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The DePaulia 5
Digital Cinema graduate student John Bingham gets a close up.
DC students' work premieres at International Fihn Festival
By MAUREEN CLANCY
Last Thursday, Oct. 8, marked
the beginning of the Chicago
International Film Festival. The
cinema presented at this event
is, of course, brought in from
all over the world. Multitudes
of international film will be
presented to the masses as the
Festival celebrates its 45th
year running. The festival
also gives out coveted awards
(categorically) for certain films.
DePaul is not only a producing
sponsor of the film festival ,
but now has a few of its own
as a part of the competition.
One ofthose few is James Choi,
producer of the documentary film
"Made in China." The movie
follows a hopeful entrepreneur
on his trip to China to find a
manufacturer to carry his line
of novelty items. The film was
chosen for placement in the "Reel
Women" and "New Directors
Competition" categories in the
Film Festival. Choi was educated
at Pepperdine University and at
DePaul University, and was also
raised in Chicago. The DePaul
School of Cinema and Interactive
Media was surprised to learn
.of Choi's involvement in the
fair, according to CIM assistant
professor and chair of the digital
cinema program, Matt Irvine.
"We're one of the sponsors of
the festival, and we're allowed
to have a DePaul nigh!. .. we're
allowed to pick a film to show from
the festival, and we chose [Made
in China1 because we thought
it sounded interesting," Irvine
explained. "Ironically enough,
it turned out that one of our
students was the producer on it."
Also shown in the festival are
short promos created by Pat Wip
and Hannah Jamjoon, both CIM
students. They will be featured
before main attractions. DePaul's
sponsorship and dedication to the
film festival helped to put these
films on the big screen. The clips
are less than two minutes long and
feature the historical evolution
of cinema in a comedic light.
Though they are brief in length,
they took no less effort to make.
"These people worked
incredibly quickly, but, we're
talking 15·hour days .. .J think
the entire summer was devoted
to pre-production then they
shot at the end of August, and
then cut it all together and did
the soundwork," Irvine said as
he was describing the amount
of work that goes into film.
Irvine also elaborated on
what it would have been like
to shoot "Made in China."
"In terms of the feature film I
know they traveled to China to do
this film ... I think it was a couple
years to put it all together."
Overall , DePaul and the CIM
are "very excited" to take part in the
festival, and to have their students
involved in this international
celebration of cinema.
The 45th Chicago International
Film Festival runs from Oct.
5-22, showing movies at multiple
venues throughout the city.
Award-winning author reads at DePaul
By DUSTIN ROBINSON
Stuart Dybek, an award
winning author and native
Chicagoan, gave a reading at
DePaul University ofhis story "We
Didn't" followed by a question
and answer session Wednesday
night. Students, faculty and
fans alike piled into the lecture
hall to hear Dybek speak. The
event included more than 100
attendees and was hosted through
DePaul's Humanities Center.
"I really enjoyed his short
stories, they are super playful .
and very relatable," said junior
Micaela Krol , who previously read
his book 'The Coast of Chicago."
Dybek was raised in
Chicago 's LJ1t1e Village and
Pilsen neighborhoods. He has
received numerous awards for
his works including a Lannan
Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship,
a MacArthur Fellowship, and
the Rea Award for the Short
Story and many others. His
book "The Coast of Chicago"
has also been part of the One
Book, One Chicago program.
Dybek gave a reading of his
short story "We Didn't." a tale
of a boy named Perry and his
girlfriend whose erotic lakeshore
love fest is interrupted by the
discovery of a corpse being pulled
from the water. "In the balcony of
the now de-funked Clark Theatre
where I wiped popcorn salt from
my palms and slid them up your
thighs and you whispered 'I
feel like Doris Day is watching'
we didn ' t," Dybek read.
"We Didn't" first appeared
in an anthology called "Best
American Stories. " However
Dybek said the story originally
started as a poem. Dybek's
idea for the poem came from
another poem called "We Did
It" by Yehuda Amichai, a Nobel
Prize nominated Israeli poet .
After Dybek's reading, a
question and answer session was
offered in which he talked about
his development of the story.
I tried for two years to
write that poem in response to
the other poem, anything that
happened in the story just
happened," the author said.
Dybek also discussed his
personal writing style and
how he feels when it comes
to starting a story. "Obsessive,
endless, always thankful, the
hardest part is the first draft, so
many ways to lose your way.
1 love the editing process it's
like chaffing wood," he said.
Dybek said he loves changing
moods and how music helps
with this. Dybek said he relies
on music to help with his
inspiration. Despite his love
for music, he said most of his
playing instruments was more
like abusing them. Dybek joked
about becoming a writer because
he was such a bad musician.
Audience members lined up in
front of Dybek to have their books
signed and meet the author. Many
audience members said they were
left in awe from the experience.
"1 feel like he really knew
what he was talking about, you
his writing process,"
said freshman Ashley Thomas.
"Genius speaker, a highly
successful author and doesn't
have to do this but he does," said
Salli Berg Seeley, a lecturer in
DePaul's writing, rhetoric and
discourse program. "I feel like
he really loves the students."
Hosted by DePaul's
Stuart Dybek reads his
short story, "We Didn't,"
to DePaul on Wednes
Dybek is currently working
on a book of love stories and
while there is no official release
date he hopes to have the book
completed sometime next year.
By MARIA BAGLIEN
Themain concern with selecting
a major is the ease of entering the
job market after graduation. \Vho
best. then. to guide student s in
the right direction than peopk
who have already been there:
Alumni Sharing Knowledge
(ASK) is a mentor program where
students are pa ired \I,/i th DePaul
Uni\'crsity alumni who share the
students' areas of study and are
(uITcntl)" in the workforce. The
alumni gi\"c students ad\·ice about
what actions they can take now 10
help prepare them for their Ii n:"'i
afkr college in addition to shanng
their own personal experiences
concerning their occupation.
"DePaul students are fortunate
because almost every program in
the school provides opponunities
for them to connect with
professionals," said Gina Sian,
program director. "What's unique
about the ASK program is that
our mentors not only work in
the jobs that our students want,
but they have also been in their
shoes as DePaul students."
In addition to a mentor
program, ASK offers career
guidance, practice interviews,
resume reviews, job shadows and
networking events. Mentors also
do guest speaking and perform
workshops in classrooms. ASK
also helps them to experience
firsthand what their major has
to offer so they can see if it is
really something they want to do.
Michelle Nygren, a student
who plans to graduate in
2011, said she wasn't certain
about her career plans at first.
"I was not sure what I wanted
to major in. ASK, however,
paired me up with different
alumni and I found that I really
connected with those involved
in the field of communications,"
Nygren said. "Now I think
I want to do something
pertaining to that area of study:'
While ASK became an official
program for students in 200 I, it
has been bringing students and
alumni together since the 1990s.
Currently there are
ASK mentors, all who are
volunteers in addition to
DePaul University alumni.
"1 have developed a really close
relationship with my alumnus
mentor and it has really helped
me," said sophomore Nick Pinto.
According to Sian, however,
ASK mentors often mention
how they do not receive
enough contact from students.
In an attempt to connect to
more students, ASK is holding
breakfast networking sessions
every third Tuesday of the month.
from 8 to 9 a.m. A different
topic is discussed each month.
"It's very inspiring to see the
Vincenti an spirit strong among
in our students," Sian said.
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