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W James '19 (left) and Anica Popadic '20 (right) at the 5th Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival.

Florida Southern Thesis Film “A Dream of Us” Screens at 5th Festival

Dec 18, 2019
Assistant Professor of Film

Florida Southern College Alumnus, W James, screened his film, A Dream of Us, at its Fifth national festival Saturday, December 7, 2019. Director of Photography and Senior, Anica Popadic, was also in attendance at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. James wrote, produced, and edited his film with the help of numerous Florida Southern College film students during his senior year.

“I’m grateful for the support and dedication of my entire cast and crew at Florida Southern.”
W James '19

During the Q and A session, James described how the most difficult and important part of the process was translating every single moment from the page to the screen.

“Every choice was at service to the story,” James said.

While most filmmakers talked about their technical difficulties on set, James spoke of the importance of story and representation on screen.

“I’m grateful for the support and dedication of my entire cast and crew at Florida Southern. I wouldn’t have been able to make this story happen without them.” 

Florida Southern Theatre Alumni, Kianna Jackson and Zach Holmer star in the film.

James is in his first year at the University of Miami in pursuit of an MFA in Motion Pictures. At Miami, he has been on set every weekend while having the opportunity to create his own original work. After completing his MFA, he aspires to continue his career as an independent filmmaker and college professor.

For more information on the program visit or contact Matthew Herbertz, Assistant Professor of Film at