2007-12-13 / On the Town

Student feature film premieres tonight

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com

TELL IT LIKE IT IS- Sam France appears in  the  film "Corpus Callosum," screening tonight at the Westlake Village Twin theater. TELL IT LIKE IT IS- Sam France appears in the film "Corpus Callosum," screening tonight at the Westlake Village Twin theater. An Agoura High School alumnus and a current senior at the school will premiere their new film, "Corpus Callosum," tonight at the Westlake Village Twin theater.

Sarah Nagy, now a student at UCLA, wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film with Brian Felber, a senior at Agoura High. Nagy stars in the film and also helped with its editing, she said.

Nagy said the film is both a comedy and a drama. The title alludes to the thick band of nerves that connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

The plot centers on a teenage self-made millionaire, Cross Carlton, (Nagy) who made her fortune in investments, and an unconventionally artistic journalist who, through a series of interviews, hopes to discover some link between his past failures and Cross' success. Evan Lewis, a junior at Agoura High, plays the journalist.

Nagy said she had the idea for the script because she, like her fictional counterpart, enjoys investing in the stock market.

But unlike Cross Carlton, Nagy hopes to mix a career on Wall Street with her love of filmmaking. As the title suggests, Nagy wants to nurture both sides of her brain.

"Hopefully, I can end up doing both," Nagy said. She said she'd like to use the money she makes from investments to finance independent films. She is majoring in business economics at UCLA, but hopes to minor in film when the university approves the coursework.

Nagy said moviemaking wasn't on her radar until last year when after learning how to produce a film using a computer program, she submitted a short film to the Agoura High School Film Festival. She has directed two short films at UCLA, "Parallel Dreams" and "Esto Perpetua."

Felber launched his filmmaking career as a child taping explosions on his driveway. He said that by the time he was in sixth grade he was adept at using sophisticated film editing computer software.

"I have made nine legitimate films, films I can show people 'this is a film I've made,'" Felber said. He was cinematographer for the feature-length student film, "Doppelganger," which also premiered at the Westlake Village Twin, and co-directed the short film, "Metronome."

As for his current movie, Felber describes it as an "intellectual thriller that takes a look at the extremes of the human brain, the divide between logic and creativity."

Nagy and Felber have both received awards for their work.

"Corpus Callosum" was shot at Agoura High School and in and around Santa Monica and Los Angeles, Nagy said.

"It was a really great learning experience for someone like me who hasn't gotten too much experience making movies, but likes to," Nagy said. "And I'm really surprised and happy to see the finished product out of so many little pieces."

The $5 movie ticket will pay for the theater rental, and any further proceeds above the rental cost will be donated to Spotlight the Arts, a nonprofit group dedicated to building a playhouse in Calabasas.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the feature-length film starts at 8 p.m. The theater is at 4711 Lakeview Canyon Road at Agoura Road. The phone number is (818) 889-8061.

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