Curtain Call, a murder-mystery web series written and directed by MSUM Film Studies AV technician Michael Stromenger and shot entirely in the F-M area, premiers online Wednesday, March 9. (www.curtaincallseries.com)

The series follows two detectives as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the public, on-stage murder of a talented local actress by a fellow actor. The series is told in 17 parts, a new part being posted online each week.

Curtain Call was shot over 10 consecutive weekends last summer on a shoestring budget of only $2,500.

Stromenger (an alum of the MSUM Film Studies program) utilized local talent and resources for this production, casting many well-known local actors and college students and hiring several MSUM Film Department students and alumni as crew members.

“My main reason for creating this series is to showcase the sheer amount of talent that the F-M area has and to get the rest of the country to recognize it. The Internet is the most accessible platform out there and web series are increasing in popularity. Pursuing this was a no-brainer,” Stromenger says.

He hopes people are intrigued by the mystery and help spread the word. “Word of mouth is crucial to the success of anything on the Web. Everyone involved in this production put so much time and effort into it. They deserve to have as many people as possible recognize it.”

For more information on the Web series, call Stromenger at (218) 477-4622 or email him at stromenger@mnstate.edu.