Action! Student Film Festival runs Jan. 24-26

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame will present its 19th annual Student Film Festival from Jan. 24 to 26 (Thursday to Saturday) at 7 and 10p.m. each evening in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for faculty and staff and $3 for students. Tickets are available by calling 574-631-2800 or visiting on the Web.

The approximately 110-minute presentation will exhibit 15 short features that represent the film and video work of Notre Dame students training for careers in film and television. Each film was completed in about two months as a component of intermediate and advanced film and video production courses offered by the University’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre. All films are shot on location, most in the South Bend area, and feature the acting talents of local residents, as well as Notre Dame students and faculty.

This year’s featured films include:

  • “Pope Michael,” whose title character is the winner of the papal election of a handful of “true” Catholics who believe the papacy was vacated with Vatican II, by Adam Fairholm, Emily Gorski and George Heidkamp;
  • “A Convenient Truth,” the story of a Notre Dame student who, inspired by the Al Gore documentary, tries to take advantage of global warming to make South Bend a warmer place, by Dan Moore, Rama Gottumukkala and Corey Baggett;
  • “Dancin’ Uncle Sam,” which introduces a street corner dancer dressed like Uncle Sam who is one of the many odd marketing gimmicks brought out during the tax season, by Mike Peterson and Jessica Guanajuato;
  • “Ring By Spring,” in which Notre Dame undergrads share the moments surrounding their recent engagements, by Jean Milan, Tammy Gillings and Katie Johnson;
  • “My Dinner With Zibby,” by Nich DeCapio and John Lowe, a candid glimpse inside the everyday life of a famous Notre Dame athlete by way of a dream date for an obsessed fan;
  • “The Killing Pastures,” a thriller about a guy, a girl and a horse, reminiscent of a B-horror movie, by Jerry McKeever and Marty Schroeder;
  • “The Bookstore is Too Expensive,” which follows an undergrad during his semiannual trek to the bookstore, by Hank Voge;
  • “In Memoriam,” the story of a young woman searching for the key to bringing back her dear friend, by Maria Iuppa and Katie Parrott;
  • “LuvPod,” in which a stolen iPod leads to a wacky not-so-chance encounter, by Bill DiPiero and Michael Rohman;
  • “The White Tree,” in which a racist high school clique confronts the new kid in town, by Mark Weber, Julian Owyong;
  • “Banana Who?” by Justin Mack and Jake Griswold, asks the question, “Orange you glad this guy’s not your roommate?”
  • “Wake Up,” follows a tired businessman into a noirish nightmare, by Matt Degnan and Brian Doxtader;
  • “The Deal,” a short film by Hank Voge about a rubber deal gone bad;
  • “The Reimann Hypothesis,” in which a troubled high school teacher gets a surprise from a not-so-prized pupil, by Dan Milan and Josh Talley;
  • “The Smoke of Torment,” about a young man’s haunting daily trip to school, by Ian Cooney and Joe Piarulli.

More information about the event is available on the Web at .

Contact: Ted Mandell, FTT, 574-631-6953,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on January 08, 2008.