Media Studies Students’ Work Selected for Upcoming and Recent Film Festivals

Six Loras College students, and two Loras faculty and staff members, were selected to have their original films shown in film festival screenings locally, around the country and abroad. Loras swept the student documentary category, taking home both Gold and Silver Eddys for their work in Cedar Rapids.

Ted Rosean, Loras media producer, created a narrative series, Limelight, which was selected for screening at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival that began in downtown Dubuque today.  Limelight, shot entirely in Dubuque, is a web series about three unpopular friends in a small town who have an idea for a very bad movie and their adventures creating it. 
Matthew Resnick, (’15) (Dubuque, Iowa), also had his narrative short film, Flower Girl, selected for the same Short Film Series in Dubuque.  Flower Girl, a film that tells the story of a young mental patient who escapes the dismal reality of her confinement through her imagination, was additionally selected for screening at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, which took place April 5-6 at the Collins Road Cinema in Marion, Iowa, along with films by three other Media Studies students.
Tough Cookie is a documentary short film produced by Media Studies majors Mareah Adolphs (’15) (Miles, Iowa) and Lina Rodriguez Araujo (’15) (Dubuque, Iowa).  The film tells the story of a Dubuque woman and her family’s battle with cancer. The film won the Silver Eddy Award at the Cedar Rapids Film Festival.
Howl of Hope is a documentary short film produced by Alli Ellwood (’14) (Des Plaines, Ill.) and Frankie Mosca (’14) (Plainfield, Ill.).  The film offers an inside look at the foundations and operations of Homeward Bownd, a Siberian Husky Rescue located in La Motte, Iowa. The film won the Gold Eddy Award for best student documentary at the Cedar Rapids film festival.
Loras senior Ted Wittman (’13) (Dubuque, Iowa) and associate professor of art and communication Seth Myers had the final selection for Cedar Rapids. Myers and Wittman will also travel to West Palm Beach, Fla., to participate in one of the top 25 Film Festivals in the world, Palm Beach International Film Festival. They will travel April 4-11 to represent their short film, Manifest, about a young man’s realization that he must surrender control to a force larger than himself.  In addition, Manifest will be screened at festivals in Cohoes, N.Y., New York City, Rome, Italy, and West Virginia.
“The professor-student collaboration is one of many positives that make up the Loras College experience. I love working with students on professional projects,” Myers said. 
“It’s always a tremendous accomplishment to be accepted into a quality film festival.  Our student filmmakers put their hearts into creating films that tell powerful stories and we continue to be amazed at the impact they have on everyone who sees their work,” concluded professor of communication arts, Craig Schaefer (’89).



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