Department Highlights - Entertainment Arts

Alumnus Jamie Surgener '09 was awarded the Best Editing prize at the first Detroit Independent Film Festival at the Burton Theatre for his film â??AVABOT.â? This award follows close on the heels of his wins at the DIY Festival in Los Angeles. Surgener was also on the post-production team for Tim Burton's â??Alice in Wonderland,â? which opened nationwide in March. He worked with a crew at With a Twist Studios that included alumni Chris Grocok â??08, Tim Kafantaris '08, Marybeth Kiczenski '08, See Hang '08 and Tou Yeng Xiong '09. Alumnus Jake Keller '09 is now working at PixoFactor Entertainment in Royal Oak on postproduction for locally produced films and DVD content. He is also in preproduction on a new film of his own. Junior Eddie Sabatini edited â??HANDS,â? a short experimental film by documentarian Albert Maysles, as part of his internship with the legendary filmmaker. The film premiered at the New Museum in New York City on March 19. Junior Michael Dingess has been selected to attend The Melbourne Film Experience this summer in Melbourne, Australia through AustraLearn. In this intensive program of study Dingess will write, direct and a produce a short film of his own from concept to finished product, attend filmmaking workshops through the Swinburne University of Technology School of Film and Television and actively participate in the Melbourne International Film Festival. Alumni Jake Keller â??09 and Alex Grossfeld â??09 recently completed a Web series for Motorola documenting a CCS-based Sponsored Project during the fall semester. Alumnus Adam Engler '08 is working as the digital intermediate assistant for postproduction on "Game of Death" starring Wesley Snipes, which was recently shot in Detroit. â??Everything to Live For,â? an experimental short film by Scott Northrup, assistant professor, is an official selection of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor Film Festival Director, Donald Harrison invited CCS students to create signal films (or bumpers) for the week-long festival.