CAS Filmmakers Heard by Global Audience

Posted on: October 1, 2013

21239702_166098430249507_492129784_nA radio program with a global audience recently featured an interview with two College of Communication Arts & Sciences faculty members.

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Journalism associate professor, and Troy Hale, Media and Information(TISM) instructor, were interviewed by "NOW!" hosts David Bird and Ling Yang about the documentary they produced, "Imported from China."

The interview aired Sept. 27 on "NOW!" which is part of the Voice of America (VOA) network, the official external broadcast institution of the U.S. government. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., VOA provides a wide range of radio, TV and Internet programming for an estimated global audience of 123 million people.

"Imported from China," created by a team of Media Sandbox students led by Zeldes and Hale, follows several Chinese international students as they navigate college life at MSU and within the United States. The half-hour film demonstrates how relationships are nurtured and shaped across cultural boundaries.

The documentary premiered before a packed audience at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences building on Sept. 16 and will be screened again during the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at the Kellogg Center Oct. 25-27.

Currently, the filmmakers are working with MSU Technologies to copyright and license the film so it can be distributed as a download and DVD. They want to send the film all over the country to various film festivals and would like to get it into university international departments and the library system.

To listen to the full interview with Zeldes and Hale, go to the NOW! website.

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