Summer Film Project 'Realizism' premiere set

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The Grand Valley State University 2012 Summer Film Project “Realizism,” will be released to local audiences during a premier screening at Celebration Cinema North.

The 30-minute film, a comic tale written and directed by Mitch Nyberg, will be screened Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Admission is $5, including a post-screening reception. DVDs of the film will be on sale in the lobby for $10. All proceeds help fund future films.

The Summer Film Project was established by the School of Communications in 1995 to offer Grand Valley junior and senior students an opportunity to work side-by-side with industry professionals to produce a short film. Each year, students may enroll in the six-week practicum summer course that handles the pre-production and filming. Post-production is done during a 15-week fall course.

Nyberg, a 1983 Grand Valley alumnus, directed a crew of nearly 30 students during filming last August. A native of Coopersville, Nyberg’s career includes work as a tour camera operator for Eric Clapton, ‘NSync, the Dixie Chicks and the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Michigan Film Incentives encouraged him to return to Michigan in 2008. The Hart Township resident has worked on several films shot in Grand Rapids, including as production manager for “The Steam Experiment,” staring Val Kilmer, and as location manager for “Touchback,” the 2011 film starring Kurt Russell and Barry Sanders.

The film features Grand Rapids actor Joe Anderson and Saugatuck actress Melissa Anschutz in the lead roles of Jake and Cheryl. They play a married couple who must deal with downward social mobility after foreclosure ousted them from their cushy home in the suburbs and into the gritty reality of the urban jungle and a vast real estate conspiracy.

For more information, contact John Schmit, associate professor in the School of Communications, at (616) 331- 8510.