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Sugar and Spice

Photo: The film includes the installation of a Sèvres royal table using plates from the 1700s and a royal garden centerpiece made of spun sugar by culinary histo-rian Ivan Day, above left.

The film includes the installation of a Sèvres royal table using plates from the 1700s and a royal garden centerpiece made of spun sugar by culinary historian Ivan Day, above left. (Photo courtesy of Jon Malis)

Ask Christopher Richmond what he wants to do with his MFA from the School of Communication and he’ll tell you: “I want to make movies; tell stories.”

SOC’s network of industry connections and collaborative style drew the aspiring filmmaker to AU. Now, he has his first film credit.

Richmond, along with two other SOC grad students— cinematographer Jon Malis and production assistant Garrett O’Brien— and a young alumna—editor Yi Chen, SOC ’08—filmed a short for the Hillwood Museum’s exhibit, Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750–2000.

The exhibit includes more than 90 intricate works of porcelain art from the world’s preeminent porcelain factory—many never before seen by American audiences.

“You want to try to recreate the life and times represented by the pieces,” says SOC professor Maggie Burnette Stogner, the film’s executive producer. “Otherwise people look at something like a plate and all they see is the artifact.” The film, which includes an interview with Day, “helps bring the exhibit to life.”

The exhibit runs through May 30, at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, the estate of the one-time Washington socialite and General Foods heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post.