University of Colorado student wrote, directed and produced a feature-length film for his masters thesis, Somewhere West.
“It’s a huge project. Period,” said Marek of Traverse City, Michigan. “To do it for my master’s thesis, well, that was pretty incredible. We pretty much had a working crew of four people. That’s basically unheard of.”
Internationally recognized filmmaker and CU professor Phil Solomon said “Somewhere West” is one of the most remarkable student films he’s ever seen.
“I rarely have a real emotional involvement with student films,” said Solomon. “But in Dave’s case, I was lost in the film immediately. I luxuriated spending time in that world.”
Somewhere West is a travel film “that explores the human spirit with emotional breadth and quiet subtlety.” The main character, Ian is a terminally ill man who decides to opt out of spending his last days on Earth being treated in a hospital. Instead he embarks on an American road trip, a journey to live in every moment and a journey in search of somewhere perfect to live his final moments.
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