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Stark Students Screen Environmental Media Films on April 28

Posted Apr. 21, 2011

Kent State University at Stark proudly presents the Environmental Media Student Film Screening on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m. in the Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Student-created films resulting from the Kent State Stark Environmental Media course will be screened and discussed. In its premiere semester, this multidisciplinary course focuses on the Nimishillen Creek Watershed and is supported by the Herbert W. Hoover Initiative in Environmental Media. Working with community partners who are trying to solve watershed issues, the students investigated local water issues for the particular project that they chose. With this information, they developed videos, each under 10 minutes, to communicate an impacting message about their topics.
The topics of the videos include: 

  • Stark County’s huge problem with failing septic tanks and how it affects each of us.
  • The problems of rushing water and some local efforts to deal with it.
  • Hydraulic fracking is heading our way. Reasons why you should be concerned.
  • Simple steps to preserve the clean water we have.

Present for the screenings will be the following Environmental Media course developers and award-winning filmmakers:
Ali Habashi is the director of the Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies at the University of Miami in Florida where he teaches courses in CGI and digital post-production. His work as an editor for a documentary about Carol Guzy, the Pulitzer-winning photojournalist from the Washington Post, has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association Media Arts Festival. His debut as writer, director and editor in the feature-length film Camino no Tomado (path not taken) received the best Feature Foreign Language award from the Made in Miami Film and Video Festival and was the official selection of the Festival del Cinema Latino Americano de Trieste in Italy.
Joe Murray has worked as a producer/director, graphic designer, editor and writer for a variety of PBS and commercial television stations and television post-production companies. Children’s television specials and documentaries Murray produced in the United States, Europe and the Middle East have earned him many awards, including Obie and Producer of the Year awards from the Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission and three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Cleveland.
David Smeltzer attended the graduate School of Film at Ohio University where he wrote and produced Lucy in Disguise, a documentary about the discovery and analysis of the fossil skeleton, Lucy. The film aired nationally on PBS. He has 15 years experience producing, directing and editing video programs for Chevron Corporation, Mosby-Yearbook, Lippincott-Raven and other clients. Smeltzer, the recipient of the 2009 Broadcast Education Association’s Award of Excellence, will soon release his latest documentary on Stark County’s waterwebs this summer. The film will air on PBS.
For more information on the Hoover Initiative in Environmental Media, visit