Fox 11 News (WLUK TV) in Green Bay, WI aired a feature on the first ACM Student Film Conference and Festival, hosted by Lawrence University on April 1-3. The segment included video clips showing screenings of films and students and faculty from ACM colleges gathered at the festival.
The news segment included interviews with Lawrence artist-in-residence Catherine Tatge, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and consultant to the Lawrence film studies program, and Macalester College student Heather Johansen, whose film was screened at the festival.
Tatge said that the talent displayed by the students was reflected in the “phenomenal” level of professionalism of the films, and noted that the festival is also an opportunity to “see what students are thinking about, what their concerns are.”
Nearly 70 student films, selected from among 150 entries submitted by students at ACM colleges, were screened at the festival. Ranging in length from about two minutes to 22 minutes, the films included documentaries, short narratives, animation, music videos, and public service announcements.
The Film Festival and Conference received funding from the ACM Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) program through a grant to three faculty who collaborated in planning the event: Amy Ongiri (Lawrence University), Theresa Galler (Grinnell College), and John Kaufman (Beloit College).