East Lansing Film Festival to Showcase ComArtSci Films

The 2016 East Lansing Film Festival is right around the corner and you can catch five ComArtSci produced films during the event From November 3 - 10, Wells Hall and Studio C! Meridian Mall Theater will show independent films from places around the world and in the Michigan region.

​The film festival aims to enrich the culture and diversity in Michigan communities as well as promoting and exhibiting filmmaking in the Michigan region.

​MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ films featured in the festival include:

“That Strange Summer”

​Directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes, “That Strange Summer” shares a story from the summer of 1975 when 27 patients experienced respiratory failure, while at the same time, 11 died at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. Post FBI investigation in 1976, two nurses were charged with injecting patients with Pavulon, a muscle relaxer. But, were they guilty?

​This thrilling feature will be shown Saturday, November 5, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Wells Hall.​

“Sorta Late”​

​The students of MSU’s College of ComArtSci, the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Music came together to produce the film “Sorta Late”. It tells the story of interns tackling the inner workings of a Late Night show in Detroit. When two local celebrities compete to be host, the interns get a taste of reality about the world of entertainment.

​To watch the film that was worked on by more than 100 students, it will be shown Friday, November 4, 9:15 p.m., Wells Hall.

“Living History”

​Zeldes directed a second feature called “Living History”. This short film is comprised of nearly a dozen interviews of Michigan’s oldest residents, offering a unique look into our state’s cultural history.

​The documentary will be shown Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., Wells Hall.

“From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City”

​Completely student produced, “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City” is an Elise Conklin directorial debut that shares the story of the Flint Water Crisis from a first-hand perspective.

​This film won a Student Academy Award and will be shown on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00 pm, Wells Hall.

"Beyond Bollywood: Behind the Scenes"

​Directed by Amol Pavangadker, this 28 minute short film examines the pre-, post-, and production aspects of the Bollywood-style short film. Following the annual study abroad trip to India, the film covers the experiences of students who went on the trip, learned about the Bollywood culture, and even created a music video of their own. The film will include post-trip interviews and reflections back on the process.

By Lily Clark