School of Communications Students to Have Films Featured on Higher Education Channel

September 6, 2013

Four Webster University School of Communications students will have their films featured on the Higher Education Channel (HEC) – the films of Sam Baiamonte, Ryan Caldwell, Crawford (Ford) Fanter, and Caitlin Zera will be included in the episode Frames: Webster Student Films: A Thriller, A Homeless Competition, A Doc and a Comedy airing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. CDT.

In July 2013, Caldwell, Fanter, and Zera entered the13th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Zera's entry, the short documentary End of Line was selected to advance to the 22nd St. Louis International Film Festival, which will take place November 14 to 24. Her documentary was also selected for the 2013 Moab International Film Festival in Moab, Utah, which will take place September 20 to 22. Typewriter

Zera's documentary End of Line focuses on two typewriter repairmen from Maplewood, Mo. Vern Trampe and Charlie May run the Jones Typewriter Company, one of only a few remaining typewriter stores in the country.

Zera said she enjoyed getting to know the store owners and believes meeting them enriched her life. Zera directed the film and Max Barnett was the cinematographer.

Ryan Caldwell describes his film The Beggar and the Road Kid as an “entrepreneurial story.” He believes it has a message of encouragement brought out in the “engaging rivalry” ignited between its two main characters, an old hobo and a young vagabond. When the young vagabond hitchhikes his way into town, he threatens the old hobo's established begging territory. Beggar

Caldwell wrote, directed, and produced The Beggar and the Road Kid. Alyse Watson was the assistant director, and Christopher Jordan was the director of photography.

Crawford (Ford) Fanter's film Bonfire Boys is set  in the 1800s. Brothers Hank and Carl meet a stranger who approaches their campfire in the wilderness into which they have escaped.

The students and their production assistants whose films will be featured on Frames are studying film production in the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media of the School of Communications at Webster University. Caitlin Zera is studying documentary production in addition to film production.

Professor Rebecca Ormond, who has also shown her work with HEC, facilitated the initial collaboration between HEC and the many Webster University students who submitted films for consideration in the project. The films of Sam Baiamonte, Ryan Caldwell, Ford Fanter, and Caitlin Zera were selected from among them. Once their films were selected, the students worked directly with HEC on the creation of the episode of Frames.

Frames is a series on HEC that features St. Louis filmmakers and their films.

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communication. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundation and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate degree programs, five graduate degree programs, 13 minors, and 14 certificates cover the wide array of communication specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and, along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments.


With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit US-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military, online and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.