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SHSU Hosts Student Showcase of Film and Animation Work

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Mass Communication and Department of Art invite the public to the Fall SHSU Student Showcase featuring short films made by five student directors along with several computer animated shorts created by art students.

“This event will allow our students to bring their stories to the community,” said Associate Professor of Film, Tom Garrett. “Film, in essence, is digital storytelling, and it’s what we love to do.”

The Department of Mass Communication’s film program started in 2012 and has grown substantially in the past three years. Participating students have had their films accepted to film festivals around the world including Festival de Cannes, where several students interned with Lionsgate and other prestigious companies.

The Department of Art’s computer animation program has gained notoriety with student and faculty recognition in animation and film festivals. Recently, the Animation Career Review ranked the program as sixth in the Southwest.

The Student Showcase is one of the first events this fall to be presented at Old Town Theatre as a part of the venue’s new partnership with SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. The collaboration hopes to bring various cultural and artistic events to the community of Huntsville and surrounding areas. The showcase will take place on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Old Town Theatre in downtown Huntsville at 1023 12th Street. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tom Garrett at tgg009@shsu.edu.

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