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September 2, 2015 THE OAKWOOD REGISTER Vol. 24, No. 35 September 2, 2015 www.oakwoodregister.com Premiering at Montreal Film Festival, OHS alum filmmaker examines L.A. race relations Former Oakwoodite and filmmak- er Robert Nyerges (OHS '07) took a stroll down the red carpet at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival on Tuesday as he premiered his new film April's Way, which examines race relations in Los Angeles. Nyerges said the short film was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and is aimed at shining light on the struggle Korean-American merchants faced at the onset of civil unrest while exploring racial and moral dilemmas at the epicenter of humanity. April's Way premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 1. A second screen- ing of the film is scheduled for the festival's final day, Monday, Sept. 7. The short film, directed and pro- duced by Los Angeles-based film- makers, was one of 2,000 films reviewed by a jury before being selected into the festival. The roughly seven-minute film, named after the tumultuous month in central Los Angeles after the con- troversial Rodney King trial verdict April 29, 1992, offers a vignette into a Korean storeowner's balancing act between taking up arms against looters and protecting his family. A variety of rioters present unique chal- lenges to the store owner who wants his business to survive while holding onto his wife and daughter and his own rationality. The movie, set in 1992, was shot on 35mm film to add to the authen- ticity of the time period in which the events unfolded, an aspect director and screenwriter Nyerges was intent on to show the timelessness of ongo- ing racial distrust and civil unrest. "I wanted to keep it honest with the 1992 time period. It was import- ant to show that this is still happen- ing," Nyerges said. "There's this cyclical process of racism. This is still happening, and it's really dis- heartening." The idea for the film spawned in 2013 but it wasn't until the police killing of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo. and the subsequent public outcry when Nyerges knew it was a short film worth pursuing. "Rodney King said it best when he said, 'Can't we all just get along?'" Nyerges explained. "Maybe this is what it takes, for people to see the uglier side of humanity." Scouting for locations, Nyerges and producer Matt Hardman found one of the Korean markets that had been looted, vandalized and burned to the ground during the rioting, forc- ing the store owners to rebuild and reopen years later. Filming inside a Korean-owned business that had been impacted so severely by the rioting was vital to the success of the film, Nyerges said. April's Way's selection into the Montreal Film Festival is fitting with the festival's vision to promote a diverse selection of independent films. "An institution recognized by cineastes the world over, this great cinematic institution has always worked hard to assure its perennially. Volleyball Victors Photo by Leon Chuck The Jills volleyball bench erupts in celebration as the Jills score the final point in game four to defeat Dixie 3-1 in their season home opener. Local dry cleaners robbed; suspect arrested after attempting to flee on a bicycle A 52-year-old woman faces two counts of robbery after allegedly attempting to rob Fountain Square Dry Cleaners at 426 Patterson Road last Wednesday morning. Police reported that around 11 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 26, Juanita Brookins entered the dry clean- ers and demanded money before fleeing the scene on a bicy- cle. Brookins was apprehended within minutes a short distance from the store. Police reported recovering a plastic bag con- taining an undisclosed amount of money. Brookins was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where she faces two counts of robbery. Robert Nyerges See Film on page 4 u

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