I founded the Open Frame Film Fest, a student film fest held at Malone University each year, which has facilitated the making and showing of more than one hundred short student films over the past twelve years. The one-day-only event includes films, written, directed, scored acted and produced by students. My students have produced comedies, dramas, westerns, animated pieces, documentaries, music videos and art films; all are welcome at the festival.
The Open Frame also includes a number of training and development events throughout the year to help students develop their filmmaking and storytelling skills. Students are encouraged to collaborate with each other, community members, professionals and faculty to develop their films.
Many of the students who make films for the Open Frame have gone on to make films after college, work in other media-related jobs, and work in Hollywood, CA. Others have gone on to more varied professions including teaching, sales, ministry, management, journalism, music and public relations. The Open Frame supplements the curriculum of the Communication Arts Department at Malone University.
Under my direction, this is the third year that the Communication Arts Department has offered a concentration in film. Building on the good work of our students for the last twelve years, our film program offers courses both in film studies (understanding film critically) and film production (utilizing digital cinema tools to tell visual stories). Malone University has retrofitted our new Student Media Center with a studio space, three dedicated editing suites, production offices and a Story Development Center.