Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Get your film into a festival!

For television/film production students, finding a way in to the film festival circuit can be a difficult task. Many of their competitors have industry connections, considerable funding, managers/publicists, and other professional resources such as state of the art equipment, sound stages, and distribution support.

The High Street Film Festival was created for students only. The festival will allow individuals to compete against other talented students as opposed to industry professionals.

It is our mission to prove that great films are not created by big budgets, high tech equipment, and extensive crews but by passionate individuals with creative stories and unyielding determination.


The High Street Film Festival will be held at George Eastman House's (Rochester, NY) Dryden Theatre on June 12th, 2010.

The festival will begin at noon and end at 6 p.m.

* Five hours will be dedicated to screening films

* One hour will be reserved for a brief intermission, closing statements, and post festival networking opportunity.

Why Submit?

1) The High Street Film Festival is a great opportunity for students, and only students, to have their creative works publicly premiered.

2) The judging panel for The High Street Film Festival will consist of several industry professionals from Los Angeles and New York City. The festival will be a great opportunity for students to have their works constructively criticized and praised by television/film actors, producers, writers, and directors.

* Also, once the event has concluded, students will have the opportunity to network and discuss future projects with the judging panel.

3) Acceptance into The High Street Film Festival will allow students to add this credential to their resumes therefore proliferating their professional appearance and increasing their appeal when applying for full-time employment in the television/film industry.

4) IT IS FREE TO SUBMIT! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For information regarding submission procedures and a full list of the festival's rules/regulations please visit the festival's website at:


If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact Matthew Murphy '10 at matthew.murphy.p@gmail.com


Film School students are invited to submit their works for entry in the Second Annual Snohomish Carnegie International Film Festival, to be held October 2010 in the historic Carnegie Library in Snohomish, Washington. SCIFF will feature works from student filmmakers from across the globe, and a panel of judges will award prizes for winning entries in numerous categories. Students are welcome to submit their films of any genre, length, and language. A DVD of the film and any biographical information the filmmaker wishes to provide should be sent to:

W. Gregory Guedel, Attorney at Law

1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3299
Phone: 206-447-8931
Fax: 206-749-2117

The Clearwater Film Festival, set to debut September 29 - October 3, 2010, is now open for submissions and we would love to see your work. The Clearwater Film Festival is a platform built to showcase seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists who demonstrate the synergy of the actor, writer and director. For more information, visit: http://theclearwaterfilmfestival.com

The 2nd Annual Slater Brothers Entertainment's Hamilton, New York International Film Festival will take place this summer. For a complete breakdown of how to submit to the festival, filmmakers should visit the http://www.slaterbrothersentertainment.com/www.slaterbrothersentertainment.com website for a complete breakdown of instructions, rules and regulations.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Park School - a leader in sustainability communications

One of the most important initiatives in the Park School is sustainability -- and the application of media for social change. We've been doing this in a number of ways throughout the years, and as the new Dean, it's going to be one of my top priorities.

In fact, this Thursday morning at 7:30 AM, I'll be interviewed live on WHCU about Park's initiatives.

We've got a lot to be proud of -- and a lot going on this week in particular.

Several of our Communication Management and Design students and alums are putting their knowledge and skills to use in promoting the green economy and sustainable business practices. Sarah Brylinsky, '08, is the Sustainability Education coordinator for Dickinson College; while at IC she won the AASHE student sustainability leadership award. Brylinsky was a resident assistant of the Sustainably Conscious Living Community and prompted the College to require sustainability training for RAs, designed programs for first-year students to connect them with local environmental organizations, worked to make residence halls more eco-friendly, and created Ithaca’s first communications course on sustainability.
Kiffen Ratkevich, 2010 Park School Communication Management and Design, is putting his knowledge and skills to use in promoting the green economy and sustainable business practices.
Kiffen is currently completing an internship with Opportunity Green, a non-profit enterprise developed in partnership with the UCLA Anderson School of Management to support and promote innovation and entrepreneurial leadership in the green economy.

Kiffen used his CMD skills to design and produce a video showcasing Ecovative Design, the 2009 Opportunity Green 25 Business Award winner.
The OG25 Business Award recognizes the most promising start-ups committed to building a new green economy.

View Kiffen’s video by logging on to http://www.opportunitygreen.com/og25/ and clicking on the Opportunity Green 2009 video. Look for his blog about the role of communication technology in the green economy at this site and at www.ithaca.edu/scm.

This week at IC, we kick off the Media for Social Change mini-course, led by alum Andy Orgel '74, CEO of One Degree Media and Entertainment and Dean Diane Gayeski; student groups will also be facilitated by Professor Mara Alper, visiting professor from Korea Dong Keun Ahn, and five alums representing careers in radio, TV, cable, and new media. The Park School Sustainability Club is helping to develop and present case studies for the course.

It kicks off Thursday April 22 at 7PM in Park Auditorium with a presentation by Lynne Twist, noted environmentalist, activist, and author of The Soul of Money as well as a special videotaped address from Van Jones, author of the Green Collar Economy and former Obama green jobs advisor.

students can still sign up for the mini-course.

For more info, please visit:


Monday, April 19, 2010

Jean Chatzky presentation - a sell out

Each year, we have the pleasure of bringing in an outstanding broadcast journalist to speak to our community, as a part of our ongoing
Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series.

This year, our speaker was Jean Chatzky, NBC's personal finance editor. Jean appears every Wednesday morning on the Today Show -- and also has written several books, maintains a blog, sells audiotapes of her work, and even has a line of personal planners that are sold online and through Target. Jean spoke to a filled Emerson Suites audience and spoke about her own career, how Jessica Savitch's ideas ring true today in terms of personal and financial success, and how to navigate one's own financial decisions.

This lecture series was established by the Savitch family as a continuing recognition of Jessica Savitch’s pioneering spirit, professional dedication, and overall influence on broadcast journalism. Jessica was a pioneer woman in broadcast journalism and a 1968 graduate of our TV-Radio department.
At NBC, she delivered the one-minute prime-time news updates during the week, anchored the Saturday edition of the NBC Nightly News, and anchored NBC’s special news service for its television affiliates. In addition, she hosted the PBS documentary series Frontline. Her work was widely respected and won many honors, including an Emmy.

Throughout her career Savitch remained closely involved with her alma mater, returning to Ithaca periodically to teach a mini-course on television news. She gave the main address at the College’s 1979 commencement, at which she was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. In 1980 she was elected to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.
Savitch's life tragically ended in an automobile accident in 1983 -- however, her memory is kept alive here at Ithaca where her sister, Stephanie Savitch and her best friend, Roberta Spring, return each year for this event and to meet our Savitch scholars.

This event is one of the things that makes the Park School special -- and this year it truly highlighted Jessica Savitch's legacy of professionalism and innovation.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Radio vs TV ??

A sure sign of spring-- the annual Radio vs TV kickball game last Sunday. According to WICB radio station manager, Evan Schapiro, the play was intense but radio pulled ahead winning 15-4.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ICTV also wins SPJ award

The Society of Professional Journalists announced that NewsWatch was named Best All-Around Television Newscast in the Northeast region for 2009. This means the broadcast received the First Place Mark of Excellence Award on April 10 at the SPJ's Region 1 spring conference at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

It now goes on to compete against the winners in the other 11 SPJ regions for the national Mark of Excellence award, which will be announced at SPJ's national conference October 3–5 in Las Vegas.

NewsWatch is Ithaca's only local TV news-- and we do it with professionalism and dedication. Congrats to everybody who is a part of this show.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

one more for the Ithacan

The Society of Professional Journalists named The Ithacan be Best Non-Daily Newspaper in the Northeast region for 2009. (Dailies and non-dailies are separate categories for SPJ.)

The paper received the First Place Mark of Excellence Award at the SPJ's Region 1 spring conference at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. It now goes on to compete against the winners in the other 11 SPJ regions for the national Mark of Excellence award, which will be announced at SPJ's national conference October 3–5 in Las Vegas. This is the third year in a row The Ithacan has been named best in the Northeast by SPJ, and two years ago it was ranked number two in the country.

In addition, the following students received awards for work published in The Ithacan in 2009:
Allison Wassink ”09: Second place, sports photography
Andy Swift ’09: Third place, feature story
Allison Usavage ’11: Third place, photo illustration

Clearly, we're THE student newspaper on the planet. Congrats to Michael Serino, their advisor, and to all the staff.

Communications alum Bob Iger in the headlines

Nice article on our alum, Bob Iger who is the CEO of Disney in Today's New York Times


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Get involved in ICTV

ICTV Producer and Show Proposals are now available and are due April 14th by 6pm EST.
ICTV Executive Staff Applications are now available and are due April 9th by 6pm EST.

For further information, please visit http://ictv.org/sections/staff_resources/staff_resources.php, contact Rob Hochberg (rhochbe1@ithaca.edu), or contact Peter Johanns (pjohanns@ithaca.edu).

Vote for Tristan so he can get a great internship!

Tristan Fowler, a December Park grad, is applying for the Sierra Club's "Best Internship in the World". Help him get it by watching his video at:

If he gets the internship, he'll spend eight weeks camping, hiking and whitewater rafting across the United States while video blogging for Sierra Club about all the amazing inner-city youth that go on these life-changing trips.