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CADT brings Visiting Artist, Bill Zarchy, to campus

Posted on 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.

Brandau’s latest film screens at Fargo Film Festival

Posted on 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.

Kyja K-Nelson’s films screened at Snowdance Film Festival

Posted on 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.

Graphic communications alum designs paint scheme for Daytona 500 racecar

Posted on 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 →

CADT professor to guest-edit themed issue of MCP

Posted on 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.

Meghan Duda’s work exhibited at Instinct Art Gallery

Posted on 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 →

Two Worlds Collide

Posted on 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 →

Juried Film Exhibition Dec. 13

Posted on 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.

Student film selected as finalist in the My Hero International Film Festival

Posted on 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 →

Professor Adah presents “indigenous Blogging: Patterns and Functions”

Posted on 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.

K-Nelson’s two short films screened in Milwaukee

Posted on 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.

Apply for PRSSA executive board positions

Posted on October 10, 2013

PRSSA has three open executive board positions.

The following positions are available for application:

-Must be able to attend meetings on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the mass comm lounge in MacLean Hall, office 262-Forum Media Center
-Graphic Design or GCOM major preferred Read the rest of this entry →

Brandau Elected to MNFTV Board

Posted on October 09, 2013

Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies professor, Tom Brandau, was recently elected to the Minnesota Film & Television Board in Minneapolis. In existence for over 30 years, the board’s mission is to create jobs and economic growth by promoting and supporting Minnesota’s film and television production industry. Brandau’s main focus will be to help develop and foster more engagement opportunities/exchanges between the state’s production community and educational systems.

MSUM alum premieres two short films in two Twin Cities film festivals

Posted on October 04, 2013

MSUM alum Conor Holt will screen two short films at Twin Cities-based film festivals this October: “Storytime” at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m., and “A Better Life” at the Twin Cities Film Fest on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Both films are part of Minnesota-made shorts programs. Tickets range from $8 to $10, and can be purchased online at and Read the rest of this entry →

Meghan Duda is part of international juried exhibition

Posted on September 30, 2013

Meghan Duda, photographer and Assistant Professor in Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, is part of an international juried exhibition titled VISTA opening Friday, Sept. 27 at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The pieces chosen for the exhibition range in media but have have the common theme of landscape. Duda’s piece, a laser cut archival inkjet photograph, addresses the modern residential landscape and its impact on our natural vistas. Read the rest of this entry →

Departments host student mixer

Posted on September 25, 2013

On Sept. 19 Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, Theatre and Music Industry hosted a student mixer on the Hansen Stage. The annual event (three years running) was organized to increase collaboration between students of the various disciplines and foster an atmosphere of continued cooperation between the three departments. The event included pizza, pop, music and an opportunity for students to be added to the CADT actor/talent database. Over 100 students and faculty were in attendance.


Ansan Art Center in South Korea to feature work by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson

Posted on September 13, 2013

The Ansan Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, will feature new work by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, MSUM Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies.

The experimental short titled “soul/soul” is a collaboration between K-Nelson (animator and editor), Young Sun Lee (dancer, choreographer, videographer, editor), and Evelyn Ficarra (sound designer and composer). K-Nelson, Lee, and Ficarra met when they were Resident Artist Fellows at Djerassi. Since then the three women formed the 1lb. Chocolate Arts Collective, with the mission to engage in international interdisciplinary arts collaboration. Read the rest of this entry →

Open Casting Call

Posted on July 30, 2013

MSUM’s Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department will be holding an open casting call Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. in room CA 33 (MSUM campus-Roland Dille Center for the Arts). This call is for actors of all ages/all talent levels. All who show up will be added to our Talent Database, which includes a video headshot reel, made available to over 200 CADT Film Production students. No preparation needed. Headshots are welcome, but not required. For more information contact Tom Brandau at 701.446.7818 or

Summer Cinema Series closes tonight

Posted on July 29, 2013

The 37th season of the MSUM Summer Cinema Series closes tonight.

Closing the series on Monday, July 29, is a selection of silent comedy short films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy. After this showing, treats will be served in the hallway. Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Cinema Series continues tonight

Posted on July 22, 2013

Mondays in July feature silent films

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series continues tonight with The Black Pirate, a 1926 action adventure film featuring Douglas Fairbanks. The story involves a young nobleman whose father is killed by pirates. Read the rest of this entry →

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