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News Release: Pomona College Senior Has Film Accepted to Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Competition

Ian Carr '10
A still shot from "Shelley"

A still shot from "Shelley"

Ian Carr, a senior at Pomona College, is the producer of the short film, “Shelley,” one of only 13 films selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation competition, which features short films by students who are usually in graduate programs. According to the Cannes website, there are a little over 1,500 applicants every year. This year, only two of the 13 films selected are from the United States.

Carr made the film with childhood friend Andrew Wesman, a senior at Harvard University, last summer as part of Wesman’s thesis for Harvard. Their partnership as producer and director has developed over the many films, including the short “A Song for Our Lady,” which was filmed while they were in high school and showed at California’s Mill Valley Film Festival.

In the 21-minute film “Shelley,” a 14-year-old girl commits a horrendous act. The main story is the psychological and emotional aftermath and how it effects the relationship between the girl and her boyfriend. Wesman penned the script based on the original story co-written by Carr.

“It’s about how two people can share a single event and have completely different responses to it and how it can end up driving them apart,” says Carr. “It’s a very quiet film, not a lot of dialogue. And while there are some sensational aspects, it’s not a violent film. It’s about the aftermath.” (Trailer available at

Pomona College will host a screening of "Shelley," followed by a Q&A with Carr on Monday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in the Smith Campus Center (170 E. 6th St, Claremont).

For Carr, his computer science major has been invaluable for his filmmaking. “The problem-solving skills that I’ve learned in the CS Department--they directly translate into [film-making] because films really are just a series of problems that you have to solve.”

As the pair worked to convert their digital movie into 35mm for Cannes, they received a “really positive response,” says Carr. Deluxe, a well-known post-production company, helped with the color timing of the film. The sound engineer who did their engineering had recently worked on Avatar and Where the Wild Things Are. “It was such an honor to just be talking to these people,” says Carr.

The day after graduation, Carr will drive back to his hometown of San Francisco and hop a plane for France to attend the festival. “It’s ending college with something of a bang,” says Carr. “It’s going to be interesting. It’s definitely a whole new level of senioritis.”


Cynthia Peters
Director, Media Relations
Pomona College
(909) 621-8515

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