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Media Festival features student productions

Dec. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Original media productions produced by students in the Western Michigan University School of Communication will be exhibited Thursday, Dec. 13, in 3502 Knauss Hall on WMU's main campus.

The WMU Media Festival is free and open to drop-in visitors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It features a unique collection of digital video projects, 16-millimeter films and audio programs produced entirely by film, video and media studies students at WMU. This is the first time that all three media formats have been combined since WMU assistant professor of communication Dr. Heather Addison began the public screening a few years ago.

"We feel it's important for students producing creative media work to have the opportunity for public exhibition, just like visual art, music or dance students," says Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, WMU associate professor of communication and mass communication chair. "They've worked very hard all semester and we expect several submissions to national student media festivals and competitions from these students."

Student media projects from the following classes will be on display at the exhibit:

COM 2570: Introduction to Audio Production, taught by Dr. Rebekah Farrugia, WMU assistant professor of communication -- Several student programs will be heard.

COM 3550: Introduction to Video Production, taught by Dr. Jennifer A. Machiorlatti, WMU associate professor of communication -- Public service announcements and sports promos will be screened, along with "Promise Profiles," a series of shorts on students of the Kalamazoo Promise and campus reactions to the Promise. This will be an ongoing series produced by Machiorlatti's students as part of a longitudinal video documentary on the Kalamazoo Promise. Several longer projects also will be shown.

COM 3560: Film Production, taught by Dr. Heather Addison, WMU assistant professor of communication -- This is a traditional film course in 16 millimeter. Students have selected the top-three films of the semester to be screened at the media festival.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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