Virginia Tech alumni come back to visit Blacksburg for many reasons. However, one prominent alumnus is coming back to give students a free lesson in film.
On Oct. 14, Jeff Consiglio returns to Tech as an Academy Award-winning film editor to present “Inocente,” the story of a fifteen-year-old undocumented artist who has been homeless for the last nine years of her life.
Consiglio, along with composer and sound editor Marc Aramian, will discuss “Inocente” before and after the film is screened at 7 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre.
The event will be presented in a purely digital form, which has given Lyric manager Flavio Carvalho a few obstacles to overcome. This type of presentation would not be possible if the Lyric hadn’t just finished its transformation into a digital projection theater.
“It’s a little work to make sure that we get as close to what they would like as possible and still make sure everyone gets the best out of the seminars,” Carvalho said.
Even though the multimedia presentation is new to the Lyric, Carvalho said that events like the “Inocente” screening are important to everyone in the Blacksburg community.
The story of “Inocente” goes beyond a female artist who persevered in her passions. According to Consiglio and Aramian, the many layers of storytelling in “Inocente” allow audiences to learn about the filmmaking process as a whole.
“If you go watch a film or TV or the news, you learn to be more aware of the craft going into the content being presented,” Consiglio said. “You can start to sniff out truth or manipulation in content.”
Consiglio’s presentation will be focused on manipulation in storytelling, and Aramian’s will focus on sound’s role in the process. While Aramian was not involved in the making of “Inocente,” he and Consiglio have collaborated in the past.
Their history together has allowed them to prepare interactive discussions about collaboration, sound manipulation and honest storytelling.
“As a content creator, you have to recognize where your strengths and weakness are, and you have to bring in people to cover your weaknesses,” Aramian said. “When you bring in the strength of a group of collaborators … suddenly you have a very symbiotic experience where you create something greater than either of you could have done alone.”
The School of Performing Arts and Cinema is sponsoring the screening of “Inocente,” and Consiglio, who studied film during his time at Tech, said that this opportunity to share real-world experience with cinema students is valuable.
“Having the opportunity to share my experiences and explain how I’m using tools on a day-in, day-out basis is a great way to inspire students to absorb the information they’re getting in the classwork,” Consiglio said.
Both men said they are excited to share their content with Blacksburg for another reason. As Aramian put it, the distribution pipeline that delivers content to the public has never been so large or fast as it is today.
“Never before have the gatekeepers had so little role in getting content out to the public,” Aramian said. “Because of the internet … anybody can be a content creator and become famous out of nowhere.”
This is part of the story of “Inocente.”
The namesake of the film is no longer homeless, and she has received widespread support for her artistic passions. In the same way, Consiglio and Aramian are speaking to support students who are passionate about learning several types of content creation.
“We’re proud to be bringing a movie like ‘Inocente’ to Blacksburg,” Consiglio said. “It speaks to a lot of things people go through moving from adolescence to adulthood, which is what college students are doing.”