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Students' films to play in Baker University Center Theatre

ATHENS, Ohio (March 7, 2007) -- Ohio University's School of Film invites the public to attend a screening for five students' second-year films, 7 to 10 p.m., Sunday, March 11, in the Baker University Center Theatre.

Four master's of fine arts students and one HTC student will show their 15- to 20-minute films, called shorts. One exception to the length is Mark Sewards' film titled "Whereabouts Unknown." It runs about 35 minutes.

"The film is about two soldiers who desert their unit in a Middle Eastern country and go on a spiritual journey trying to find their way out of the foreign region," said Sewards, now a third-year student.

Sewards, who plans to be a cinematographer and then make his own films, said, "It was the biggest film I've made. It took a large crew, so I learned about crew management. Overall, it was a part of me starting to develop from experimental film into narrative film."

The other master's students whose films will be screened are Melissa Forte, Manny Fonseca and Ryosuke Kawanaka. Nick Maistros, an HTC student, will also present his film. 

The venue at the new Baker Center will be a change for the usual screenings. "It's terrific, much, much better than anything else we've used," said Jody Lamb, director of the School of Film. "Formerly, we used Siegfried and Mitchell Auditorium. It's a major step up the food chain from that. We'll hopefully have a good turn out from film students just to see the space."

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