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TV/Film Faculty Nominated for Best Drama at Oregon Short Film Festival

by Jenn Marinello Mar 20, 2018
Labuda-Center at DeSales

"Prep Talk", a short film co-directed by TV/Film faculty member Michael Wagner, was nominated for Best Drama at this year's Oregon Short Film Festival.

The coming-of-age drama about four teenage friends discussing the highs and lows of their high school experience was almost entirely crewed by DeSales students and alumni.

"Prep Talk" was one of 10 shorts nominated for Best Drama at this festival set in Portland. Professor Wagner, who was also the film's cinematographer and co-editor, said he felt like OSFF was a good fit for the 8-min short.

"The excitement for the film was a two way street for us and the film festival itself," says Wagner. The event is a "collaboration between artists" and an opportunity for shorts to branch out into a wider, national profile.

Films shot by faculty in collaboration with students are not the norm, yet faculty at DeSales regularly produce film projects with students. "I love the bonding opportunity it creates bringing my students on set to work together with faculty, alumni, and staff.

"Prep Talk" has screened at many festivals over the past year, including Los Angeles Cinequest and the Miami Independent FF, as well as local fests in Reading, Bethlehem (SouthSide FF), and Easton's Movies At The Mill.

The short drama will continue touring national and international festivals through 2018.