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Project Nano: With Filmmaker in Residence Mark Covino

For the first time, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab Project Nano takes on documentary filmmaking, with Wichita’s rich art and cultural scene as the subject. The weekend-long short filmmaking program returns August 28th-30th with Filmmaker in Residence, Mark Covino, an acclaimed documentarian whose feature film A BAND CALLED DEATH won the Audience Award at South by Southwet and screened at the Tallgrass Film Festival in 2013.

With an emphasis on interview techniques and storytelling, students will learn about the art of independent documentary filmmaking through Covino’s lens. The hands-on workshop gives them the opportunity to create a short film that explores and celebrates the diverse talent and unique attractions located in our backyard, while introducing future visiting filmmakers to Wichita and the Tallgrass Film Festival, from the point of view of locals and visitors alike. It also teaches students how to create films on a micro-budget.

Project Nano is open to filmmakers of all ages, with all levels of experience, who want to learn and practice the craft of filmmaking. The end result of Project Nano will include a completed short film. Space is limited to ten students and advanced registration is required. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. Registration is $175 GA or $150 for students/seniors. (Enrolled students will participate in pre-production meetings with Covino during the first week of August. Location & schedule information will be emailed to all registered participants. Lunch and craft service included.)

Previous Project Nano filmmaking workshop have been lead by alumni filmmakers James Choi and Morgan Nichols.

About Mark Covino

Originally from Queens, NY, Mark fell in love with film at an early age. By the time he was a student at Eastern Suffolk B.O.C.E.S., he was honing the skills he would need to make the leap from high school student to filmmaker. Soon after, Mark moved to Vermont to attend college, earning a BA in Cinema Studies and Film production in 2006.

While working towards his undergraduate degree, he became heavily active in the Vermont filmmaking community working on productions such as Unless a Death Occurs: Hazing Examined for PBS, Rally-Nation (a pilot optioned for ESPN 2), as well as the highly acclaimed Black Panther documentary What We Want, What We Believe. In 2012 Mark’s first feature film A Band Called Death premièred at the Los Angeles Film Festival and subsequently won the audience award at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival. The film was acquired by Drafthouse Films shortly after.

In 2014 Mark taught film classes at Burlington College and now teaches documentary workshops across America. He is currently in post-production for his most recent documentary THE CREST.