Student documentaries earn national honors

first_imgFor a few recent graduates, a class project turned into national recognition. “The Elect” and “Picking Up America,” two documentaries created for a documentary production class in 2010, have been official selections and award winners at film festivals across the country this year. Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) faculty member Ted Mandell taught the class for which the films were made. “In the past few years [Notre Dame] has been more successful in terms of getting into national and international film festivals,” Mandell said. Produced by 2011 graduates Erin Zacek and Dan Moore, “The Elect” was selected for the Los Angeles film festival for its behind-the-scenes look at the Scottsboro Baptist Church. “When we went to the LA film festival, out of 5,000 films, to be selected and to stand out from that many quality films was really exciting,” Zacek said. “Picking Up America,” produced by Michael Burke and Marie Wicht of the Class of 2011, tells the story of the environmentalist group Pick Up America, which has been picking up trash across the country since March 2010 to raise awareness about waste and pollution. In addition to being selected for 12 festivals, the film won the Social Change Award at the Ivy Film Festival and Best Nature Film at the Yosemite Film Festival. “It was super rewarding to have someone stand up and say, ‘This is the film that can inspire the most change’… Knowing that it worked and people are responding to it is rewarding,” Wicht said. “We’re college kids … We got in competing against non-student films.” Mandell said Notre Dame’s FTT department offers students unique opportunities that have contributed to such successes. First, Notre Dame offers filmmakers funding and grants to travel, which is key when making films of national scope and interest, Mandell said. Both films’ creators took advantage of the Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, a grant for FTT students created by a 1986 Notre Dame graduate. “We got funding totaling over $1,000 … That covered all our travel expenses, as well as submission fees for somewhere around 20 film festivals,” Burke said. The relatively small size small of Notre Dame’s film department gives students the benefit of more faculty attention and more access to equipment, Mandell said. “Our documentary class had eight people. To get that kind of one-on-one attention from the professor and feedback from the class … was a luxury,” Zacek said. Because of small classes, film students participate in every aspect of the filmmaking process, including writing, producing, cinematography, directing and editing, Mandell said. “For [“Picking up America,”] it was me and Dan doing the whole thing,” Zacek said. “At a bigger school I’d just have one job, like editing. But for FTT, here we got to do the whole thing just the two of us, and that versatility was great to have.” The Arts and Letters and University requirements that FTT majors must take in addition to their film classes also make more well-rounded students, Mandell said. “Students are more prepared when they get to the real world,” he said. “They are more aware of issues and ways to approach them.” As these documentaries continue their tour of film festivals, the students are enjoying their success, Burke said. “I’m still surprised how welcoming all these festivals are to student filmmakers,” he said. “The fact that a college student — and even a high school student in some festivals — can have an opportunity like that is something I was totally unaware of. “What’s been most surprising is the way you get treated as a filmmaker at festivals.”last_img read more

Long Island Nightlife Events – Summer 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A list of ongoing weekly summer parties on Long Island.SundaysSunday Funday @ Tropix, Freeport. Food, drinks and fun on the Nautical Mile. Cabana rentals available.SIN (Service Industry Night) @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Enjoy 50 percent off all drinks between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.Steel Brunch Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueSandbox Sundays @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, Live music starts at 3 p.m.Sunday Funday @ Flynn’s,  Fire Island, The party starts at 3 p.m. with happy hour and drink specials.Sundays @ The Boardy Barn, Hampton Bays, All day and night weekend summer party.Sunday Night Funnies @ Governor’s, Levittown; Brokerage, Bellmore; & McGuire’s, Bohemia;  Comedy Clubs, The best in stand-up comedy.Live Music/Free Curry Buffet @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m. no cover.MondaysCruel Summer @ The Leaky Lifeboat Inn, Seaford, ’80s theme night and drink specials, no cover.Karaoke Mondays @ Napper Tandy’s NorthportMartini Mondays @ Changing Times Pub Farmingdale, Half-price martinis, cosmos includedWing Night @ McCann’s, Massapequa, dozen wings for $5, $9 pitchers of Coors, drink specials.Out of the Weeds @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, LI’s biggest Monday night summer party with VIP bottle service area and world-renowned DJs.Open Mic @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, 2fers between 9 & 10 p.m.Mystery Mondays @ Changing Times Bay Shore, Spin the wheel from 7 p.m. till close for different food and drink specials.Employee Night @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueLive Acoustic Music @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m., no cover.Industry Night @ Four Food Studio, Melville, Bottle service reservations required. Special guest DJ in the lounge.TuesdaysCountry Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, $4 Pickleback shots, $3 Jack Daniels shots, Coors Banquet Cans & PBR cans; live music.$4 Tapps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Smithtown, $4 special on draft beer.Reggae Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueMexican Night @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & IslipKaraoke Tuesdays @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, 2-fers at the bar.Beer Club Night @ The Lark, East Northport, $1 off all beers for Beer Club Members, 25 percent off all beers for all Gold Club members, $1 off all pizzas and apps for everyone else 9 p.m.-midnight.Open Mic Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $3 pints, hosted by Steve from That ’70s Band.WednesdaysHump Day Hoedown @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueHalf Price Wine Night @ Honu, HuntingtonCountry Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, With My Country 96.1 FM.Trivia Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 8-10 p.m. $1 Bud mugs. Win cash prizes.All the Wings U Can Handle @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Smithtown & Miller PlaceLive Music Wednesdays @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 6-9 p.m.Open Mic @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, Brooklyn Brewery taps on special all night. No cover 8-10 p.m. for $13.For the latest events, check out our full Summer Calendar of 2013 events on Long Island here!ThursdaysTropical Thursdays @ View, Oakdale, Live reggae with a waterfront view; Heineken & Bacardi specials, outdoor dining & docking.Ladies Night Dance Thursdays @ Tropix, Freeport, Classics from the ’70s- ’90s and half-priced drinks for ladies from 6-9 p.m. on the Nautical Mile.Rock, Paper, Scissors Tourney @ The Cortland, Bay ShoreOpen Mic Night @ Mr. Beery’s, BethpageLadies Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, Ladies drink free. $2 Bud Light Bottles, 9 p.m.-midnight. With DJ Chris Kenny.GQ Thursdays @ Wall Street, Hauppauge, DJ dance party.Ladies Night @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Ladies drink free every Thursday.2fers Thursdays @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 2fers on everything from 9 p.m.-midnight.$4 Taps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $4 special on draft beer.Ladies Night Rock House @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Between 10 p.m. & 11 p.m.; no cover before midnight.Ladies Night/DJ/Drink specials @ Velvet Lounge, East SetauketLadies Night/Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Half-price small plates from 8-10 p.m.; $6 signature cocktails from 8 p.m.- midnight. $5 drinks from 5-7 p.m. for all.FridaysHappy Hour & Beach Party @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island ParkFriday Night Dance Party @ Wall Street, HauppaugeCorporate Happy Hour @ Four Food Studio, Melville, LI’s biggest indoor and outdoor happy hour with half-price drinks from 4-8 p.m. Top 40 DJ mix spun live.Corporate Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Honu invites you for Friday Corporate Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m., featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and $5 drinks. Call ahead and register eight or more people and the first round of drinks is free.$3 For All Fridays @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, 3fers on Miller Lites, 9 p.m.-midnight; $3 Captain Morgan or Malibu drinks; $3 Jameson shots.Bang the Buds @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $1 Bud bottles & $1 shots 9 p.m.-midnight.Girls Night Out @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Free admission for ladies. $4 bomb shots, Stoli drinks for everyone; $5 Coors Light for everyone.Ladies Night @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $1 drinks for ladies, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; 2 for $5 Miller Lite bottles, 10 p.m.-midnight for everyone; $3 Pinnacle bombs all night; half-price apps, midnight till close. DJ dance party 10 p.m.-4 a.m.Dueling Pianos @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, 6 p.m.; 2 for 1 bottled beer and drinks 3-8 p.m.Girls Night Out @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, Ladies drink free from 9 p.m.-midnight.½ Price Fridays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Got $5? Get a wristband before 11 p.m. for half-price drinks all night long.On the Rocks @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Drink special $10; $4 imports, $5 mixed drinks, reduced top shelf.Ultimate Happy Hour @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueHappy Hour @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 3-7 pm., free buffet.Friday Nights @ Tropix, Freeport, With live DJs on the Nautical Mile.SaturdaysKarma @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, You and five friends enjoy Top 40 dance party. No cover before 1 a.m. with VIP print.Saturday Night Dance Party @ The Emporium, PatchogueTropical Saturdays @ Havana Central, Garden CitySaturday Night Dance Party @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore & FarmingdaleAbsolutely Saturdays @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, $4 Absolut drinks; $4 Heineken Lights.Southbar Saturdays @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, DJ, $3 Bud light bottles and Rail drinks.Party Rock Saturdays @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, 2-fers all night for ladies.All Night Long Saturdays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, $3 U-Call-It shots all night long. Free shots for the bar every time they play a Lionel Richie song.I Heart Latin Saturdays @ Wall Street, HauppaugeHeineken Concert Series @ Dublin Deck, Patchoguelast_img read more

Hall completes move to QPR

first_img QPR head coach Chris Ramsey told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’ve always liked Grant from when I worked with him at Spurs. “He’s an old fashioned defender – he can head the ball, he can tackle and he doesn’t mind putting his foot in when he needs to. But he can play as well from the back, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do when the opportunities present themselves this season. “He’s still a young boy and centre-half is a very responsible position, but he’s got experience in the Championship and that’s vitally important for us.” Hall, who has been on trial at Loftus Road over the summer, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. The 23 year-old was registered prior to the midday deadline and is therefore expected to go straight into the Hoops squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship opener against Charlton at The Valley. QPR have signed Tottenham defender Grant Hall for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more