June 17, 2013
Mondays in July feature silent films
Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 37th season Monday, July 8, with one of the original Rin Tin Tin movies. The particular film has not been selected yet, but will feature the original German shepherd dog rescued from a bombed-out dog kennel in France in 1918. Read the rest of this entry →
May 30, 2013
The Minnesota State University Moorhead Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department has been selected to receive a 2012-2013 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Excellence in Curriculum Programming.
Awards were selected by peer academic and student affairs campus administrators based on such criteria as effective use of technology and student achievement.
“We are honored and humbled by the MnSCU award,” Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, chair of the CADT Department, said. “Our students and faculty work very hard, because we love what we do.” Read the rest of this entry →
May 02, 2013
The Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department is honoring the best student projects of the semester with two nights of Juried Exhibitions. Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the CMU ballroom, seniors in graphic communications will be displaying their final projects, which can range from 3D modeling to graphic design advertisements. Then Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Glasrud Auditorium in Weld, the film studies program will be debuting the best student films of the semester, ranging from freshman final projects in the video production class to senior seminar final projects. Read the rest of this entry →
April 25, 2013
A short film created by five students in MSUM’s Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department was accepted into and screened at the International Shorts Program of the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience in Albuquerque, N. M. Guests at the festival included Robert Redford and Giancarlo Esposito, and competing films featured actors Morgan Freeman and Armand Assante. The students’ film, titled “Necropolis,” was one of four American films in the shorts category; six others were international films. “Necropolis” was also an official selection in the 2013 Maryland International Film Festival. Read the rest of this entry →
April 22, 2013
The Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department is hosting a special screening of this year’s Senior Seminar final film projects on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 in the Glasrud Auditorium in Weld, starting at 6:30 p.m. each night.
The 10 short films are the capstone projects of this year’s Senior Seminar film class, taught by Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. The students have been developing, shooting, and editing these projects over the course of the entire school year.
The schedule for the two evenings is as follows: Read the rest of this entry →
April 09, 2013
Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies student, Conor Holt, premiered his latest film, “A Better Life” at the 2013 Fargo Film Festival. The project, which was produced through a Filmmaker’s Grant from the Minnesota Film & Television Board, concerns a woman’s efforts to deal with her comatose husband by means of a new, radical treatment. A number of CADT students and alumni served as crew on the film including: Conor Holt (writer/director), Ben Grell (writer), Shane Mackinnon (director of photography), Patrick McKeown (producer), Chance Cole (editor) and Mallery Mohn (production designer).
Local actors Aimee Klein and Bill Siderski starred in the project.
March 26, 2013
The Film Loop radio show continues tonight, Tuesday, March 26, at 9 p.m. on KMSC Dragon Radio. The Film Loop Radio Show is an extension of The Film Loop club at MSUM, a club dedicated to film discussion and debate.
The Radio Show airs every Tuesday night from 9 to 10 p.m. Co-Hosts Joseph Koesterman & Conor Holt discuss a variety of topics, including the Academy Awards, the Fargo Film Festival, and recent movie releases. Guest hosts also appear on the show from time to time. Read the rest of this entry →
March 25, 2013
Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies recently hosted an alumni workshop for its current students. The three-hour event , which included nine recent graduates from Film Studies and Graphic Communications, consisted of an in-person panel (Amber Johnson, Ben Efron, Dustin Solmonson, Emily Beck, Jason Jacobson and Shannon Luney) and a panel that participated from Los Angeles via Skype (Kate Enge, Tyler Geditz and Chris Haskell). Read the rest of this entry →
March 20, 2013
The Film Loop Journal is seeking submissions for its upcoming edition. If you have an article relating to film, including film reviews or essays on cinema, please send them to Conor Holt at email@example.com. Articles should be between 200-300 words long. The deadline is Monday, March 25. The next edition of the Journal will be published Thursday, March 28. Read the rest of this entry →
March 20, 2013
Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies (CADT) and the College of Arts & Humanities (CAH) co-sponsored an Equipment Expo at this year’s Fargo Film Festival. Twins Cities cinematographer (and MSUM alum) Greg Winter and Lighting, Grip & Electric supplier, Mike Bullock, ran the workshop, demonstrating several pieces of lighting and grip equipment and showcasing some of the latest digital video cameras on the market.
Well over 50 people, half of whom were CADT students, attended the expo. CADT professor and festival co-chair, Tom Brandau and former co-chair, Tony Tilton, organized the event.
March 19, 2013
CADT professor, Tom Brandau, received the Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award at the 2013 Fargo Film Festival. The award is named for former Fargo Theatre Executive Director Margie Bailly. Brandau has been a member of the Fargo Film Festival committee since 2004 and a festival co-chair since 2011.
March 07, 2013
Thirty students from Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies attended a lecture on adapting literature to film, given by award-winning Minnesota author, Will Weaver. The presentation, “From Fiction to Film”, took place March 4 at the Fargo Main Library and focused primarily on the adaptation of Weaver’s short story, “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” into the motion picture “Sweet Land,” which was shot in Minnesota. The film’s director, Ali Selim, joined the discussion via Skype from Los Angeles and answered several questions posed by the students. All of the MSUM students in attendance were from CADT professor Tom Brandau’s Adaptations class.
Both Brandau and Janet Haak (Director of Study Abroad) accompanied the students to the event.
March 04, 2013
Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies professor, Tom Brandau, recently co-hosted the 2013 Fargo Film Festival Preview Show with Prairie Public producer, Matt Olien. The 30-minute program, which showcased some of the best films from this year’s festival will air several times over the course of the next week. Brandau has been a co-chair of the festival for the past three years. The Fargo Film Festival runs March 5-9.
February 27, 2013
Raymond Rea’s (Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies) short documentary “A Difference” has been accepted to screen at the British Film Institute’s London LGBT Film Festival. “A Difference” examines the intersection of racial difference and gender transition.
February 07, 2013
Professor Anthony Adah of Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies was at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) to give a master workshop Feb. 4 to Minnesota teachers, college instructors, and Minnesota Department of Education representatives on how to use film in middle and high school classrooms. Read the rest of this entry →
November 29, 2012
A film by MSUM majors in the Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department is one of 15 finalists for the 2012 National Film Challenge. The student group that made the film, Cinethusiasts, competed with 103 other filmmaking groups. The film is titled Roleplay Rangers and relates a story about a Junior Ranger’s wife who is forced to take up her husband’s duty to protect a local park.
The MSUM film will advance to a second round of judging, which determines the Grand Prize Winner. The 15 films in the finals will soon appear on the NFC website for Audience Award voting (www.filmchallenge.org). Read the rest of this entry →
November 16, 2012
The Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department will host the Juried Exhibitions for Film and Graphic Communication projects Dec. 14 and 15. Every semester, film and GCOM students in the CADT department spend countless hours completing their final projects; the very best student work is then presented at a Juried Exhibition. Read the rest of this entry →
November 06, 2012
Professor Tom Brandau’s film, “The Cleaning Lady” recently received an Honorable Mention at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Fest. in Houston, Texas. The film deals with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
November 05, 2012
Raymond Rea’s short documentary, A Difference, will screen at the upcoming San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Sunday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m., as part of the Find Each Other program.
October 30, 2012
Two seniors, Conor Holt and Simone Leclaire, of Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies presented research papers at the Midwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio Oct 12-14. Holt’s paper is titled “Cinema Go Bragh: Irish Nationalism in Celtic Tiger Cinema” and Leclaire’s “Eyes of the Lady: Perspectives and Cinematic Representations of Women in New Danish Cinema.” Leclaire’s paper also won the MPCA/ACA’s Undergraduate Paper Prize, 2012.