Student Films and Faculty Workshops Featured at International Festival 

Student Films and Faculty Workshops Featured at International Festival 

Students debut fiction and documentary films at the 2019 Traverse City Film Festival as faculty share expertise.

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters return to Traverse City to premiere student-produced films developed in classes this July. The Traverse City Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Michigan, in an effort to support one of America's original art forms, the cinema.

Seven short films have been selected to premiere at the "MSU Shorts" screening event Saturday, August 3 at 12 p.m. at Old Town Playhouse. These include:

    •    Reggie - A short showcasing a robot whose mind isn't quite there.

    •    Ground Beneath Our Feet - A film where neighbors join forces to save clean water.

    •    June - A tale of neighbors finding a shared bond over trauma during a property dispute.

    •    Bags to Butterflies - An uplifting story about former inmates getting a new start after 30 years.

    •    From The Top - An exploration of a musician's inner battles.

    •    The Stigma - A glance into stigmas surrounding mental illness for Muslim women.

    •    Dead Ends - A reflective film exploring a dead woman's journey through limbo.

A Spartan screening celebration for MSU student filmmakers will be hosted by the ComArtSci Alumni Association following the screening at Rare Bird Brewpub. The event is free and appetizers will be provided. There is also a cash bar available.

Faculty Filmmakers Entertain and Educate

As TCFF's Education and Innovation Partner, faculty will also be giving workshops on filmmaking techniques during the festival. Two MSU professors and filmmakers will be hosting film workshops as part of TCFF's Film School. 

Amol Pavangadkar, MSU Department of Media and Information
August 1 at 12 p.m
Amol Pavangadkar has produced and directed dozens of media projects, with international collaborators and federal agencies. In Pavangadkar's workshop, audiences will understand the Indian approach to filmmaking as he introduces you to culture, economics, production style, dances, colors and music all at play.

Troy Hale, MSU School of Journalism
August 1 at 3 p.m
In order to earn a career in film, you need to earn the attention of audiences. In Hale's session, audiences will learn how to use short films as a calling card, with a focus on the importance of a reel as a resume.

By John Castro

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