Page 2: CAS Faculty Building Reputation for Documentary Film Making

Posted on: July 2, 2013

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View of earth, space and spartan helmetMSU Space Balloon (working title), was once again the buzz this weekend in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas. Troy Hale and a group of CAS students launched the second space/weather balloon in a year and this one was successfully retrieved. The balloon reached 105,000 feet and was covered by television stations Fox 17 and WOOD TV. The project is part of a documentary film being produced by MSU's Media Sandbox. The footage to and from space is also being shared with the media and a children's museum. 

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Wills and Steel (another working title), will debut on WKAR this fall. It was produced and directed by Ultan Guilfoyle for WKAR and reveals how the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, came to be at Michigan State. The 30-minute special takes the viewer from idea, to design, through construction, and the recent museum opening that caught the attention of art lovers around the world.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what's in the works for this fall. WKAR will also be launching a new series called the Screening Room that will serve as a broadcast showcase for documentaries such as these highlighted in my blog. And the Media Sandbox has several intriguing documentaries in the works covering topics from the illegal trafficking of body parts in Bangladesh, missing moon rocks to capturing artists, athletes and everyday masters of their crafts "in the moment."

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