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Premiere set for 23rd Summer Film Project "For the Birds"

  • Sound utility Blaine Brown (front) and boom operator Keegan Cox (back right) working with 1st A.D. James Sturtridge (back left) to place a microphone and prepare a Dana Dolly track during the filming of "For the Birds."
  • The cast and crew of "For the Birds" after wrapping production in 2017.

Posted on April 20, 2018

"For the Birds," the 23rd annual Summer Film Project at Grand Valley, will make its debut on the silver screen during an upcoming screening.

The event will take place April 26, from 7-9 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema North and IMAX, located at 2121 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids. Admission is $5 (cash only) with a reception following the film screening.

In "For the Birds," Gabe, an 8-year-old boy, and his father, Joe, are struggling to relate to each other while attempting to cope with the death of Gabe’s mother. As Gabe struggles to comprehend the heavy concepts of death and mortality, he develops a peculiar fascination for birds, particularly a dead one he finds in the street. All of Gabe’s memories of his mother come rushing back when he becomes enamored with the dead bird.

"For the Birds" was written by James Sturtridge, a senior majoring in film and video production who also served as first assistant director on the crew.

Since 1994, the Summer Film Project has provided students with the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals while producing a feature-length film. This year's cast and crew consisted of more than 25 Grand Valley students, faculty, and professionals along with six professional actors from Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and West Michigan. 

The crew spent two weeks in August 2017 filming at various locations around West Michigan, and multiple students collaborated on the post production process throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

For more information about the Summer Film Project, visit the Department of Visual and Media Arts website.