Film Student Wins Opera Company of Philadelphia Competition

Second place and honorable mentions also go to UArts students

February 10, 2012

"To Pleasure's Intoxication Yield," a short film by Nikkita Hamar Patterson '13 (Film/Video), was the PNC Grand Prize winner of $2,500 in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's city-wide student film competition. The competition called for students to create an adventure-based silent film, set to some of opera's most memorable melodies. Patterson's work was screened at the Opera Company's annual fundraising gala, the Black & White Ball.

Set to "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" from Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata," "To Pleasure's Intoxication Yield" was the unanimous first-prize choice of the film panel for its daring interpretation of the famous drinking chorus. Patterson's artist's statement calls the aria "a song of love, drinking, some more love and some more drinking." Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea, part of the distinguished film panel that selected the winners, wrote of the film: "Crazy costuming, deft editing, a bold sense of humor in a rich and raucous celebration of excess. Let them eat cake!"

Amanda Conlan '13 (Film/Video) received runner-up honors for her mysterious and surprising "Le Perle Ambite." An untitled work set to "Dio! mi potevi scagliar" from Verdi's "Otello" by Rebecca Adair '12 (Photography) and "Ô vision! Ô rêve!" by Michael Mizrahi '14 (Film/Video) both received honorable mentions.

In addition to Rea, judges for the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Student Film Competition included Robert B. Driver, artistic director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Michael Lerman, artistic director of the Philadelphia Film Society; Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; and Nick Stuccio, production director of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe.

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