2008 Notre Dame Student Film Festival

19th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

January 24, 25, 26, 2008
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

This year's festival features a brand new slate of creative, intelligent, and entertaining student films produced in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre during the past year.

The 19th annual festival of undergraduate filmmaking at Notre Dame screens each night at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $3 for Notre Dame students, $5 for Notre Dame faculty and staff and $6 for the general public, and can be purchased online at performingarts.nd.edu or in advance at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, 574-631-2800.

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival features short student films, made as class projects during the past year by students studying the art of filmmaking in advanced, intermediate, and Introductory film and video production courses taught in the FTT department. All of the films were shot on location, most in the South Bend area. Local Michiana residents, fellow students, and ND faculty loaned their acting skills to the projects which range from 3 to 15 minutes in length. From dark comedy to documentary, the films cover a wide range of genres.

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Featured Films (total running time approximately 110 minutes)

Pope Michael

Adam Fairholm, Emily Gorski, George Heidkamp
Typing away on his computer in the basement of a small farm house in Delia, Kansas stands Pope Michael, winner of the papal election of a handful of "true" Catholics who believe the papacy was vacated with Vatican II.

A Convenient Truth

Dan Moore, Rama Gottumukkala, Corey Baggett
Stuck in the midwest, and inspired by the work of Al Gore, a Notre Dame undergrad tries to take advantage of the global warming trend, and make frigid South Bend, Indiana a warmer place for every one.

Dancin' Uncle Sam

Mike Peterson, Jessica Guanajuato
The tax season brings out some odd marketing gimmicks, including a likeable, street corner dancer dressed like Uncle Sam, whose friendly wave and infectious smile turns a mundane job into a daily public performance.

Ring By Spring

Jean Milan, Tammy Gillings, Katie Johnson
Stories from youthful bliss, Notre Dame undergrads share the moments surrounding their recent engagements. Ring by Spring refers to the Domer race to find a spouse before graduation, and hopes of leaving campus with both a class ring and a wedding ring.

My Dinner With Zibby

Nich DeCapio, John Lowe
With a wink to the 1981 Louis Malle film, a dream date for an obsessed fan turns into a candid glimpse inside the everyday life of a famous Notre Dame athlete, and how he handles the hassles of stardom.

The Killing Pastures

Jerry McKeever, Marty Schroeder
B-horror master Roger Corman would have been proud of this low budget thriller about a guy, a girl, and a horse.

The Bookstore Is Too Expensive

Hank Voge
Textbook sticker shock overcomes an undergrad during his semiannual trek to the bookstore.

In Memoriam

Maria Iuppa, Katie Parrott
A young woman searches for the key to bringing back her dear friend.


Bill DiPiero, Michael Rohman
A racist high school clique confronts the new kid in town.

The White Tree

Mark Weber, Julian Owyong
A racist high school clique confronts the new kid in town.

Banana Who?

Justin Mack, Jake Griswold
Orange you glad this guy's not your roommate?

Wake Up

Matt Degnan, Brian Doxtader
A cup of coffee and a mysterious femme fatale launch a noirish nightmare for a tired business man.

The Reimann Hypothesis

Dan Milan, Josh Talley
A troubled high school teacher gets a surprise from a not-so-prized pupil.

The Smoke of Tormentl

Ian Cooney, Joe Piarulli
Apparitions and Revelations haunt a young man during his daily trip to school.