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Student-produced short films to premiere April 27

Apr 25, 2013

The film crew "Asleep In The Deep" shoots a scene outside Nashville, Tennessee. / Provided photos

Student-produced short films to premiere April 27

 
By Kerry Tuttle

ATHENS, Ohio (April 25, 2013)—Four short films that have been in development and production for over a year will have their Athens premiere at Mitchell Auditorium in Siegfred Hall this Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. More than 75 students worked on this year’s projects.

“Asleep In the Deep,” based on a short story by Arthur P. Davis, was shot over spring break in and around Nashville.

“Monhegan Light,” adapted from a story by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, spent a week shooting on Maine’s Monhegan Island. Each production team raised more than $15,000 to pay for their films.

"Asleep In The Deep" Director Jessica Rovniak said, “It’s happy and sentimental all in one moment to see so much hard work pay off right before your eyes."

A fourth film, “Home for Hari Raya,” will also be screened. This project represents the first international production effort by students from MDIA. Based on a short story by American expat Robert Raymer, the film was shot over winter break in Malaysia in cooperation with Universiti Teknologi MARA. Fourteen MDIA students worked with twelve students from UiTM’s faculty of Film, Animation and Theater, and an allMalay cast.

“This was a unique cross-cultural collaboration,” said associate professor Frederick Lewis, who developed the Malaysia project as an Education Abroad program and who also oversees MDIA 4719.

“Monhegan Light,” adapted from a story by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, spent a week shooting on Maine’s Monhegan Island. Each production team raised more than $15,000 to pay for their films.

Produced in MDIA 4719, aka “419,” an advanced narrative production class in the School of Media Arts & Studies, this year’s projects mark a milestone. This was the first year that two projects were produced completely or largely out of state in the same year—in Tennessee and Maine.

To learn more about the School of Media Arts and Studies, visit www.mediaschool.ohio.edu.