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Milligan to host annual film festival

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 24, 2014) — The 14th annual Milligan College Film Festival will be held Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre of Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

The festival is free and open to the public and features four short films by Milligan filmmakers.

This year’s films include:

“Into the Fire” — directed by Matt Rees, a senior fine arts major from Redford, Mich.

This original film by Rees is a post-apocalyptic short film set in an underground survival bunker. Davith and his daughter, Ceiro, have managed to survive the brutal war on the surface by means of their robot and friend, John. John is programmed as a household servant and is fully capable of synthesizing basic food stuffs and filtering water for his human companions. Davith, however, is a man of broken faith, having lost his wife, Gwin, in their flight. He is put to the full test of faith when John shuts down and won’t wake up.

“The Music of Eric Zann” — directed by Collin Hawley, a freshman fine arts major from Woodbridge, Va.

Hawley’s film is an adaptation of the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It features a man who moves into an apartment in the Rue D’Auseil. While living there, he encounters an eccentric man named Eric Zann and then things just get weird.

“Mandarin Man” — directed by Jon Carter, a communications major (film studies concentration) from Ocala, Fla., who graduated in December 2013.

Carter’s film is a “Tales from the Crypt” style short horror film.

“Minimize Me” – directed by Shae Judge, a senior human performance and exercise science major from Vicksburg, Miss.

Taking a different approach to the experiment done by Morgan Spurlock in the 2004 film “Super Size Me,” this documentary features a Milligan student who eats McDonald’s for one month and follows an exercise and nutrition routine developed by Milligan human performance and exercise science majors.

The filmmakers will briefly field questions about their work after each screening. For more information about Milligan’s fine arts and communications programs, visit

Posted by on April 24, 2014.