GCC Student’s Film Makes Waves at Festivals

GROVE CITY, Pa. – A movie documenting the life of a Canadian artist by a student at Grove City College is picking up accolades at film festivals.

Nicholas Mullins wrote, filmed and produced the 13-minute documentary on Jean Claude Roy, an artist from New Foundland,  Canada. The film, “Tous les Jours” – French for “All the Days” – was filmed over 10 days earlier this year.

Mullins’ first exposure to Roy’s works came from home, where his parents had a painting by the Canadian artist displayed. The Grove City College student, a native of Savannah, Ga., started filming at 7 using his dad’s camcorder, and made his first short film his sophomore year of high school.

“I have a passion for telling people’s stories, which developed into a love for documentary film,” Mullins said in a statement. “Every town and country has beautiful stories like Jean Claude’s, as he says in the film, ‘you just have to look to find it.”

Nicholas Mullins

The film was shown earlier this year at a traveling exhibit featuring Roy’s work, with stops in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. “Tous les Jours” won the People’s Choice Awards at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ James River Film Society Short Film Showcase and has been nominated for Best Student Film by the Pennsylvania Indie Short Film Festivals and Best Documentary at The Monthly Film Festival’s November competition.

“Tous les Jours” was released Nov. 16 on Vimeo and Amazon Prime. It is also available on DVD with five minutes of extra footage of Roy painting at sites across his native New Foundland.

Mullins, set to graduate in 2021, majors in communication and visual arts at Grove City College. He was aided by professor Gregory Bandy and recent alumna Hannah Stiller, who reviewed early cuts of the film. 

Source: Grove City College

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.