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‘Phantom of the Opera’ screening with live organ accomaniment

Posted on October 20, 2017

Friday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society present a screening of the 1925 Classic Silent Horror film, “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney, accompanied by a live organ score. The film will be screened in MSUM’s Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Tom Brandau at 701-446-7818 or brandau@mnstate.edu.

MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year

Posted on October 12, 2017

The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new entering freshman and graduate students. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.67 percent driven by a 21 percent increase in graduate students and a 2.5 percent increase in new entering freshman. Fall Semester headcount is 6,019, with 5,147 undergraduate and 872 graduate students. The official numbers are calculated after 30 class days and are used for standardized reporting purposes.  Read the rest of this entry →

What’s happening in Marketing

Posted on October 12, 2017

Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of MSUM. What had once been a traditional greeting card has evolved into a short video utilizing the talents of staff and our student workers who are often studying film, marketing, ad/PR or similar academic disciplines.

This year, Marketing interns Sara Erickson (broadcast journalism), Azmi Murtaza (advertising and PR), Dillan Schmiedt (film production), Leah Schmitt (advertising and PR), and Mandi Wahl (graphic design), with help from Music faculty member Allen Carter and Entertainment Industries and Technology faculty member Ryan Jackson, are working on an ambitious greeting in production now. Read the rest of this entry →

Kyja K-Nelson screens experimental video in North Portland Unknown Film Festival

Posted on October 12, 2017

Kyja K-Nelson, faculty of the School of Media Arts & Design, will be screening her new experimental video, Hús, in the North Portland Unknown Film Festival on Saturday, October 14. Shot in Iceland and North Dakota, Hús is a rhythmic meditation on emigration, immigration, house and home. The piece was made in collaboration with Icelandic noise artist AMFJ, who produced an original sound score for the video.  Read the rest of this entry →

Gallery talk: Celia Gray

Posted on October 12, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 10 a.m. | CA 155

Visiting artist Celia Gray, whose work is featured in the current exhibition “All In” will give a gallery talk Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.  in CA 155. Gray will discuss her artwork and the processes she uses to create her large-scale abstract textile pieces. Her exhibit closes the same day, so don’t miss this chance to see Gray’s work and meet her! Gray received a BA in Sculpture and an MFA in Painting. She spent two years as a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft where she studied textiles, printmaking, metalsmithing, blacksmithing, and more. The Thursday talk is free and open to the public.

Media, Arts and Communications Fair today

Posted on October 11, 2017

Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater

Please join us today, Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3 to  5 p.m. for the Media, Arts and Communications Fair in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Gallery.

Students will learn about media, arts and communication careers and have an opportunity to connect and network with employers in this field.  Read the rest of this entry →

Film and animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in Minne Mini Film Festival

Posted on October 05, 2017

Film and Animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in the Minne Mini Film Festival. The sold-out event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theatre in uptown Minneapolis.

Short films made by MSUM Film Production alumni include Hipster Zombies created by Matt Eckholm, Welcome to the Future made by Paul Eckhardt, and World’s Best Axe Murderer by Eric W. Carlson.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty, students attend South Dakota Film Festival

Posted on September 28, 2017

Film Production and Animation students and alumni show work, win awards

Professors Anthony Adah, Don Clark, and Kyja K-Nelson of the School of Media Arts and Design, along with three vans full of students, represented MSUM at the 11th annual South Dakota Film Festival. Students participated in screenings, networking events, and Q/A sessions with filmmakers from around the world. MSUM students, faculty and alumni were also well represented in the Official Selections of the festival and honored with awards.  Read the rest of this entry →

SoMAD Hosts 6th Annual Mixer

Posted on September 19, 2017

On Sept. 14, the School of Media Arts & Design hosted a student mixer in the Center for the Arts Great Hall. The annual event (now in its sixth year) was organized to increase collaboration and foster an atmosphere of continuing cooperation between students of SoMAD (Film, Animation, Graphic Communications, Graphic Design and Photography) and students of the School of Performing Arts. The event included pizza, pop, live music and an opportunity for students to be added to the SoMAD actor/talent database. Over 100 students and faculty were in attendance.  Read the rest of this entry →

Fargo Theatre presents 9th annual LGBT Film Festival

Posted on September 15, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 16 | Fargo Theatre

Sixteen films about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experiences and life will be screened at the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival opening Friday, Sept. 15, at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo.

The festival includes films from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Iran, Germany, Hungary, India, and the United States. Screenings take place Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. An extra screening is scheduled before Friday’s official opening on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.  For all sessions, several short films, diverse in style, subject and genre, precede each feature film.

Individual tickets to each screening session are $10; a festival pass for all films is $30. Tickets will be sold at the door in the Fargo Theatre lobby.  Read the rest of this entry →

FM LGBT Film Festival

Posted on August 24, 2017

The FM LGBT Film Festival is coming up!

  • Monday, Sept. 11 | 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 15 | 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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SoMAD Hosts LA Film Alumni Event

Posted on August 23, 2017

On May 27, the School of Media Arts & Design hosted a meet and greet event in Los Angeles between 25 of its Film & Animation alumni and award-winning Horror writer/director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, HUSH, Absentia, Ouija II, Before I Wake, Gerald’s Game). The four hour event included a Q&A session led by Film professor Tom Brandau (Flanagan’s former film instructor at Towson University, in Baltimore), as well as a reception that followed. Flanagan, whose work has been lauded by author Stephen King as “Up there with HALLOWEEN…and even more, WAIT UNTIL DARK! White knuckle time!” was recently hand picked by Steven Spielberg to develop, produce and direct an upcoming Netflix series based on “The Haunting of Hill House.” Production is scheduled for this fall in Atlanta.  Read the rest of this entry →

SoMAD hosts multi-city Alumni Summit

Posted on August 18, 2017

The School of Media Arts & Design hosted a multi-city Alumni Summit last spring (April 1) involving 15 MSUM alumni representing Film, Graphic Communications and Graphic Design and 90 current SoMAD students and faculty. The three-hour event (our third such summit since 2013) included an in-person panel of Fargo-Moorhead alumni and three video panels of alumni living and working in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, who addressed questions concerning the transition from undergraduate to post-graduate life. Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Cinema Series closes with nautical-themed comedy shorts

Posted on July 31, 2017

Four summer Mondays feature silent films and music

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 41st season with four evenings of silent films preceded by live organ music. The Summer Cinema Series is a collaborative project of MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

Closing the series on Monday, July 31, is a selection of silent comedy short films with a nautical theme —  Keaton’s The Boat, Harry Langdon’s Shanghaied Lovers, and Lloyd’s Captain Kidd’s Kids. After this showing, treats will be served in the hallway.

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Open casting call

Posted on July 28, 2017

Tuesday, Aug. 8 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | CA 33

MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design will hold an open casting call on Tuesday, August 8 from 5:30-8:30 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 (men, women, children). All who show up will be added to our Talent Database, which includes a video headshot reel, made available to over 200 School of Media Arts & Design Production students. No preparation needed. Headshots are welcome, but not required.

For more information contact Tom Brandau at 701-446-7818 or brandau@mnstate.edu.

Senior Seminar film presentations today

Posted on April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorum

The School of Media Arts & Design’s Senior Seminar presentations for: B.A. in Animation, B.A. in Film Production & B.A. in Film Studies will take place today, Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Weld Hall, Glasrud Auditorium. The evening will feature 8 films representing the work of 35 graduating seniors. Dramas, comedies, animation… something for everyone! And, there will be refreshments. Come out and support SoMAD filmmakers! See what our senior class has been up to for the past two semesters! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Hope to see you there!  Read the rest of this entry →

Spring BFA Exhibition No. 2 reception today

Posted on April 06, 2017

Thursday, April 6 | 4-6 p.m. | CA 155

The School of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead invites the public to the reception for the Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Exhibition No. 2 on Thursday, April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 155).  Read the rest of this entry →

Film Studies professor, student present at SWPACA

Posted on February 27, 2017

Professor Anthony Adah and senior Derek Bauer presented at the recent Southwest/American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 15-18). Professor Adah gave a paper, “The Art Repatriation Film as an Indigenous Film Genre,” and Derek Bauer presented a practice-led project, “Scary as Hell.”

SoMAD hosts valentine screening

Posted on February 08, 2017

Sunday, Feb. 12 | 2 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

The Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (RRATOS) is partnering with the Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Media Arts and Design to produce “My Funny Valentine”a free, family-friendly screening of three “two-reeler” romantic-comedy short silent films starring the famed comedians Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton.  Read the rest of this entry →

Screening of ‘Wicker Kittens’ by Alumni Mike Scholtz, Valerie Coit

Posted on December 03, 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorum 

The School of Media Arts & Design presents visiting filmmakers and fellow dragons, Mike Scholtz & Valerie Coit!

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, in Weld Hall’s Glasrud Auditorium, where Mike & Val will present one of their award-winning feature documentary films, Wicker Kittens, which premiered at SXSW. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q/A with the artists. The screening is free and open to all!  Read the rest of this entry →

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