This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Traverse City Film Festival as well as the first year MSU students have been invited to showcase student films as part of the event.
The six films by MSU students selected include: “D is for Dream” is a film that explores the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Detroit; “Out of the Box” is a documentary following the MSU Media Sandbox Street Team’s stops at four cities between Detroit and Austin, Texas, to help revamp the media needs of underserved non-profits; “Inconclusive” is about electroshock therapy in the 1960s; “A Public Affair” is a film in which reality and fantasy meet; “Every Two Minutes” is a film about sexual assault in America; and “Heart Effects” is an animated short.
“I can speak on behalf of the ‘Every Two Minutes’ team when I say that we are very excited that it’s being screened at the Traverse City Film Festival this year,” Kirk Mason, producer of “Every Two Minutes,” said. “After the initial screening, this is the first time it has been played for an audience and we are looking forward to hearing their reactions. It’s a prestigious festival and we are honored to have our work be a part of it. TCFF is just the beginning! We are in conversations with a student group in California and some others for continued screenings around the country. A few of us have done some international travel since the production of it, and we have been trying to further a global discussion, using our documentary as another resource. Wherever we go we are spreading the message of ‘Every Two Minutes’ and sexual assault advocacy.”
The MSU shorts were shown at noon at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City on July 30, 2014.