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Faculty Film to Screen at Exhibition in Cannes

Author: Arts and Letters

Gotta Get Out, a short film shot, directed, and produced by Associate Professional Specialist William Donaruma, will be screened at Short Film Corner, a special exhibition of short films at the 2009 Festival de Cannes.

An ode to Gene Kelly musicals, the film stars Erin O’Shea (’08) as a young girl, stuck in the drudgery of her office job and life, fantasizing about achieving her dreams on a Broadway stage.

Gotta Get Out_received a Merit Award from the Accolade Film Awards as well as a Special Jury Award from Filmaka earlier in the year. The film can be viewed online at

Donaruma teaches production courses for the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. He has won Notre Dame’s Kaneb Teaching Award and was recently granted a fellowship at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Originally published by Katie Louvat at on May 11, 2009.