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The Department of Film/Video is excited to host filmmaker Michael Tully as our Spring 2015 Artist-in-Residence from February 4-6. As an actor, writer and director, Mr. Tully – who, though he currently lives in Austin, Texas, is a Maryland native – is a terrific mentor and role model for our students, as he has successfully carved out an independent film career that has seen his movies play at Sundance, SXSW, and the Maryland Film Festival (which has programmed all of his films), as well as be released theatrically. Mr. Tully’s most recent film, Ping Pong Summer, a coming-of-age tale set (and shot) in Ocean City, Maryland, stars John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), among others. We will screen Ping Pong Summer – with a Q&A afterwards - on Thursday, 2/5, at 7pm, in the School of Design Soundstage. The screening is open and free to all. There will be a reception beforehand at 6pm.

For more information about Stevenson’s arts and cultural events, visit facebook.com/SUArtEffects or contact Matt Laumann, Manager of Cultural Programs. Email mlaumann@stevenson.edu or call 443-352-4491 to request a copy of Art Effects, the biannual guide to arts and culture at Stevenson.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had the most pleasant and exciting of holidays. Enjoy this sample of work from our Sophomore students in the Fall 2014 FMI201 class - "Cinematography I: Black & White."

From Wednesday, February 4, through Friday, February 6, Stevenson's Department of Film/Video will host filmmaker Michael Tully as our Spring 2015 Artist-in-Residence. Mr. Tully will spend his time here visiting classes and talking about his work. On Thursday, February 5, at 7pm, in the Soundstage (SD101) in the School of Design building (located at 11200-A Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, MD, 21117), we will screen his latest feature, Ping Pong Summer. There will be a reception prior to the screening, at 6pm, in the School of Design lobby, and a Q&A with Mr. Tully afterwards. Both the reception and the screening are free and open to the general public.

After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. Ping Pong Summer world premiered at Sundance '14; it was picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures and is now available on home video through Millennium Entertainment. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.

We can’t wait for Michael Tully to arrive and share his invaluable life and career knowledge with our students.

Hollywood Screenwriter Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu PandaMonsters vs. AliensKung Fu Panda 2Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water) took time out of his busy schedule to speak with students in the FMI211 (Basic Screenwriting) class today, via Skype from his home in Los Angeles. It was a great opportunity for our students to hear lessons about writing and networking from someone who has spent the past 20 years building a successful career in the movie business (starting first in TV, with King of the Hill). Thanks, Jon!

Today, Stevenson's Department of Film/Video's First-Year Film and Moving Image students took first place in the annual Lego™ Challenge, with their sculpture based on the movie The Breakfast Club. The designs for the challenge must incorporate Stevenson's three pillars of Career Architecture™: personal direction, discipline expertise and professional know-how.

Congratulations to our students! The competition was stiff, but you came together as a team and should be proud of what you created! Bravo!

Pictured, above, from left to right, in the back row: Ryan Scott, Mikey Manfredi, Dave Steinwedel, and Jonathan Kuchinskas. In the front row: Ryan Kight, Katie Jarosinski, Jamie Barthol, Britain Castellano, Jasmin Thompson, Patricia Lai, and Deanna Kinzie.

Other photos can be found in our Flickr album. More photos to follow, including the one with our trophy!

Many thanks to Dina Fiasconaro, who started the students out today, and to the other students who were there at the beginning but had to leave early.

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