Comedy and documentary television projects produced by California State University, Northridge students will be central elements of the Los Angeles Regional 4th of July live televised celebration.
In its ninth year, the daylong broadcast on KVMD-TV highlights activities and other projects, including the Firecracker Film Festival, that underscore the national values celebrated on July 4. The show is available on all cable systems as well as Verizon FiOS, AT&T Uverse, DirecTV and Dish Network. It also will be streamed on the Web at www.laregional4th.com.
Four CSUN senior television projects were selected as part of the Firecracker Film Festival, an hour-long segment of the broadcast that presents stories that deal with Fourth of July themes.
“Its a very high honor for our students to have their senior projects televised,” said Thelma Vickroy, head of the television option in CSUN’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts. “The caliber of the television projects chosen to be aired is just wonderful, and their topics are so suited to be broadcasted on the Fourth of July.”
Tim Greenwood, producer and host of Los Angeles Regional 4th of July, called the student projects “fantastic.”
“We are pleased to include them in the show,” he said.
The Firecracker Film Festival is scheduled to air between 4 and 5 p.m. on July 4.
The four student films selected to be broadcast are:
• “The Problems with Perfection,” a documentary that explores the special connection three different groups of people have to Lake Tahoe and their desire to help the lake blue. It was produced by Joe Resella, directed by Daniel Rafael, who also did photography direction, written by Lia Leon and edited by Jessica Nguyen, with production and post-production sound by Archie Khorasani and music composed by Daniel Ciurlizza.
• “The Snowy Plover,” a documentary that explores the history of the endangered snowy plover bird and well as efforts to save the species along California’s coast. It was produced and directed by Colin Sherry-Quennell, written by David Gonzalez, edited by Alex Begines, with photography direction by Jeremy Penaojas, production and post-production sound by Donsel Mitchell and music composed by William Woodland.
• “Old Sodbury,” a comedy about three village losers who set off on an adventure to rescue the fairest maiden in all of Old Sodbury and to prove their worth as heroes. It was produced by Vanessa Carr and Devon Bradbury, directed by Imran Shaikh, written by Michael Holcombe and edited by Armando Aparicia and Anthony Miranda, with with photography direction by Kristina Ivanova, production design by Kayla Dudenhoeffer and Chris Dowdy, production sound by Keith Little, post-production sound by David Choi and music composed by Taylor Lipari.
• “Ready for Sunday,” a documentary about the delicate balance professional motorcycle rider Marcus Crider must maintain while juggling his passion for racing with his personal life. It is produced by Jake Crider, written by Kimberly Brandon and edited by Abraham Shadian, with photography direction provided by Jake Bultman, production and post-production sound by Jason Lo, graphic design by Wade Olson and music composed by Surin Song.
Cal State Northridge’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts, housed in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, has an international reputation for producing dedicated and talented entertainment industry professionals who recognize the value of hard work as they learn and continue to perfect their crafts. The department’s alumni work in all aspects of entertainment media, from writing, producing and directing to manning cameras and having the final say in what project is made.