Over winter break, eight Champlain College students travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to co-produce two short films, alongside local Saudi filmmakers as part of a one-credit travel embedded course. The students’ majors include Filmmaking, Broadcast Media Production, and Creative Media. Professors John Rasmussen, Julia Swift, and Van Dora Williams were faculty leaders of the trip. This was the first year the trip was offered, but Rasmussen says it certainly won’t be the last.
Three faculty members in the Division of Communication and Creative Media are using funds from the newly created Student Experience Grant to make a difference in Champlain students’ education. Roz Whitaker-Heck, Jim Ellefson, and John Rasmussen received the grants offered through the Office of the Provost to organize meaningful experiences for students, such as international […]
Ti Laurent, is a 2015 film directed by Champlain College Assistant Professor of Film John Rasmussen premiering Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. He will be in attendance at the screening to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.
Film Director John Rasmussen
Ti Laurent centers on a young, poor boy (Pedro Bellabe) who is fighting for survival. Scenes were shot on the streets of the La Savane section of Les Cayes, the most impoverished region in southern Haiti. A review of Ti Laurent was recently reviewed in Seven Days. For ticket information, visit The Vermont International Film Foundation website:vtiff.org
Rasmussen is a filmmaker working in narrative, documentary and experimental forms. His work ranges from project documentation for organizations such as Oxfam, The United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative and Americorps to grassroots local narrative filmmaking in the U.S. and Haiti.
Rasmussen’s work has been exhibited in festivals in Mexico, Haiti, France, Canada, China and the United States. He has taught a wide variety of courses in filmmaking at The University of Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design, Le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince and founded a film group in the low-income neighborhood of La Savane in Les Cayes, Haiti.