponsored project of the nonprofit arts service organization Fractured Atlas.
For more information about Locomotive and Waltman, visit jeremywaltman.com.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.