SFUAD Film Student to Show Longshotsville at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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Santa Fe, N.M.—October 19, 2016—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Film School student Jody

McNicholas will show Longshotsville, a film about a community of actors pursuing their passions in Taos, New Mexico, at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Showings will be held October 20 and 21 at 4 p.m. at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in downtown Santa Fe.

The idea for the film came to McNicholas when she attended Metta Theatre for an artists’ workshop. She was immediately captivated by the actors around her. The documentary centers on five artists whose plans frequently change, allowing viewers to witness the act of pursuing their passions.

McNicholas, who is the owner of Walk-in-Productions based in Taos, is also the recent recipient of a New Mexico Women in Film Scholarship, which she will use to distribute the film. The organization has also inspired her through its panels on directing, mentoring and networking.

McNicholas is deeply invested in her education. She was also recently accepted as a junior in the Film School at SFUAD. Now 50, McNicholas says she chose to return to school to pursue her BFA in Film with a focus on Post Production to fuel her passion for filmmaking by polishing her technical skills.

“I am grateful to be starting my journey at Santa Fe University of Art and Design,” she said. “I wish to make a larger impact as a filmmaker by not only developing my storytelling abilities, but also to obtain the technical training and mentorship that will take those stories to the next level. I am having the ride of my life!”

For more information and to preview Longshotsville, visit

For more information on SFUAD or to interview film student Jody McNicholas, contact Rachael Lighty at 1-505-473-6440 or

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design:

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in business, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. SFUAD boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


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