Communication and Media Studies Department

University of Southern Maine to Present 2014 Academic Film Showcase

University of Southern Maine (USM) media students will present next month a public showing of their best digital shorts, video character studies and dramatic scenes in the “2014 Academic Film Showcase.”

The presentation represents the culmination of work by two classes from USM’s Department of Communication and Media Studies, according to David Pierson, department chair and USM associate professor of media studies. Some of the work contains adult content, Pierson advised. Actors from the USM Department of Theatre and the local Portland area perform in some of the productions, he said. USM’s Department of Communication and Media Studies is under the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS). “This is an exciting, end-of-semester event for our students, faculty and staff,” the USM professor said. “It showcases the exemplary work being done by our students and the depth of their accomplishments. We are very proud of them and want to share their work with the public.”

Details of the event are:

• 2014 Academic Film Showcase, presented by the University of Southern Maine Department of Communication and Media Studies; featuring best digital shorts, character study shorts and 10-minute dramatic scenes, performed by USM Department of Theatre and Portland area actors; adult content;

5-6:25 p.m., film presentation, Thursday, May 8, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, Bedford Street, University of Southern Maine, Portland campus

6:30 p.m., reception following the presentation at Communication and Media Studies Production Center, next to the Sullivan Recreation Center, USM Portland campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The reception is sponsored by the USM Department of Communication and Media Studies and the CAHS Dean’s Office.

The screening will present the best digital shorts created in the fall 2013 Compositing and Special Effects class, taught by Geoffrey Leighton, USM lecturer. The character study shorts and 10-minute dramatic scenes were created in the spring 2014 Advanced Field Video Production class, taught by Pierson and Nat Ives, manager of the USM Communication and Media Studies Production Center.The dramatic scenes include: “Entanglement,” “Judging Carl Koffman” and “Traces of Memory.” 

“A public presentation of these digital and video works is a very important aspect of the full production process,” Pierson said. “It gives important feedback to the creators, and the audience gets to see what the next wave of media creations looks like.” 

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