College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Students to Showcase Original Videos

May 6, 2013

Contact: Jeanne Curran, (207) 780-4198

PORTLAND, Maine – Burgeoning filmmakers/storytellers at the University of Southern Maine will have their gala showcase night later this week, and the public is invited to attend.

Upper-level students in the Advanced Video Production course taught jointly by Kate Kaminski, communication and media studies instructor, and Nat Ives, manager of the USM Communication and Media Studies Production Center, will hold their final showcase presentation on Thursday night. A total of 13 original films ranging in tone from reflective to dark humor will be shown during the Ninth Annual Student Picture Show.

“This selection of shorts features some of Portland's best acting talent and showcases the skills that students have spent a semester honing in our class,” Kaminski said. “I’m sure the audience will have an enjoyable time.”

“These are pretty polished projects,” said Ives. “In this course, we try to advance the students’ storytelling skills, esthetically, creatively and technically.”

The details of the event are:

  • Ninth Annual Student Picture Show (Advanced Production Course Student Film Showcase), 7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 9, Gerald Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus; free and open to the public.

Kaminski and Ives have taught the advance class together for the past 13 years, with Kaminski lecturing, while Ives teaches the video lab. The course is presented under the Communication and Media Studies Department in USM’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

This year, 15 students worked on two projects: individual videos, which Ives described as the “inspirational piece,” which each student had to conceive, produce and finalize; and group projects, with each student in a team of three taking on a role of either director, director of photography or editor.

“It’s all about the story telling,” said Ives. “The students had to scout locations and audition actors, and all are original scripts.”

Thursday’s showcase will feature five group projects, seven individual films and the screening of an independent student project, Ives said. The independent student project is a new comedy directed Jedidiah Allen.

There will be no critique following the showings, Ives said. Instead, “Kate will introduce each piece and let them speak for themselves,” the instructor said.

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