Office of Public Affairs

USM presents 2017 Academic Film Showcase on May 10

from the student film

A collection of dramatic short films created by student filmmakers at the University of Southern Maine will be presented on May 10 at the 2017 Academic Film Showcase.

The free public event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Talbot Lecture Hall, located in Luther Bonney Hall on USM's Portland Campus.

This screening includes work from the Introduction to Video Production, Compositing and Special Effects, Field Video Production and Film Directing production courses offered by the Department of Communication and Media Studies during the 2016-2017 academic year. The public can see the progression of student work from the introductory video class (studio-based, team interview productions) to more specialized work in visual effects (Compositing and Special Effects class) and shooting and editing videos on-location (Field Video Production class) and finally culminating with shooting and directing dramatic film shorts with actors (Film Directing class).

"People are usually surprised at the quick development and quality of work that our students can produce in a relatively short time in our program," said David Pierson, a professor of media studies.

The showcase will include screenings of the dramatic short films "History Lesson," "I Can't Think Of It Right Now" and "Loose Cash." These films do include some adult language along with a mixture of dramatic elements such as horror, suspense, comedy and action.

The accompanying still image is from "History Lesson," produced by USM undergraduate students Colin Cundy, Tyler Adams, Nick Fournier, and Jordan Stowall. The image features student Belle Fall.