(March 9, 2009) - The DeSales University Performing and Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce that legendary film actor Leslie Nielsen will headline the Ninth Annual Student Film Festival. Nielsen will be on campus Friday, March 27, and, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will host a Q&A session with Theatre and TV/Film students in the Schubert Theatre in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. Nielsen will also appear that evening at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Labuda Center for a Q&A with the assembled audience prior to the 8:00 p.m. showing of the Student Film Festival. The event is sponsored in part by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation. The DeSales Student Film Festival is the world premiere screening that spotlights the works of student screenwriters, directors and cinematographers.
[Note to editor: media is invited to cover the event. Cameras and recording equipment are also permitted. Mr. Nielson will speak briefly with the press following the event. Media should contact Roseann Damico Schatkowski at 610-282-1100 ext. 1547 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance.]
Leslie Nielsen is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures and more than 1500 television appearances. He built a reputation portraying manly authority figures (including the Space Ship Commander in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet and the Captain of the ill-fated cruise ship in The Poseidon Adventure) before he turned his image inside out with a hysterically funny deadpan performance as the loopy doctor in Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker's (ZAZ) Airplane! (1980). He continued to work with the ZAZ comedy team on the TV series Police Squad! on which he originated the role of police Lt. Frank Drebin, which he re-created in The Naked Gun, in the 1991 sequel Naked Gun 2 1/2 and again in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of a Canadian Mounted Policeman, Nielsen spent his earliest years living near the Arctic Circle, and later served as an aerial gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The TV/Film Program's ninth annual Student Film Festival is slated for March 26 to March 28. Featuring a world premiere slate of creative, intelligent, and entertaining student films produced by TV/Film students, the Student Film Festival is a two-hour program screening of works written, directed, and produced by TV/Film majors ranging from short film, and music videos to educational media, trailers, commercials, and much more. Highlights from this year's festival include:
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is spoofed by filmmaker Jordan Oplinger's Mercury Sable. Filmmaker Adam Schiffer's Taking the Plunge is a comical informational video that educates young college graduates on successful strategies for landing that first job. Just Dance is a music video of the song by Lady GaGA filmed by Christie Czerpack. Filmmaker Robert F. Killion's To Wash Between Whiles features an alcoholic who has a vision of the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." He discovers that his life is stagnant and his emotions have accumulated like dirty dishes at an endless tea party. In Killion's Too Dim two roommates vastly over-complicate a simple procedure of changing a light bulb.
Kelly Orenshaw's I Wear My Heat on My Sleeve is a multi-disciplinary, dance on camera piece featuring music, theatre, dance, cinematography and literature. Jason Pirrung's Boarding Time is a rather absurd story featuring two people who find refuge in one another, while in the men's room of an airport during a snowstorm. Matthew Nye's Server is a compelling look into the day in the life of one waitress. Unsolved Mysteries by Tim Martin tells the story of a young man who innocently walks through life only to accidently run into multiple unexplained crime scenes that leave him both a suspect and very perplexed. Matt Peck's Haunted features a young man who moves into a new home with his girlfriend, but finds himself haunted by the ghost of his best friend.
John M. White's Lean Cuisine is the story of a man who really likes Lean Cuisine and love and sometimes he mixes the two up. Loic de Lame's Once Upon A Time is a fantasy tale of a farmer and his maiden.
Filmmaker Chris Brockway's The Ticket to Happiness is 16 mm film short in which a businessman fights a homeless man for a winning lottery ticket. The festival will also screen a trailer of his Other Worlds, an independent short film about a superhero who comes to life from a girl's beloved comic book. This is the first superhero movie ever made at DeSales.
The DeSales University Student Film Festival takes place on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Labuda Center box office at 610-282-3192 or visit www.desales.edu.
Press Release: Legendary Actor Leslie Nielsen to Headline Ninth Annual Student Film Festival at DeSales | Posted on: 3/9/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu