“Lost Colony,” written, directed and produced by UNCG alumnus Christopher Holmes ’05 MFA, has been shown at prestigious film festivals in Boston, Portland and across the Southeast. Next week, however, the film will be shown on the very campus where it got its start a decade ago.
“Lost Colony” will be shown Thurs., Dec. 3, in UNCG’s Brown Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and the showing will be followed by a Q&A with Holmes.
Set in North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks, “Lost Colony” is a coming of age story about how a teen navigates through the transition from adolescence to adulthood and his relationship with his overprotective and controlling mother, as well as his pregnant girlfriend.
“Lost Colony” was born out of a writing prompt Holmes was given in one of his classes at UNCG while he was working on his MFA in film and video production. Holmes wrote a short version of the script for that class. The summer after graduation, Holmes expanded the script to be feature length.
“Lost Colony” has certainly been a labor of love. Holmes spent years trying to find funding for film, working two jobs, sending it to development institutions and applying for grants. When the funding finally came through, Holmes started the casting process. Filming began in September 2013. Holmes, his crew and the actors spent 17 days on the Outer Banks filming, and then “Lost Colony” spent a year and a half in post-production.
Now it’s ready to be shown to audiences around the nation. And what better place to show “Lost Colony” than the place it got its start?
“It (UNCG) was a really important place in my development as an artist,” he said, adding that he’s excited to meet students and to reconnect with the professors he had as a student.
Holmes said it’s “a relief” to finally wrap up this project. Not only was it “very fulfilling,” but he now feels free to work on new projects as well.
“I’m really proud of the work,” he said. “I think it’s a really tremendous piece.”
In addition to being a filmmaker, Holmes is the program coordinator for the annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. He also served as a visiting professor in UNCG’s Department of Media Studies during the 2006-07 academic year.
Learn more about the film at www.lostcolonyfilm.com.
By Jeanie Groh
Visual from the film courtesy Christopher Holmes