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Third Coast Film and Media Festival at WMU

April 22, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Take two! Lights, camera, action!

The second annual Third Coast Film and Media Festival springs to life from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall at Western Michigan University, bringing innovative student productions to local audiences free of charge.

Presented by the WMU School of Communication, the festival is a multi-media event featuring diverse categories, including documentaries, video games, 3-D animations, music videos, and much more. The media exhibition highlights the diverse talents of students, primarily from WMU's Film, Video and Media Studies program.

The festival also is directed and organized by communication students. This year, Tyler Trierweiler, of Portage, Mich., who also founded the Kalamazoo Film Festival, is festival director. Returning as webmaster and creative director is senior Jake Durrett, of Battle Creek, Mich., whose work has been exhibited at the famed Cannes Film Festival and Third Coast, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo film festivals.

Dain Evans, of Farmington Hills, Mich., a first-year student, serves as assistant director and hopes to direct the festival in future years. "It was easy to make connections right away with faculty and graduate students in the School of Communication," he says. "I knew I wanted to get involved, and there were immediate opportunities for that."

Other students, faculty and administrators agree the festival is beneficial to their studies.

"I think the film festival is a wonderful way for students to be recognized for the way they positively and creatively express themselves," says Dillon Stoneburner, a freshman in communication.

"I am always excited about opportunities our students have to display their creative work," says Dr. Leigh Ford, director of the School of Communication. "They receive feedback on their media projects from faculty and fellow students. It's a total A to Z experience for the students."

For more information or to submit a project, visit: thirdcoastmediafest.com.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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