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Hilton Carter

BFA, General Fine Arts

Class of 2002

Moth, the first short film by MICA alumnus Hilton Carter '02 (general fine arts), had earned him a spot as a top five finalist for HBO's Short Film Award, had been picked up by the network and begun airing February of last year. The award, created in conjunction with the American Black Film Festival, honors the talents of emerging black filmmakers.

Described as a "stellar first short" by The Baltimore Sun, Moth depicts one night in the life of a young actress who flies from New York to Los Angeles for a job. "The night she flies in, she finds herself in a strange predicament based on her own decisions and lifestyles," Carter said.

MOTH from Hilton Carter on Vimeo.

Moth, he said, stems from fundamental lessons about storytelling he learned as a student at MICA. "I learned there's so much story and so much happening in one frame of art," he said.

In his film, he aspired to recreate the feelings of awe and wonder that great works of art often elicit in viewers. Carter is grateful for the exposure Moth had received and hopes HBO's name recognition will help secure funding for his current projects, which include another short film and a biopic.