Faculty filmmaker receives grant to advance feature-length film

November 07, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A faculty filmmaker in the College of Communications has earned a grant from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State to support post production of a feature-length film.

Pearl Gluck, an assistant professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, received support for “The Turn Out,” which focuses on a truck driver faced with a difficult choice when he meets an underage girl being sex-trafficked at his local truck stop.

Gluck, who joined the Penn State faculty in 2014, previously taught at Ohio University, Indiana University, Emory University and Rutgers University. She has taught courses on screenwriting, production, directing, film criticism, film studies and Jewish studies. She also has conducted independent studies for graduate and undergraduate students, and has advised thesis projects.

Through her classes and her filmmaking, Gluck explores themes such as cultural and ethnic influences on contemporary television and film; the rise of the Hollywood studio system; the use of comedy as social critique; and representations of gender, class and faith in cinema.

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