A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the Film and Video Production major in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University. Courses of study include animation, cinema studies, documentary and nonfiction, fiction filmmaking, new media, and sound design. The curriculum integrates production experience with the insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.
Digital video facilities include nonlinear editing suites, a full complement of field gear, television studio classroom, and a digital audio studio. Students work with a variety of software in Macintosh computer laboratories. Student internship opportunities include regional and national productions, post-production houses, and many more.
The film and video production program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Graduates find a wide range of professional employment, both in Michigan and nationally, including positions in the independent, documentary, and major motion picture film industries, animation and multimedia, production and post-production houses, national and local television networks, advertising agencies, community media access stations, corporations, and school systems. Other students have chosen to continue their education in graduate school.
Grand Rapids Community College &
Grand Valley State University's collaborative
Tournées Film Festival
of films in French, Italian, Danish & Spanish
• Valley of Love (2015)–Directed by Guillaume Nicloux. We could think of no better way to launch a film festival than to highlight two of Europe's greatest acting talent: Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Isabelle and Gérard head to Death Valley after receiving a strange invitation from their son Michael who committed suicide six years ago... (French w/English subtitles – 1h31m) Wednesday Oct. 26 – 6:15-8:30 p.m. Loosemore Auditorium - GVSU
• Phantom Boy (2015)–This animated film was written by Alain Gagnol and directed by Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli. A boy discovers he can leave his own body, and so helps a wheelchair-bound policeman bring down a mobster. Set in modern-day New York City. (French w/English subtitles – 1h24m) Thursday Oct. 27 – 6:15-9:00 p.m. Loosemore Auditorium - GVSU
• La Sapienza (2014) – Written and directed by Eugène Green. At the height of his career, Alexandre goes to Italy to complete a book on Borromini. This film, whose title means "Wisdom", includes stunning cinematography, featuring of some of Italy's most beautiful architecture. (Italian & French w/English subtitles – 1h41m) Wednesday Nov. 2 – 6:15-8:30 p.m. Loosemore Auditorium - GVSU
• Chocolat (1988) – Directed by Claire Denis. A young woman returns to Africa and her strongest memory involves Protee, the family's former houseboy – a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty, – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society. (French w/English subtitles – 1h45m) Thursday Nov. 3 – 6:00-8:30 p.m. 168 ATC Applied Technology Center - GRCC
• Jauja (2014)– Directed by Lisandro Alonso. A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert existing in a realm beyond the confines of civilization. The word "Jauja" refers to a valley in Peru that is roughly the equivalent of our El Dorado. (Spanish & Danish w/English subtitles – 1h49m). Friday Nov. 4 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. 168 ATC Applied Technology Center- GRCC
• The Great Man 'Le grand homme' (2014)– Directed by Sarah Petit. Markov and Hamilton are fellow French Legionnaires at the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan. An ambush results in a breech of duty, although it stems from an act of fidelity... (French w/English subtitles – 1h47m) Friday Nov. 4 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 168 ATC Applied Technology Center- GRCC
> 168 ATC at GRCC is at the corner of Fountain and Ransom
> Loosemore Auditorium at GVSU is on the Pew Campus (downtown) off Fulton Street
Each screening will include a brief introduction and post-film discussion (in English).
Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors: The FACE Foundation, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.
Screenings are free and open to all!
The Grand Rapids Community at large is cordially invited to attend.