by Kassidy Taylor
Dimmed lights, popcorn and the big screen were the key components of Wednesday’s Cinema Arts Day, an Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) event showcasing student films, scripts and audio productions.
The event featured an array of projects that spanned genres, from video essays to podcasts to comedic shorts.
Communication arts majors Johnathan Lemitelamy ’19, Hunter MacDowell ’18, Christopher Perez ’18 and Kyle Sanborn ’18 debuted their horror film “Mama’s Boy,” which followed a babysitter whose night takes a turn for the worst. Fellow communication arts major Cayla Perkins-Goodrie ’20 presented her audio piece “The Few. The Proud. The ‘I Was Going to Join the Military,” a parodic take on a recruitment advertisement.
In his documentary, Joseph Riley ’18 offered the audience a glimpse into his personal life. “Prove Them Wrong” centered on his younger sister Delaney, who refuses to let cerebral palsy define her. The film followed the challenges she has faced and the odds she has defied, as well as her experience horseback riding and volunteering at UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
Cinema Arts Day also featured cross-cultural civic engagement podcasts by political science students. Covering topics from addiction to voting, the podcasts were guided by politics & society majors Justen Norcott ’18 and Meredith Howe ’18, who participated in a month-long digital media residency at Drake University through the Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement project.
UNH Manchester’s URC concludes Friday, April 27, with the engineering technology senior project presentations. Stop by rooms 201, 142 and 146 at the Pandora Mill between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to check out what seniors in the electrical and mechanical engineering technology programs have been working on throughout the year.
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