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Visual Communication Design 2019 Capstone

Visual Communication Design seniors in the Division of Communication and Creative Media presented their capstone projects to a packed house in the Champlain College Art Gallery on Dec. 9. The semester-long process involved 31 students asking a question and doing research, before presenting their findings in a visual format. Continue reading

Game Studio Seniors Present Capstone Games

On November 25, game studio seniors presented the 23 capstone games that they’ve been working on for the past semester with their teams. A panel of game professors selected 8 games to move forward to next semester. Students who worked on the games that have been cut will join the teams that moved forward. Next semester, the 8 teams will present their polished games.

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Julia Swift Attends NYC and LA Film Events

Julia Swift, assistant professor of Filmmaking, travelled to New York City on Nov. 9 for the Netflix premiere of Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). A little more than a week later, she flew out to LA for the premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes.” Swift brought along Champlain College alumni on both trips.

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Broadcast Media Production Majors Livestream 16th Annual Rail Jam

Champlain’s Ski & Ride Club hosted the 2019 Rail Jam on campus the night of Nov. 14. About 20 skiers and 20 snowboarders took to the ramp and rails to show off their skills in Finney Quad in front of nearly 100 spectators. 

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Reading & Writing Students Explore Leicester Hollow Trail

Professor Jim Ellefson’s Reading & Writing in the Wilderness class recently went for an invigorating hike in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Students also met Ellefson’s farm animals (and received llama kisses) and enjoyed a warm and cozy bonfire.

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Van Dora Williams Presents on The Black Press

Associate Professor Dr. Van Dora Williams (program director for Broadcast Media Production, Filmmaking, and Sonic Arts at Champlain College) was an invited panelist at the 13th Annual Black New England Conference. The conference, “Black Ink: African American News from Slave Songs to Social Media” was held October 25-26 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. Continue reading

Julia Swift Attends LA Premiere for “The Irishman”

Julia Swift, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, spent Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, where she attended Netflix’s premiere of “The Irishman.” As a member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Swift was flown out by Netflix in order to attend the event. Continue reading

Blake Donovan Awarded Stowe Story Lab Fellowship

Earlier this year, junior filmmaking student Blake Donovan was awarded a Fellowship, which allowed him to attend the 2019 Stowe Story Lab. He spent Sept. 7 – 10 at the Helen Day Arts Center in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, where he worked with other screenwriters and industry mentors on their screenplays.

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PROFESSOR KEITH OPPENHEIM AND ALUMNA DANIELLE HAZELTON AT VTIFF

The 34th annual Vermont International Film Festival (VITFF) ran Oct.16-27 in downtown Burlington and featured films produced by Champlain faculty and alumni. The festival featured almost 70 independent films shown at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington City Arts, and Echo Lakeside Hall. Continue reading

SWIFT AT THE BOX OFFICE: “ABOMINABLE”

Official Rotten Tomatoes Critic and Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Julia Swift is back with another mychamplainvalley.com movie review. This time she reviewed the 2019 film “Abominable” by Jill Culton. Continue reading