By Karen Johnson, JSU mass communications student
Charli D. Holbrook wrote, directed and edited “Perception,” which will be shown at the Malco Grandview Cinema 17 in Madison, Miss., at 11:20 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. April 2.
The nine-minute short film is one of seven Mississippi student films that will be screened in the Jackson metro area April 1-3 during the festival.
Holbrook, 23, who studied broadcast production at JSU, is pursuing an M.F.A. in film and media studies at Howard University.
“The film took lots of time and planning,” said Holbrook, a Clinton, Miss., native, who shot the film in Washington, D.C., near the Howard campus.
“It’s a psychological mystery about a teenage babysitter battling between what’s real and superficial,” she said.
Holbrook cites “La, Jetee,” a 1962 French film, as her inspiration for “Perception.”
The film also will air at the JSU International Week Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the JSU Student Center Theater. The success of “Perception” has motivated Holbrook to push harder toward her ultimate goal: to one day land a job at one of the big production companies.