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Media Arts students ready to premier their short films

Media Arts students ready to premier their short films

NORFOLK, Neb. – A semester’s worth of hard work and dedication by Northeast Community College Media Arts – Digital Cinema & Media students will be shown on the big screen next weekend. Three sophomore student-produced short films will premiere at the Norfolk 7 Theatre on Sat., May 6, at 9:30 a.m.

Writer-director students include Parker Barnes, Wahoo, Rylan Niemoth, St. Libory, and Zane Thompson, Anselmo. Each student was responsible for conceptualizing, casting, editing, directing, and finalizing their very own short films - all in the span of their final spring semester. Genres include drama and comedy and are rated PG-13 and below.

“The films, “The Ballad of Outlaw Willie Lewis,” by Thompson, “Hey Man,” (sic), by Barnes, and “Medicine” by Niemoth all bring unique and original narratives to the debut,” said Drew Dolezal, media arts instructor. “The Ballad of Outlaw Willie Lewis centers on a lonely college student and his new imaginary friend. The end of a close friendship is explored in Hey Man, while Medicine focuses on the addiction induced strain on a relationship.”

The digital cinema concentration at Northeast is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field of professional cinema, video and multimedia production. Students participate in comprehensive theory classes, multimedia software and hardware training courses, and hands-on labs designed to provide a thorough production background. 

Job opportunities include video editor, field videography, audio/video support, broadcast camera operator, multimedia journalist, movie production assistant or grip, and independent filmmaking.

The screening of the student films is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the premiere beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a directors’ Q & A immediately following the premiere. 

For more information, contact Dolezal at


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Parker Barnes, Wahoo, a Digital Cinema & Media student at Northeast Community College, puts the finishing touches on his film, Hey Man,” that will premier Sat., May 6, at the Norfolk 7 Theater. He is one of three students who will have their short films, that were produced during the spring semester, showcased beginning at 9:30 a.m.