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Westminster College to Host Broadcast and Media Production Capstone Documentary Series, Dec. 5

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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015

Westminster College broadcast and media production majors will present the 2015 Capstone Documentary Showcase starting at 1 p.m., Dec. 5, in Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The student producers will premiere six short documentaries which explore a variety of topics, people, and places as the students engaged in experiential through research, interviews, and production. 

"The documentary project challenges each student step into the role of full-time producer and director challenging them as young media professionals," said Brad Weaver, broadcast and media production lecturer and capstone adviser. "Producing documentaries provides them the chance to present research, critical thinking, and storytelling to an audience.  Each student will also submit their work to a festival or peer-reviewed competition."

The documentaries include:

  • The Golden Grad by Vincent Nerti. When the feeling of regret starts to eat away at you for over 50 years because of something you do not do. The only way to fix it is to build up the confidence to achieve your ultimate goal. Mark Fowler did just that. 
  • NFBD: Never Fear Being Different by Taran Sifontes-Lavine. This is the story of a young man, Jordon Rooney, who grew up in a tougher neighborhood with friends who had a difficult youth. He’s the founder of NFBD, which stands for Never Fear Being Different. It is a movement and platform to promote and inspire individuality, positivity, and creativity in the next generation of kids.
  • Karsyn's Karnival: The Documentary by Amanda Sloan. Watch as a community comes together in support of awareness of Down syndrome by putting together a carnival from scratch. Family, friends, and a community show that through hard work, laughter, and tears comes a carnival unlike you've ever seen before. 
  • Myself and My Song: The Dan Swank Story by Tiffany Jackson. Struggling to satisfy the want for music, and the need for a college education, Dan Swank balances the lifestyle of student by day, and rock star by... every other waking moment. He shares his trials, hardships, and successes.  This is the story of Dan's journey as told by Dan - with help from musical icon Greg Joseph from The Clarks. 
  • If These Walls Could Talk; An American Fraternity by Harrison Greene.  In spite of stereotypes that bear some truth, fraternities have fostered men of potential into men of quality. Many have created leaders. Most have made men out of boys.  Many have raised thousands of dollars for philanthropies both local and national.  This is the story of one American fraternity— the Westminster College chapter of Theta Chi.
  • The Hero Treatment by Taylor Nichol.  When Vietnam Veterans prepared to return home to the United States after their service in the war, they were happy for their homecomings.  But when they returned home, they faced a world full of new battles.

At Westminster, the final portion of the liberal studies approach to broadcasting is a senior study/capstone course. The capstone is a course designed to provide an opportunity for students to create, evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their experiences and skills. 

For more information about the program, visit the webpage


Student Information: 

Carl Greene, a junior broadcasting and media production major, is a son of David and Rebecca Greene and a graduate of Franklin Area High School.

Taylor Nichol, a junior broadcasting and media production major, is a daughter of George and Dayna Nichol and a graduate of Central Valley High School.

Taran Sifontes-Lavine, a senior broadcasting and media production major, is a son of Dale Sifontes-Pierre-Lavine and a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School.

Amanda Sloan, a senior broadcasting and media production major, is a daughter of R.Mark and Sherri Sloan and a graduate of Moniteau High School.

Tiffany Jackson, a junior broadcasting and media production major, is a daughter of Laura Sargent, Las Vegas, and a graduate of Las Vegas High School.