Category Archives: Announcements

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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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

AL LARSEN AND STUDENTS VISIT MASS MoCA

Al Larsen, Associate Professor and Program Director for the Creative Media BFA Program, recently took 32 Champlain College students on a bus trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) for the day. The majority of students were from three of Larsen’s Creative Media classes. Larsen said that although the art scene in Vermont is vibrant and thriving, it’s typically not as large-scale as the work displayed at MASS MoCA. Continue reading

PAHI O’CARROLL’S MĀORI CARVING UNVEILED

Following a ceremony on Sept. 27, Dwayne Pahi O’Carroll’s carved door lintel, Te Hononga, was unveiled and placed on the wall outside of the Champlain Room. The unveiling ceremony was the culmination of Pahi’s month-long artist residency at Champlain College, where he carved the Pare whakairo – a traditional Māori carving. Continue reading