GVSU Professor Wins Award for Film Premiered in Chicago

GVSU assistant professor Marie Ullrich directed the film The Alley Cat that premiered in Chicago at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival where it won The Chicago Award.

The Alley Cat depicts a girl leaving an alley cat race (an underground bike messenger race) to go on a spontaneous journey through the streets of Chicago. Ullrich talked about what motivated her to make this film.

“I wanted to make a film about a female character for whom neither the essential problem nor its resolution was a romance,” said Ullrich. “Not that romance isn’t important, but it’s not the only, or even the most important, factor in women’s’ lives, and it shouldn’t be the only story that gets told.”

Creating a film isn’t easy work. Ullrich touched on one difficult aspect about making The Alley Cat.

“The whole night shoot thing,” said Ullrich. “The story takes place mostly at night, which meant we were going to bed by around 9 or 10 a.m. and getting up at 4 or 5 p.m. to start our days. I’m more of a morning person, but I was just running on adrenaline anyway.”

The Alley Cat is not currently available online. When it is available, it will be announced on the website and on the social media channels.

More information about the 50th Chicago International Film Festival award winners is available at http://www.suntimes.com/30508791-761/the-president-wins-top-prize-at-chicago-film-fest.html.Jenny STRUBIN in The Alley Cat 4