The DeSales University Division of Performing Arts will present the 11th Annual Student Film Festival on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 PM in the main stage theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Order tickets online or call the Labuda Center box office at 610-282-3192.
Featuring a world premiere slate of creative, intelligent, and entertaining films, the Student Film Festival is a 90-minute screening of works written, directed, and produced by TV/Film majors ranging from short film and music videos to educational media, trailers, commercials, and much more. learn more >>
Considered by many to be a leader in media studies in the Lehigh Valley, the DeSales University TV/Film Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in television and film production with courses in screenwriting, directing, acting, cinematography, and editing.
“We believe that, at the undergraduate level, our students should be exposed to a foundation in all aspects of media production for the many varied media outlets and styles that are developing in our modern world,” says division head John Bell. “Our students are raising their voices in fun, moving, and quirky films that showcase both their talents as well as the curriculum they are studying.”
Highlights from this year’s festival include films driven by important social issues such as Quinn Vaccarino’s “Afterglow,” which is a cinematic portrayal of a prayer by the same title. Cailin Pitts offers two films: “Altered” features a mother remembering the first time she saw her daughter in an epileptic state and “Side by Side” is a documentary about fear. Elizabeth Welch and Kyle Elliott’s “Exam” explores the mental turmoil of an individual with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Films exploring the impact of our growing technologically driven society include Elizabeth Welch’s “Natural Tendency,” a found footage documentary exploring the depiction of women in televised media and “Screens” by Thomas Connors and Matthew Peck, a short film looking at how screens are both connectors to our technology and barriers to one another.
Entertainment features include a music video to the Lady Gaga hit “Bad Romance” by Christie Czerpak, and Elizabeth Welch, and Danielle Sload’s “My Dojo,” a performance documentary exploring the spiritual nature of martial arts. Caitlin Pitts, Matthew Herbertz, and Thomas Connors’ “Twenty Something’s,” is a documentary about Drew Nugent, a talented musician who embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties and “Jerry,” created by Kathryn Wallace, is about an aspiring filmmaker who finds that his passion for films gets in the way of his love life
“Generation Grand” by Stephen Abruzzese is about a first time writer, James Finnegan, who, after getting his book published, receives a negative review from critic Arthur Boyd leaving James to contemplate writing again until he faces Boyd in person. Ryan Dellaquila’s “Green” tells the story of a man who once had everything and is left with nothing except his dog after a horrible fire. He stumbles upon good luck but is willing to give it all up to save his only friend. Matthew Ferber’s “Manni” is about a small wooden mannequin who dreams of the world outside of his window and off of his stand.
On Saturday evening, March 26, the juried festival will announce the “Best of Show” and the “Honorable Mention.” Both distinctions come with a cash award to support the student filmmaker’s efforts to submit their works to national and international film festivals.
The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system sponsored by The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and Schubert Communications, Inc. 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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