Faculty member earns grant for film project

November 06, 2007

A faculty member in the College of Communications has earned an Individual Faculty Grant worth $4,500 from the Institute for Arts and Humanities at Penn State to support a film project during the first part of 2008.

Lyn Elliot, assistant professor of communications, has started preproduction of the film, a narrative short tentatively titled “Starting Now,” with filming scheduled for May at locations in State College and Pittsburgh.

One of her colleagues in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, assistant professor Richie Sherman, will serve as director of photography for the film and students from the department will work as production assistants. A separate grant from the President’s Fund for Research will allow Elliot to pay students for their work.

Elliot, who received a 2007 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, is a filmmaker who works primarily in the short form. She incorporates both narrative and experimental elements into her movies, creating films that bring to the surface the strange undercurrents of everyday life.

Her films have been recognized with awards at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Humboldt International Film Festival, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, the James River Film Festival, the Trenton Film Festival and the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.

She teaches introductory film and video production and screenwriting.

(Media Contacts)

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