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23rd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival to Screen Jan. 19 to 21

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Student Film Festival

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival returns to campus January 19 to 21 (Thursday to Saturday) at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, 574-631-2800 or online at

Admission is $3 for students, $5 for Notre Dame faculty and staff and $6 for the general public. The total running time is approximately 105 minutes with each film three to 12 minutes in length.

A campus tradition for 23 years, the festival features short films made during the past year as class projects by students studying the art of filmmaking in advanced, intermediate and introductory film production courses taught in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. All of the films were shot on location, most in the South Bend area. Michiana residents, fellow students, and Notre Dame faculty loaned their acting skills to the projects. From dark comedy to documentary, the films cover a wide range of genres.

This year’s festival features a brand new slate of 16 creative, intelligent, and entertaining films:

  • King of the Park, Marty Flavin, Megan Kozak—Come one, come all to Ye Battle of the Dueling Park Performers.
  • Worn Souls, Siobhan Martinez, Jon Simpkins—A touching and bittersweet tale of a couple’s journey through love and loss.
  • The Talker, Will Thwaites, Ryan Taylor, Jimmy Long—On the court and in the classroom, women’s basketball player Brittany Mallory gets her message across.
  • Cassette, Kurt Zhuang, Rob Schaus—Isolated in a post apocalyptic world, a lone soldier has one thing to hold onto.
  • Roundabout, Will Thwaites, Alissa Ott—The pressures of a child custody hearing take their toll on a mother trying to keep it together.
  • Valentrippin, Sara McGuirk—A modern day Chaplin tries some campus romance the old school way.
  • Project Hopeful, Kelsie Kiley, Grace Johnson—A woman in Illinois with seven biological children has chosen to double the size of her family in a most inspiring way, by adopting orphans with HIV/AIDS … and she helps others to do so as well.
  • Flip, Chris Silvestri, Kathleen Bracke—A solitary, rhythmic day turns on a flip as business finds art for a fleeting moment.
  • Virus, Kelsie Kiley, Sean O’Rourke—Orwell and Metropolis meet Notre Dame.
  • Krumnow vs. Krumnow, Will Thwaites, Deanna Abrash—The mayor of a tiny town in Ohio seeks re-election, only to be opposed by his laid back brother.
  • Look Away, Luis Ibarra, Brendan Fitzpatrick—Mind games haunt a student searching for the lady in red.
  • Miller’s Vets, Ryan Taylor, Chris Parr, Jimmy Long—At South Bend’s Center For The Homeless, a group of local military veterans with a common dilemma find strength in each other and the community.
  • Torn, Blake Avery—Student. Woman. Study. Party.
  • Soles, Collin Erker, Nicole Timmerman—A love story told from the bottom up.
  • Some Serious Work, Chris Parr, Deanna Abrash—Kat Rodriguez is one of the many Notre Dame women who’ve made boxing their sport of choice.
  • Triple Threat, Grace Carini, Caroline Maroney—A superbad roomie ignites a superbad dorm room argument.

Sponsored by the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Visit for complete details on the Festival.

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