‘Message Sent’ Film Premiere

Enjoy the premiere screening of the Grand Valley State University film ”Message Sent.” The original screenplay was written by Angelo Eidse of Vancouver and selected for the university’s 17th annual Summer Film Project.

The Summer Film Project was established in 1995 to offer junior and senior students an opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals to produce a short film. More than 25 students enrolled in the six-week practicum course that shot the film in late July and early August. Post-production was done during a 15-week fall course.

The plot of ”Message Sent” involves a vagrant, played by Michael McCallum from Lansing, who begins to receive emergency messages on a cell phone he found and becomes compelled to find the owner. The cast also includes, among others, 15-year-old Kaitlyn Squires, from Byron Center, who recently played the role of Helen Keller at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Director John Harper Philbin and cinematographer Jack Anderson reunited for their fifth summer film together. Philbin is associate professor of film and video in Grand Valley’s School of Communications. Hollywood veteran Anderson is now a professor at California State, Long Beach. The producer is Carian White, an April 2011 graduate of Grand Valley’s Film & Video Program. Megan Soderberg, art director and Adam Rock, camera operator are also 2011 graduates.

Box office opens at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. DVDs, on sale in lobby for $10, include “Message Sent,” plus “The Making of Message Sent.”

Cast and crew members will be in attendance. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session, and a making-of showing.

For more information contact: John Harper Philbin, director, at (616) 331-3608.