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. The acceptance of the film to both festivals is especially notable because it was entered in the narrative short category, rather than the student category.
The film was completed for a final project in an Intermediate Filmmaking class taught by Tom Brandau. The students involved were Robert McDermott (writer/director), Chris Johnson (producer/sound), Christian Calabrese (cinematography), Adam Gawarecki (lighting/grip) and Nate Bakke (assistant camera/editor).