For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017

Contact: Jane Lehr
805-756-1525; jlehr@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Students to Screen Short Films at the 23rd SLO International Film Festival

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students will screen short films at the 23rd SLO International Film Festival at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. The screening, part of the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, will take place in the Mission Cinemas at 1025 Monterey St., which is next door to the Fremont Theater.

Ranging from heartwarming to bone chilling, the students’ short films convey stories of self-discovery, sibling rivalry, inescapable danger and humor shared between friends.

The short films were written, produced and directed by Cal Poly students over the past quarter as a collaboration between two classes, ISLA 341: Cinematic Process, which is taught by award-winning film editor and screenwriter Randi Barros; and ART 483: Digital Video II, taught by Professor Jim Werner. Many students in the classes are working toward an interdisciplinary minor in media arts, society and technology as part of the Science, Technology and Society Minors Program.

To support the professional development of these students and prepare them for the SLO IFF showcase, the program coordinated four hands-on workshops this quarter to complement course instruction. The program hosted Simo Nylander, former vice president of locally-based Aspect Studios, who gave a presentation on the fundamentals of cinematography and lighting; Mark Stolaroff, filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based No Budget Film School; and documentary filmmaker Gabe London, who presented workshops on “The Social Justice Filmmaking Process” and “Storytelling and Social Change.” Funding for these workshops was provided in part by the California State University Entertainment Alliance.

This is the second year that Cal Poly students from these courses have participated as a group in the SLO International Film Festival. Last year’s screening was the first organized collaboration between the SLO IFF and the university to showcase Cal Poly student work at the event. Because it was so popular last year, festival organizers chose to move it to a larger venue this year.

Tickets for the screening will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening is free for all Cal Poly students with IDs. For more information about individual tickets or festival passes, visit slofilmfest.org. Sponsors for the screening include the College of Liberal Arts and the Science, Technology and Society Minors Program.

Links
- College of Liberal Arts: www.cla.calpoly.edu
- Science, Technology and Society Minors Program: http://sts.calpoly.edu
- SLO International Film Festival: slofilmfest.org
- California State University Entertainment Alliance: http://csuentertainment.com/

About Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts comprises 15 departments and two interdisciplinary programs, offering highly selective programs in the arts, humanities, communications and social sciences. Providing nearly one-third of the university’s instruction, the college serves as an essential component of liberal arts education for all students at Cal Poly. The college fosters excellence within its cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses while diversifying, extending and enriching the broader polytechnic environment.

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