Faculty produced, feature-length film set for April 26 premiere

March 26, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- "Chasing Butterflies," a full-length feature film produced by a husband-and-wife faculty film-making team in Penn State's College of Communications, will make its regional premiere at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the State Theatre in downtown State College.

Tickets for the screening cost $5 and may be purchased in person or online from the State Theatre (http://www.thestatetheatre.org/). In addition, a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and some of the lead actors will follow the screening.

The romantic comedy, which tracks three separate storylines that intertwine, builds on the premise that one small change can affect history by altering the never-ending chain of events that result from that decision.

Rod Bingaman, a senior lecturer in film-video, wrote the script and directed the film, while his wife, Maura Shea, also a senior lecturer in film-video, produced the film and served as sound editor through their company, Ma & Pa Pictures.

In addition, dozens of Penn State alumni and students served in key behind-the-scenes positions. Professional actors, including alumna Mandy Brown (’02), handled the lead roles and some faculty and staff members from the College of Communications played parts in the film as well.

Bingaman has 20 years of industry experience, including work on feature films, broadcast television, commercials and corporate communications as a writer, director, cameraman and editor. Among his directing credits are various commercial spots, including a national March of Dimes campaign, an award-winning short narrative film, "Why Wilbur Bowls …" (1994) and three features: "A Holiday Affair" (2000), which earned the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival 2000; "Hooray for Mister Touchdown" (2004), which played at multiple U.S. festivals; and "Chasing Butterflies" (2009).

Shea boasts experience as sound designer and editor on projects ranging from independent feature films to award-winning documentaries such as "Malcolm X: Make it Plain" and two segments for "Sesame Street." She served as producer of all three of Ma & Pa Pictures’s feature films. She also wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short drama "Under Control" (1992), which won first prize in the National Council on Family Relations Media Awards Competition.

"Chasing Butterflies" was shot on location in State College and Lewistown. Principle photography required 29 days.

Other Penn State film-video alumni involved in the project include: Jeff Preston (’99), cinematographer; Brad Robinson (’00), associate producer/assistant director; Corey Peterson (’01), associate producer/unit production manager; Meredith Menio (’06), art designer; Deb Peterson (’01), second unit cinematographer/first assistant camera; Jeremy Zerechak (’06), gaffer; and David Jennis (’05), production sound mixer.

"Chasing Butterflies" will be released nationally later this year. More information may be found at http://www.mapapictures.com online.

  • Maura Shea and Rod Bingaman

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