Documentary Filmmaker Tyler Besh ‘09 came back to CC to speak to Mrs. Jennifer Teed’s film production classes about his new documentary, A Techno Tragedy, and share an early cut of the film.
What began as a news story for public access television highlighting the underground techno music scene in Tucson, Arizona became a larger documentary when Besh realized there was a larger story to tell.
“There was so much more to tell about Tucson sort of outgrowing the things that made it so special in the first place,” said Besh.
Besh graduated from Catholic Central in 2009 and began his career in filmmaking after graduating from University of Arizona in 2013 where he studied journalism and media arts.
“The storytelling aspect has always been the most important part for me,” said Besh, “one of my favorite classes at CC was creative writing with Mr. Griffin. I learned so much about how to frame a good narrative in that class, stuff that I still use in my day to day life as a filmmaker.”
Besh shared insights with students on how to break into filmmaking out of high school and college and also took time to hear what short film projects CC students were working on in their class. He emphasized that being a hard worker and a good person were most crucial when forming relationships with professionals in the film industry.
“Producers and directors want to work with people that they like and know they can rely on. You end up spending 10-12 hour days on set with these people, you want to have fun and know everyone has your back,” said Besh, “That’s what I always loved about Catholic Central is that this school drives home the importance not just being book smart but being a good person because that pays off in big ways. You will climb the ladder quickly being a good person.”
A Techno Tragedy, a documentary short, was filmed 2016-2018 in Tucson, Arizona.
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