Allan Holzman presents a new film, ‘CCC-ut.’ – The Washburn Review

On Tuesday October 25, the Washburn Filmmakers Association invited Allan Holzman, director and editor, to present his new autobiography, “CC-Cut”.

WFA and other students got their first look at this film, which chronicles Holzman’s journey in film and the challenges he faced in the stuttering industry. Audiences went through several emotions throughout the film as they took a closer look at Holzman’s life.

After watching the film, Holzman joined the event via Zoom for comments and questions. Audiences agreed that the film as a whole was powerful and were grateful to be the first audience to see it.

During the Q&A session, Holzman expressed his love for movies, editing, and directing. He also gave advice to students on how to find work in the film industry. Holzman encouraged each student to pursue their passions and spend time perfecting their craft.

For a moment, Holzman broke down in tears discussing the impact of being recognized as an artist in the industry, something he didn’t consider himself to be before.

“It’s his own word, you know, which I honestly didn’t know. It was meaningful and what it meant to me and… I never intended to be an artist and I didn’t grow as an artist,” Holzman said. “I didn’t come into life as an artist, but I think I am.”

Matthew Nyquist, WFA Advisor and Assistant Professor of Mass Media Film and Video, spoke about the importance of inviting filmmakers, directors, and producers to speak to students. He described growing up in Kansas not knowing anyone who worked in the film industry. At that time, he thought meeting someone from the industry would be a “crazy idea”.

“The fact that students hear people doing the things they want to do, they learn skills, they learn practical things, but they also feel like it’s real,” Nyquist said. “Like, ‘This is something I could actually do. These aren’t imaginary people.

Nyquist also explained the need for connections and recognition for students interested in movies.

“Relationships are very important. The way one of our guest speakers put it a year ago is, “It’s not who you know; it’s who knows you’ because it’s about getting your work out there and getting people to see your work and be able to do it,” Nyquist said.

Fortunately, Nyquist was able to invite several guest speakers to Washburn, including Robert Hurst, director and professor of film and video production at the University of Kansas, as well as award-winning filmmaker Anna Elizabeth James.

Nyquist emphasizes that any student, regardless of major, is invited to all WFA panels and is welcome to join their organization.

Edited by: LeSha’ Davis, Justin Shepard