CCM E-Media Hosts Free Public Screening of Student-Produced Short Film ‘Solitude’ on Dec. 9

'Solitude' poster design by Garrett Corcoran.

‘Solitude’ poster design by Garrett Corcoran.

CCM E-Media hosts a world-premiere of the student-produced short film Solitude at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the MainStreet Cinema of UC’s Tangeman University Center. Admission to this public screening is free and open to the general public.

Created by senior electronic media majors Matt Stalf, Cameron Coyan, Joey Meisberger and Alex Huddleson under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Electronic Media Lakshmi TirumalaSolitude is the story of Jack Khavo, a medical researcher who finds himself trapped by his daily routine. Jack had always believed that he would be able to make a difference with his job, but as his research comes to a standstill he begins to wonder if he will ever be able to make a meaningful contribution to his field. One night Jack encounters a strange dream, which shows him how to move forward. Unfortunately, the very thing that could advance his research could also endanger his life.

According to Coyan, he and his classmates divided up production roles to best fit everyone’s strengths. “Matt has a great eye for scene composition so he took over the role of director of photography and editor,” he explains. “Alex and Joey have a lot of experience with audio, so they took on the role of pre-production recording and sound design. I took on the role of director and writer as I’m the most familiar with the story.”

The four-person production team also recruited students from other departments and colleges to bring their vision to life. Solitude features the onscreen talents of CCM Drama students Bartley Booz, Connor Lawrence and Alice Skok, along with Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama Robert Pavlovich. CCM E-Media student Tyler Peters contributed an original score and DAAP student Douglass Rouster created the animated title sequence for the film.

“Being able to grab from several different programs – including Electronic Media and the Drama Department at CCM along with Graphic Design in DAAP – is really great because we are getting experience working through multiple creative fields to turn out a collaborative piece,” Stalf explains.

For Professor Tirumala, Solitude is a perfect showcase of the immersive training that CCM E-Media students receive. “This film gives a great insight into the standards that our program expects from the students,” he says. “Having seen the rough cut, I can say that everyone involved in this project has done an exceptional job.”

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UC Celebrates the Broadcast Premiere of the Student-Produced ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film Series with a MainStreet Cinema Viewing Party on Oct. 16

Photography by Kaori Funahashi.

Photography by Kaori Funahashi.

The University of Cincinnati‘s student-produced Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary film series will be coming to television sets nationwide this fall courtesy of a new broadcast agreement with Universal Sports Network. This week, the cable network will air the first of three installments of the action-packed documentary series with the premiere of the 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race film.

To celebrate the occasion, UC will host a viewing party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 16, in the MainStreet Cinema of the Tangeman University Center. This screening is free and open to the general public.

The Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary films chronicle one of the foremost expedition races in the world. Each 90-minute documentary features an international field of 50 elite athletes tackling a grueling 275-mile course through the California wilderness as they test their mental and physical limits in the toughest competition in North America. Over the course of four days, teams face merciless heat and sleepless nights while trekking, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking amidst the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) and the winning team receives an entry into the ARWS World Championship.

Each film has been produced by a team of UC students hailing from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Working under the guidance of professional television director/producer and CCM Electronic Media (E-Media) alumnus Brian J. Leitten (BFA, 2001) and E-Media Professor Kevin Burke, these students shot, edited, scripted and produced the film on location in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Both Leitten and Burke advise the project and provide professional guidance and feedback to the students during all phases of the documentary’s development.

Earlier this month, GearJunkie.com hailed the Gold Rush Expedition Race project as “undoubtedly one of the most amazing educational initiatives we’ve seen.”

Learn more about the Gold Rush Expedition Race project by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/student-produced-film-series-airs-on-universal-sports-network.

All broadcast times Eastern and subject to change. Learn more about the Universal Sports Network by visiting http://universalsports.com.

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CCM Welcomes Filmmaker James Chressanthis For Master Class and Film Screening on Feb. 17

CCM welcomes special guest James Chressanthis on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

CCM welcomes special guest James Chressanthis on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

CCM’s Division of Electronic Media welcomes cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASCfor a master class and film screening beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

An award-winning filmmaker, Chressanthis will host a free public lecture with a question and answer session from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This will be followed by a free screening of his feature film directing debut, the Emmy-nominated No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos.

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CCM Fall 2013 Calendar of Major Events – October and November Updates

Please note the following corrections and updates to CCM’s schedule of major events for the fall:

  • The free screening of the Benjamin Britten bio film A Time There Was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, has been rescheduled. In its place, CCM will present a free public screening of the Tony Palmer directed Leonard Cohen documentary film Bird on a Wire.
  • The film A Time There Was will now be screened at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the MainStreet Cinema of UC’s Tangeman University Center.
  • Due to the above rescheduling, the free screening of the cinematic adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, has been cancelled. This screening will not be rescheduled.
View a complete schedule of CCM’s Benjamin Britten Centenary Celebration here. You can always find the most up-to-date information on CCM’s calendar of events at ccm.uc.edu. Define your inspiration at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music.
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UC Hosts Global Lens Film Festival This Fall

CCM hosts 2013 Global Lens Film Festival ScreeningsThe University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Division of Electronic Media (CCM E-Media) and the University of Cincinnati Libraries will host free public screenings of ten award-winning narrative feature films from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Serbia this fall as part of the Global Film Initiative’s 2013 Global Lens film series.

All films will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in the TUC MainStreet Cinema on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, except for the screening of Eduardo Nunes’ Southwest, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Launched in 2003, the Global Lens film series is designed to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. The 2013 series premiered at the Museum of Modern Art this past January and is now being presented in over 35 cities across the United States and Canada.

This year’s film series includes The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol) on Sept. 4, Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong) on Sept. 18, Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) on Oct. 2, The Parade (Parada) on Oct. 9, About 111 Girls (Darbare 111 Dokhtar) on Oct. 16, Life Kills Me (La Vida Me Mata) on Oct. 30, Cairo 678 on Nov. 6, Student on Nov. 13, Southwest (Sudoeste) on Dec. 2 and Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights on Dec. 4. Learn more about each film below.

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CCM E-Media Presents Free Screening of ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film on April 24

CCM E-Media will host a debut screening of the documentary film Gold Rush Expedition Race at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the MainStreet Cinema of UC’s Tangeman University Center. Admission is free and open to the general public.

The screening of this hour long film will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a question and answer session with the student producers, camera operators and film editors.

Educationally grounded, professionally driven and student produced, the Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary is a collaborative film produced by an interdisciplinary group of students at UC working under the guidance of a professional television and film producer/director. Sponsored by the UC Forward Collaborative, the project involved 33 students from four academic programs at three colleges at the University of Cincinnati:

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