Department News (6-6-16)

We congratulate Lindsay Livingston and Benjamin Thevenin who both received the good news this past week that they passed their third year reviews and have been granted candidacy for continuing faculty status.

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Barta Heiner received an award as supporting actress in a Feature Film from the International Christian Film Festival in Newport News, Virginia, for her performance in The Cokeville Miracle.  T.C. Christensen also received the award for Best Director in the Feature Film Category.The International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) is one o the largest Christian film festivals in the world, and the only Christian festival with a viewing during Cannes. Click here to visit their website.

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This past weekend, Kyle Stapley traveled to the LA area  to talk to media arts alums about transitional experiences for our students and to attend the CineGear Expo at the Paramount lot.  One of the alumni that Kyle met with for a few hours was Matt Janzen, who is currently the Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Lionsgate.  Matt helped identify what media arts could be doing to better serve students who are interested in industry jobs to transition from their academic experiences into careers.  At CineGear, Kyle was able to explore new equipment options that have recently been released.  (He usually attends NAB, but it conflicted with finals this year.)  CineGear was held on the Paramount lot, which was fun to visit.  He looked at some server space options and beginning level cameras by Canon and Sony.  Kyle was glad his wife Laura was able to accompany him on this trip while Grandma and Grandpa looked after Daken and Benson!
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This past week, some of the Film London Study Abroad students visited Etham Palace, The National Portrait gallery, and The William Morris Gallery. They also saw Makibefo at the British Film Institute (a South African interpretation of Macbeth), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (a play from the perspective of an autistic boy), Gladiator Live, Double Negative, 1984 Ballet, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre, and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Here is what happened this past week at London Theatre Study Abroad as reported byKatie Jarivs: “On Monday we went to an exhibit titled “Shakespeare in Ten Acts” at the British Library, and that night we went to a very interesting Irish interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew at The Globe Theater. On Tuesday we saw a new devised work calledThe Voyager.  On Wednesday we saw Deep Blue Sea at the National Theater. Thursday we went to the incomparable Kew Gardens, and visited Hampton Court and grounds. That night we went to Shakespeare’s King John at the The Rose Theater Kingston. On Friday, we all got on a bus first thing in the morning and headed to Stonehenge. After the neolithic adventure we went to the city of Bath and toured the ancient Roman baths and some of us ran off to have tea at the Jane Austen Center. That evening we saw the contemporary work The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, performed at the Bristol Old Vic. The performance included dance, music, expressionistic staging, creative embodiment of paintings, and portrayals of a Russian and Jewish experience during the World Wars. Saturday we went to Stourhead House and Gardens. We are loving this experience, and hope to make the most of this last week!”

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