November 20, 2014
Film Professor, Filmmaker is MSUM’s 11th CASE Professor of the Year
View an interview with Kyja here.
The art of filmmaking balances the big picture against the small picture details, said Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. That harmony is also central to the teaching and learning process, a balance Kristjansson-Nelson manages with sharp perspective and fluid athleticism, which is why she was named the 2014 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching during a November 20 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Kristjansson-Nelson is the 11th professor at MSU Moorhead to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation.
The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the country. Sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education.
Kristjansson-Nelson joined MSUM’s emerging film studies department in 2006. However, the Fargo South graduate started as an undergraduate at MSUM (astronomy and physics major) before transferring to pursue a film production degree. At the time, MSUM’s program did not include film production, which was added to the curriculum in 2004.
“Film combined all of the things I love—sound, design, music, science, math, light and creative writing,” said Kristjansson-Nelson. “I’m so happy to be a part of MSUM’s film program because this is the exact program I wanted when I was a student.” Read the rest of this entry →
October 27, 2014
MSUM’s Cinethusiasts Film Club hosts a screening of the silent horror classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Thursday, Oct. 30th in Glasrud Auditorium (Weld Hall) on the MSUM campus. The film will be accompanied by pipe-organ music performed by Dave Knudtson, a member of the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. The Screening will begin at 8:00pm and is FREE & open to the public. For more info contact: Tom Brandau, 218-477-2950, email@example.com Read the rest of this entry →
September 30, 2014
Freshman Music Industry student Michael Eback Gant was nominated for the Northern Ambassador European Music Tour for the summer of 2015. Gant, a bass vocalist, will tour England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany, a tour that normally costs participants $7,000. Gant’s costs will be completely covered by the program.
September 29, 2014
Artist, critic and art historian James Elkins presents a lecture titled, “How to Use Your Eyes and How Some Animals Use Them” Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium on the MSUM campus. Elkins’ lecture is part of The School of Visual Arts colloquium lecture series.
Elkins teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After obtaining his graduate degree in painting, Elkins completed his PhD in Art History in 1989 at the University of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Read the rest of this entry →
September 29, 2014
Anna Sigrídur Arnar, School of Visual Art, organized a conference panel and delivered a paper for SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) held in Antwerp, Belgium, September 17-21. The title of the panel was “A Modern Secular Cult: Artists’ Books and Explorations of the Self, Nationhood, and Civic Rites.” Arnar delivered a paper titled “The Public and Private Dimensions of the Secular Book: The Library as Work of Art in the Work of Christine Hill and Shooshie Sulaiman,” based on her summer research for a new book project called Social Spaces of the Book, “Reading” Books at Documenta and the Venice Biennale.
July 01, 2014
Several alumni from Cinema Arts & Digital Technology swept the competition at the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project earlier this month. Andrew Neill, Eric Carlson, Marcus Mann, Sam Johnson, and Craig Larson created Keeping Up with the Cloneses, which won awards for Best Film, Best Sound Design, Best Writing, Best Actress and Audience Favorite. The 48HFP took place in June. Neill, Carlson and Mann founded Two Jackets Productions, a narrative video production company in Minneapolis, in 2007.
May 28, 2014
Chance Cole, 2014, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, was hired by Pretty Bird, a studio in Los Angeles where he previously interned. He will be a production assistant with the company, which creates music videos and other media.
May 01, 2014
Please join the students and faculty of Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies for two evenings of short films produced by our graduating seniors.
The annual exhibition of Senior Seminar projects will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2 in Weld Hall’s Glasrud Auditorium. The works presented are the capstone projects of Film Studies and Film Production majors. The two nights include narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films. Read the rest of this entry →
April 21, 2014
Thursday, April 24
Fox Recital Hall
Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies is excited to hold its first biennial Spring Forward speakers panel. With a focus on the latest trends and ideas in the media arts, you’ll get the opportunity to hear first hand about professional conferences and topics in the fields of interactive multimedia, film and theater. We’ll explore how these developments relate to a cross-disciplinary approach to education. Students, faculty and the public are all invited to attend. Topics will include: Read the rest of this entry →
April 01, 2014
CADT Visiting Artist, Bill Zarchy, will hold a workshop in Cinematography and Lighting for Film and Video, Tuesday, April 1, 6-9 p.m, King Hall.
Zarchy is a professional Director of Photography who has traveled worldwide to shoot material for commercial clients, independent features, and musicians. He is based in San Francisco.
This event is free and refreshments will be served.
March 04, 2014
Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies professor Tom Brandau’s latest film, “Home Delivery,” will have it’s premiere screening Saturday, March 8 as part of the 2014 Fargo Film Festival. Set in Baltimore (1974) the film tells the story of two newspaper delivery boys (one white, one African-American) struggling with the racial divide between their adjacent neighborhoods. Written and directed by Brandau, produced by Janet Haak (Director of Study Abroad) the film also includes the talents of over a dozen current and former MSUM Film Studies students including Amber Johnson (director of photography) and Ben Efron (editor). “Home Delivery” screens this Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the Fargo Theatre.
February 26, 2014
Two films by Kyja K-Nelson, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, screened recently at the Snowdance Film Festival in Washington. K-Nelson’s films, “Look Out Point” and “Sveit,” opened the festival on February 17. The festival’s theme was “Finding Home.”
“Look Out Point” was also screened at the Milk Bar in the Sunshine Biscuit Factory in Oakland, Calif., in November. The evening included K-Nelson’s multi-channel work, as well as music, dance and installation.
February 20, 2014
Dan Nisbet, 2007 graphic communications alum, designed the paint scheme for a car that will be driven in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Nisbet designed the paint scheme and logo placement for Car #26, driven by Cole Whitt, pictured below. Since 2005, Nisbet has been working with CM2 Concepts, a firm that does design work for the NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA racing series. Working with another designer, he created the paint scheme for the car, which includes sponsor logo placement and the colors and graphics that go across the cars. Computer models show the teams and sponsors the final appearance of the car before a giant decal is printed that wraps around the car. Read the rest of this entry →
January 31, 2014
Intellectbooks has invited Dr. Anthony Adah of the CADT Department to guest edit an issue of “The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (MCP).” The theme of the summer 2014 issue is Indigenous Film and Media. Intellect is a UK-based publishing company dedicated to the fields of creative practice and popular culture.
January 22, 2014
Please join Meghan Duda, photographer and Assistant Professor in Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, at Instinct Art Gallery on Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis for the opening of Still the Sky, an exhibition featuring her work along with artists Jamie Burmeister, Eric Dubnicka, Wendy Fernstrum, Elizabeth Garvey, Ben Moren, David Sebberson, and Lynn Speaker. The reception is Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m., and the show runs through March 15. Read the rest of this entry →
January 17, 2014
By: Danielle Rebel, Marketing & Communications Intern
Deaf culture inspires award-winning student film
Miah Detjen’s first language isn’t English.
It’s not Spanish, French, German or Arabic. Her first language is American Sign Language (ASL).
Detjen, a junior film production major and English minor, grew up with a deaf father, learning to sign before she learned to speak.
When Ray Rea, MSUM professor of film/video production, asked students to make a short personal documentary, Detjen knew exactly whom she wanted to depict. Read the rest of this entry →
December 11, 2013
December 13, 7 p.m., Weld 106
Selections and award presentations of student film production work. Eligible work from all film production courses are played for adjudicators (usually three judges made up of local professionals, alumni and campus/community members). They choose a selection of work across classes (from freshmen to senior level courses) and award winners. Light refreshments will be served.
November 14, 2013
A film by MSUM Film Production major, Miah Detjen, was recently selected as a finalist in the My Hero International Film Festival.
The short film, Daddy, is a partially silent non-ficiton piece about Miah and her deaf father. The documentary offers a glimpse into Miah’s life growing up with a deaf father, and the two worlds (hearing and deaf) that collide daily. Miah wanted a hearing audience to experience a film the way a deaf audience would: in silence. However with closed captioning, deaf and hearing audiences may enjoy the film together. Miah’s film was also an official selection of this year’s South Dakota Film Festival. Read the rest of this entry →
November 05, 2013
CADT film professor, Anthony Adah, presented a paper, “Indigenous Blogging: Patterns and Functions,” at the Midwest Popular Culture/American Popular Culture Conference (Oct 11-13). The paper examined common themes and rhetorical styles of blogs dealing with representations of Indigenous peoples in films from Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
November 01, 2013
Two new shorts by Kyja K-Nelson, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, screened at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee, Wis, Oct. 25. K-Nelson’s “The Fiscal Cliff” and “Look Out Point” were part of an exhibition curated by Cecelia Condit.