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DeSales Presents 17th Annual Film Festival

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski | Mar 07, 2017

The Division of Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 17th annual Film Festival playing Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 PM in the Main Stage Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

2017 DeSales University FilmfestFeaturing a world premiere slate of creative, intelligent, and entertaining student films produced by TV/Film students, the Film Festival screens works written, directed, and produced by TV/Film majors ranging from narrative film to music videos and everything in between. This year’s festival showcases why the DeSales TV/Film program is considered the leader in media studies in the Lehigh Valley.

“The 2017 Film Festival features a slate of nine short films—narratives, documentaries, and dance-on-camera music videos—that span many genres and showcase the best of our students’ work over the past year” says Mike Wagner, Assistant Professor of TV/Film. “You’ll surely laugh a lot, possibly cry a little, but mostly I believe you’ll be constantly impressed by the talent, vision, and voices of the next generation of filmmakers from DeSales University.

“We bring in professional adjudicators who judge the festival,” says John Bell, head of the division of performing arts.  “They have noted the compelling and wonderfully experimental nature of the work. Students have been praised for their commitment to established crafts of filmmaking but also for their vigorous exploration of new techniques. Seeing their work big, projected in front of an audience instead of on computers in a lab or classroom is an invaluable learning experience for the students.”

This year’s festival celebrates the fruits of the students’ yearlong labor as screenwriters, directors, actors, cinematographers, editors, dancers, and musicians and their slate of witty, compelling, and powerful films are competing for “Best in Show,” “Honorable Mention,” and the popular “Audience Choice” award.

This year’s festival will feature alumni Nick Lallo and Monica Lickona’s “Grief” about a college freshman confronting the loss of his high school love. Senior Tate Steinberg’s “Bath Time” is about a young man who wakes up in his bathtub who must come to terms with himself for the truth to rise to the surface.  Steinberg also collaborated with senior Lindsay Driscoll on “Oxidation,” a dance on camera film which follows the torment caused by a torn relationship.

“The Greatest Movie of All Time” by Tate Steinberg and senior CJ Bamert is about a new cinematic classic being pitched to a pair of executives. Sophomore Karl Bohn’s “Transplant Heaven” is about a loving husband, father and grandfather who, upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, employed a positive attitude to prepare his body and mind for the long enduring process back to health. Bohn’s “Shankweiler’s Drive-In” features Paul and Susan Geissinger, the devoted owners of the country’s oldest continuously operating drive-in theatre, as they fight to stay open in the harshest of economic times.

Senior Andy Diangelis’ “Commerical Crabbermen” is a short documentary about the exciting and often unseen world of professional crabbing off a small town on Barnegat Bay. Juniors Kyle Cognetti and Amanda Seemayer’ “Wraith” is a dance film work that explores the power of memories in the process of grieving. Juniors Thomas Clark and Tyler Sherman’s “Compulsion” is a dance film which comments upon the struggles and pain of substance abuse and addiction.

The DeSales University Student Film Festival takes place on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Labuda Center box office at 610-282-3192 or by visiting the web site at

The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.

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