Academy of Art University Film School Alumni Featured in the Sacramento Film Festival

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Academy of Art University has led yet another alumni into creative greatness. Film School Alumni Matthew Webber created a masterpiece with "A Tailor in the Making."

A Tailor in the Making.

Academy of Art University has led yet another alumni into creative greatness. Film School Alumni Matthew Webber created a masterpiece with the film "A Tailor in the Making." The film was accepted into the 2007 Sacramento Film Festival. Webber began this project as a student at the Academy of Art University Film School, and completed it a few years after he graduated. "I had a great experience and received a thorough education at the Academy. I had great screenwriting and editing professors. It definitely helped my creative processes while making this film," said Webber.

"A Tailor in the Making" is a story about prisoners in Buchenwald, Terezin, and Auschwitz Nazi death camps creating art as a means of escape from the dehumanization forced by Nazi soldiers. Webber beautifully captures on film the story of hope in a time of evil told through the words, dreams, and paintings of Ben Altman, a survivor of five concentration camps in Poland. Webber's inspiration for the film derived from his general interest in World War II, but later discovered the sub plot of this secret and concealed artistic existence within the camps. "I was intrigued by this underground art movement that existed among some of the prisoners, and how it became the ultimate form of internal revolution for them," said Webber. Webber and his crew traveled from Germany to Poland where they were able to see and document up close some of the artwork hidden within the barracks of the concentration camps.

Matthew Webber is currently working on two new films to be released in the near future. His current film, "A Tailor in the Making" has been previously featured in the Indian Film Festival, and will also be featured in the 2007 Sacramento Film Festival, which will run from March 28th-April 1st. It is currently the most visited film on the festival's website. To see a trailer of Matthew Webber's film, visit http://www.sacramentofilmfestival.com.

Founded in 1929, Academy of Art University has grown to become the largest private, accredited art and design school in the U.S. The campus is located in downtown San Francisco with more than 9,500 students from eighty-five countries. The Academy offers accredited Associate Degree (AA), Bachelor Degree (BFA), Master Degree (MFA) in art and design. The University offers both on campus classes and online art classes.

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