We are pleased to announce that LKT's first Member of the Week is Laura Gede! Laura is apart of our Mu class, joining in the fall of 2013. She was recently elected Co-President of LKT, and just released her first short film, “Doors Left Open”.
Q: Congratulations on being elected Co-President of LKT for the spring semester! What are you most excited about in holding this position?
A: I think the most exciting part of being Co-President is that I get to really leave my mark on this group in a big way. Everyone who joins has a chance to do this and totally can without even being on E-Board, but being able to implement my own as well as my peers' ideas about how this group should function on an executive level is really exciting to me. I really think that LKT could evolve into something great not only for it's members but for the Towson community as well and I would love to help make it that.
Q: What goals do you have for LKT this semester?
A: My goals for this semester I have split internally and externally. My big internal goal is to get things running more efficiently so we are organized and have a bit more structure. Of course, this isn't school and we shouldn't treat it that way, but the more structure we have in the way we run meetings and hold events, the more we can accomplish as a group. Externally, I would like to reach out to COFAC and other groups of artistic people in the area. There are so many talented people at Towson and in the Towson/Baltimore area that many of us do not know or work with. Not everyone wants to be in LKT and that's perfectly fine, it's not for everyone, but that doesn't mean that we can't create awesome things with those people. Everyone has a new perspective to bring to the table and when it comes to art, you want to hear all of it.
Q: You recently released a short film that also happens to be your directorial and writing debut! Can you tell us a little about it?
A: “Doors Left Open” is a piece that I wrote in a short story narrative format about a year ago. It was a little piece in my journal that I was pretty sure was just going to rot there, but it really meant a lot to me. The story is a very basic story that a lot of people can relate to. In my opinion, and I guess this is a spoiler if you haven't seen the end of the piece; art really can heal a person in a wonderful and profound way.
This past summer I realized that I hadn't actually made my own film at Towson, just helped others on their films and while it's important to help others, making your own work is just as important. I started digging through all of my written pieces to find something I could translate into a script and I finally found “Doors Left Open”. I realized this was the perfect place to start because it was a simple story that I truly believed in and was passionate about its message. I quickly put it in script format and began sending it to people. After I did my revisions I quickly assembled a team of people and just shot it. It was an awesome experience and I really learned a lot. I worked with such an amazing group of people and I can't thank them enough for all of the hours and effort they put into it.
Q: Any projects you plan on working on in the near future?
A: I'm currently writing a piece that's supposed to be a bit longer than my last, and this time actually has dialogue. Besides that I have Film 2 coming up this semester as well as some bigger scale design work in the theatre department for our Main Stage shows.
Check back next week for another Member of the Week! In the meantime, you can find Laura's short film, “Doors Left Open”, here for your viewing pleasure.