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April 24: Student Film Showcase

Free public event held 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 24 in Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium.

Mankato Free Press, 4-22-2012

Making movies ain’t just for Hollywood.

At least one Minnesota State University instructor thinks Mankato can become its own film-making desti­nation. And he said the Tuesday showcase of films created by students in MSU’s film studies minor will prove it.

“ We’re really hoping to become a destination school,” said Ashkan Soltani, who heads up the film studies program. “ There is a market for us.”

The burgeoning film studies pro­gram started in 2010-11 as a minor­only option within the English depart­ment. Though the program remains a minor for the time being, Soltani has ambitious goals of developing a major option, offering more specialized courses and certificates to students who complete advanced courses on Final Cuts, the industry standard in film editing software.

The program has already received an infusion of state- of-the-industry cameras and technical equipment and Soltani said the program has linked about 10 students with paid intern­ships — including one with the History Channel’s popular show “Ice Road Truckers.”

Soltani said the film showcase will provide evidence that MSU is begin­ning to produce professional- qualty filmmakers.

“I think a lot of people will be sur­prised at the skill,” he said.

The showcase includes about 12 films, most under 10 minutes in length. Judges will select a winner and so will members of the audience, who will be given ballots at the end of the showcase.

Soltani said the films represent a variety of genres and techniques.

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