University of Colorado senior Anthony Hull is uncomfortable with the title “director.”
While he feels fine in front of the camera — he was the host of the Fox Sports Net high school sports show “Get Juked” — Hull’s first directing and production credit comes in the short documentary “In Passing.”
What: “In Passing”
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: ATLAS building, Rooms 100 and 102, CU campus, Boulder
“I never did this with that intention,” Hull said. ” I just wanted people to know these stories.”
“In Passing” premieres at 7 p.m. Friday in the ATLAS building on the CU campus. It is free and open to the public.
The film focuses on the effects four CU students and alumni have had on the CU community while largely blending in with a student body of 30,000.
“I think it’s something that students think about a lot.” Hull said. “If you reach out, you never know what people can do for you.”
One of the film’s stories is that of Ethan Johnston. The CU sophomore emigrated from Ethiopia after he was intentionally blinded at the age of 6 and forced to beg on the streets by men who promised to educate him.
“When I talk to people about him they think he’s just some black kid that’s blind, but his story is so much more than that,” Hull said. “I get life perspective from Ethan.”
The film, funded primarily by the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society program, was shot and edited completely by CU film students Tyler Adams and Ryan Simpson.
“You look at some of those shots, they’re just so beautiful,” Hull said of the work put in by his fellow students.
Special production assitance was provided by Maria Genao-Homs, who Hull personally asked to help out on the project. She received her master’s in broadcast from CU last spring.
“It’s funny because we talked about collaborating at this time last year,” Genao-Homs said. “He (Hull) asked me to come on and I could not say no. I thought it was such a great concept.”
Genao-Homs, who has served on production teams for NBC-Universal, MTV Networks and Sony Pictures, said she is hoping for a large turn-out Friday so the film’s message reaches as many people as possible.
“You may cry and you will definitely laugh but most of all it will make you think about your impact.” she said of the film. “If you don’t connect with people you’ll never know what impact they’ll have on your life or you’ll have on theirs, and that’s the whole point.”