National University

Alumnus Director Receives Distribution Offers on Award-Winning Film

 Alumnus Paul DeNigris (MFA, Digital Cinema, 2012), an award-winning filmmaker and film educator with two decades of experience in creating motion pictures for the big and small screen, has received multiple offers of paid distribution for his film, Parallax, which he wrote, directed and produced as a thesis film in partial completion of his degree at National University.

DeNigris is Professor of Digital Video at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. His students have gone on to work on such television series as Game of Thrones, Life on Mars, Justified, and Battlestar Galactica, and on feature films such as Flightplan and Avatar.

The film Parallax, is about a U.S. Army infantryman with a hatred for all Arabs, who is injured in a convoy ambush and rescued by an Iraqi civilian and his son. As the three of them hide from the insurgents, the infantryman learns that his prejudices and his hatred have been misplaced and comes to respect his rescuers as human beings.

Parallax has appeared as an official selection at 11 film festivals in the past four years and has won the following awards:

2012 BEST ARIZONA SHORT (Phoenix Film Festival)
2013 Best Drama (Love Your Shorts Film Festival)
2013 Best Narrative Short (Peace on Earth Film Festival)

DeNigris’ film was also a featured presentation at the 2012 National University Student Scholarship Conference put on by the Research Council. It was released in IndieFlix in July.