Rose Hill Student Premieres Film Project

“Night” makes audience analyze its deeper meaning.


Sarah Bailey

Cast members of the movie “Night” answer questions from the audience at the film’s premiere on September 15.

Lydia Kimble, Writer, The Rocket Press

On September 15 the premiere of the movie “Night” was shown, which was written and directed by Micah Streeter.

Starring in this production are Michael Diaz, Kyle Francis, Devin McMains, Skylar Nichols, Logan Krause, Trenton Tabor, Streeter, and Anna Fiegenbaum.

“My sophomore year there was this morning where Micah, said hey that script I told you about I have it, I kinda wrote (the character) Matt for you,” said Diaz. “I really loved the script, so I signed up for it not knowing the two and a half years it would take to get finished.”

“Night” was shot at Streeter’s house, and Rose Hill café, Louis, where the owner would let them go in after hours and film. A few of the shots were through the streets of Rose Hill.

It was filmed over the last two and a half years. Streeter started writing the script in January 2016 until March of this year. The first day of shooting was in June 2016, and they did not stop filming until May 2017, and then Streeter and Blaise Webster edited until August.

“It’s a movie that the way it’s made and the way it is told nonlinearly, it can easily just be lost on people and it just goes over some peoples head,” said Diaz. “I think Micah did a really good job of being able to connect with the movie.

The idea of “Night,” came from three places, the initial one being this feeling of not being able to communicate with someone and how people do not say what is on their mind or heart.

The second idea was about technology, social media and how we communicate. Social media can make it easier to not say what is on your mind, or if you have something really important too say you text them instead.

“Then the song, ‘The Sound of Silence,’(by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel) it had a lot of images and a lot of lyrics that of related to those things,” said Streeter. “About like how humans communicating or not communicating in a natural way. And how this sort of outside force was adding, the outside force in this case being technology. Kind of making communication not as human, sort of dehumanizing it, that’s what, came together.”

Streeter hoped the film would challenge the audience in deeply thinking about the film’s meaning.

“But you come out of it talking about what do you think that meant and you really analyze the story, and you really are involved in the story, and involved in trying to figure what going on in the film,” said Streeter. “So I’m really proud of the fact that it is a real movie, but it definitely feels like that so I’m proud of it.”