Endicott alumnus Elliot Trubowitz presented his senior thesis documentary Kilroy was Here at the Independent Film Festival Boston student showcase on Saturday, April 27. Trubowitz graduated from the School of Communication with a concentration in digital film in 2018.
For his senior thesis, Trubowitz created a documentary inspired by films such as Koyaanisqatsi and Rain that use, he explained, “non-linear storytelling, poetic editing style, and the thorough examination of the setting.” The documentary uses different film styles to portray scenery of graffiti in the surrounding Boston area.
On top of these films’ inspiration, Trubowitz credits his sophomore year photography class -- and one project in particular -- with influencing hisdocumentary. As he worked on that project, he discovered graffiti in Beverly as well as in the abandoned mills in the Lawrence and Lowell area. The graffiti introduced him to an idea of “urban exploration” and the rest is history, he said.
Trubowitz said he is extremely grateful and humbled to have been included in the IFF Boston student showcase. The only other word that comes to mind, he added, is “honored.”
“All the films to come out of the graduating class of 2018 were amazing and could have been selected, I am just happy to be able to represent Endicott and myself as filmmaker alongside others at the event,” Trubowitz said.
The recent alum relied on two professors in particular during his journey of Thesis I and Thesis II: Dr. Laurel Hellerstein, Dean of the School of Communication and Ellie Pye, Director of the Digital Media Center and his professor for Thesis II.
Dean Hellerstein was helpful in narrowing in on his broader topic, he said. “She helped me focus my idea into a singular direction, which allowed a more cohesive story to form,” Trubowitz said.
Pye was extremely helpful throughout the filming process of Kilroy was Here. She made sure he was on top of his deadlines and was extremely helpful in terms of filming equipment. Through the help of his professors and photography class inspiration he was able to select a specific documentary type.
Each year Endicott Digital Filmmaking students create a documentary. When asked what advice he had for these future students as they begin their projects, Trubowitz said, “Don’t hold back. This is your chance to show everyone what you can do… Don’t take the easy route and pick something ‘safe,’ take a risk, bet on yourself.”
If you would like to check out Trubowitz’s documentary, Kilroy was Here, you can log into https://endicott.yuja.com and search in 2018 Thesis Documentaries.