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On Thursday, April 10, 5 students from the Art Department and 5 students from the Film/Video Department accompanied Barry Dunkin (Office of Career Services). Amanda Hostalka (Chair, Art Department) and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (Chair, Film/Video Department) to visit ADG Creative, in Columbia, MD. We had fun, and these photos prove it! [All photos taken by Jon Barnes, of ADG Creative]

Students from Professor Exsul Van Helden's Spring 2014 FIVTH335-02 Lighting Class prepare a dolly shot on our Soundstage.

I just got back from a preliminary research visit to the SXSW Festival.

If you want to see my impressions of the trip, you can check out one (or all) of my four blog postings:


It's a great annual event, in Austin, TX, at which there are film screenings, panel presentations, keynote lectures, technology exhibits, and so much more (not to mention the music component, which I completely ignored while there).

Next year, in the Spring 2015 semester, I will be offering a "Special Topics" (FIVTH402) course, entitled "Emerging Trends in Digital Media & Film," which will have, as its centerpiece, a trip to SXSW. The dates will be March 14-21, 2015.

I am happy to report that almost every film screening I attended (I saw 21 films in 7 days, which sounds like a lot, but I could have done so much more …) had the director and/or crew and/or cast at the Q&A: folks like Wes Anderson, Diego Luna, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Patrick Wilson, Jeremy Sisto, Kate Lyn Sheil, John Gallagher, Jr. (and those are just the ones whose names I thought you would recognize). There were many keynote speakers, including Lena Dunham and Nicolas Cage, for film, and Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, for Media. There was also an extensive trade-show floor in the expo hall where many vendors - including Adobe, Sony, Black Magic, Sennheiser, LaCie, and many more, hawked their wares, offered discounts and free t-shirts and free workshops. There were panels galore, only a few of which I attended, since I wanted to see films. I didn’t even try to attend music events . . .

On Thursday, February 27, at 7:30pm, two recent Stevenson Film/Video graduates - Katie Shelton and Ben Tschirgi, both Class of 2013 - will have their films screened as part of the 2nd Annual Best of Baltimore Student Film Festival at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Come out and support both them and their colleagues from the other great filmmaking programs in and around Baltimore!

Thanks to Jack Gerbes at the Maryland Film Office, on Wednesday, February 26, at 7pm, Stevenson University will host a preview screening of Better Living Through Chemistry (which opens nationally on March 14) in the Inscape Theatre on our Greenspring Campus. Co-Directors/Co-Writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will both be present for a Q&A afterwards. The next morning, they will attend Film/Video Professor Exsul Van Helden's FIVTH335-ON2 Lighting Class in the School of Design Soundstage on our Owings Mills North Campus.

The film was shot in Maryland, and some of our Film/Video students worked on it. We're excited to see the finished movie!

For tickets and contact information, please see the poster, above.

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