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Students in Renee McSwain's Spring 2016 FMI301 ("Documentary/Promo Production") class made this 30-second promo for Baltimore's Historic Senator Theater. It's the second spot we've done for the theatre. The first was a "Don't Talk Before the Movie" PSA. This one advertises the many food and drink options in the surrounding area, especially in Belvedere Square. Like the first promo we made, this one will also play in the theatre before screenings. To watch the video, just click on the image, above, to be taken to our Vimeo site.

Here is who did what:

Producer: Nathan Hector
Director: Nate Brubaker
Assistant Director: Danny Crapanzano
Director of Photography: Andrew Townsend
Gaffer: Kyle Azat 
Grip: Jimmy Ajibode
Editor: Kyle Azat 
Assistant Editor/Colorist: Nate Brubaker

Earlier this semester, we posted that Stevenson FMI students - working with their professor, Christopher Ernst - had shot footage for a "Don't Talk Before the Movie" short film to air before screenings at Baltimore's Historic Senator Theatre. ...Click here to read more.

Michael Tully's visit was a great success. Over the course of three days, we got to know him well. He imparted much wisdom, and now those of us who are going to the SXSW Festival in March this year look forward to seeing Michael again, soon. We also hope to meet up with our Fall 2014 Artist-in-Residence Kat Candler, who lives in Austin, Texas, as well.

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.

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.

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