Cinematic Arts Newsletter

Nurturing the Next Generation of Filmmakers

Students from Bettendorf Middle School, and Mike Gibisser
Students from Bettendorf Middle School, and Mike Gibisser

By Associate Professor and Chair Paula Amad

This year we were especially happy to participate in a new outreach initiative in which our undergraduate and graduate students judged the short fiction and nonfiction films made by a group of Bettendorf Middle School Students. We were very impressed with the potential and quality of the middle school students' work. We welcomed the group of winners and their teachers to campus in April to congratulate them and give them a tour of our facilities and encourage their passion for cinema as a future educational and career goal. Special thanks to Ph.D student Matthew Hipps and M.F.A student Sam Kessie for leading the judging side of this important outreach effort. As one of the middle school students mentioned in her thank-you letter "I am glad that you gave us the chance to visit because it allowed me to see how great a school the U of I really is and it opened my eyes to the opportunities and courses I could take in the future" We hope to be able to continue to nurture the talent of more Iowan students in the future.  

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