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School of Communications Faculty, Student, and Alumni Films to be in Filmmakers Showcase

The Webster University School of Communications will be well represented at the 13th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. It will be held beginning Sunday, July 14 and run through Thursday July 18. During that time, faculty, students, and alumni of the School of Communications will be screening films in every program in the film showcase.

School of Communications entries will run the gamut from experimental shorts to documentary shorts and from life lesson shorts to fantasy shorts. They will include comedies, thrillers, and stories of love and loss. Screenings will take place at the Tivoli Theatre at 6350 Delmar Blvd.

Professor Van McElwee, who teaches in the electronic and photographic media department, is an internationally renowned video artist and a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Award. McElwee will be showing one of his recent works, Dream Travel/Travel Dream.

Assistant professor of animation Chris Sagavac, who also teaches in the electronic and photographic media department, will be showing newscaster/dragon/maggots.

Kathy Bratkowski, communications and journalism department faculty member, will be showing Something in the Water: A St. Louis Rockumentary on Sunday, July 14 at 2:30 p.m. The film looks at the St. Louis classic-music scene of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and features interviews, photos, and archived concert footage from that era.

Of the many students majoring in film production with entries in the showcase, Ryan Caldwell, Crawford (Ford) Fanter, and Caitlin Zera will have the added distinction of having their films featured on the Higher Education Channel (HEC).

Caldwell's, The Beggar and the Road Kid, Fanter's Bonfire Boys, and Zera's End of Line, have been chosen to air in an August 2013 episode of the HEC-TV original series Frames. The series features St. Louis filmmakers and their work. A short film by Sam Baiamonte, another student majoring in film production will also be included in the episode.

Here's the list of School of Communications faculty, students, and alumni to make sure to see at this year's St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase:


Kathy Bratkowski
Something in the Water: A St. Louis Rockumentary

Zlatko Cosic
Not Your Usual TV Dinner

Thomas Crone
Half Order Fried Rice

Van McElwee
Dream Travel/Travel Dream

Chris Sagovac


Tony Burgesen
Head in the Sky
Imaginative youngster Greg loves building astounding gadgets, but his friends, teachers, and family members never actually see the devices working.

Ryan Caldwell
The Beggar and the Road Kid
An old hobo's begging territory is threatened when a young vagabond hitchhikes into town.

Quinn Faerber
A Really Big Joke
A comedian attempts to tell the most vile, disgusting joke he can to his friends, but they keep interrupting him.

Ford Fanter
Bonfire Boys
In the 1800s, brothers Hank and Carl have fallen on hard times and escaped to the wilderness after recent wrongdoings, but late one night a stranger approaches their campfire.

Colleen Gillis
In a work based on the ballet “Giselle,” the spirits of women who have died of broken hearts take their revenge on unsuspecting men.

Keith Hoffmann
A young man struggles with being alone in a world that communicates only through the Internet.

Andria Holtzman
A Japanese woman deals with the fallout from her marriage to an American man.

Nathan Huber
Night Drop
Two life-long frenemies try to rob a bank at the same time.

Christopher James Jordan
And All I Loved
After the death of his wife, Travis must endure the pain of memory and loss.

Keith Lutker
A Mechanic of Response
A couple responds to a tragic event and its repercussions.

Alex Nezam
Two possessive, jealous people struggle to maintain a relationship.

Brock Russell
High-school teacher Ed becomes reacquainted with a former student.

Adam Zanzie
Mark Twain's Bad Boy Without Grief
The film adapts the 1875 Mark Twain short story “The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn't Come to Grief.

Caitlin Zera
End of Line
Charlie May and Vern Trampe, who run one of the last typewriter-repair stores in the country, discuss their long careers

Alumni *
Chris Benson
Sean Lass
Josh Mullins
Jonathon Musgrave
Hannah Radcliff
Vanessa Roman
Jerod Welker

*This list may not be comprehensive

To view a complete program including dates and times the films will be screened or for more information about the 13th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, please visit

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. 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 programs, five graduate degree programs and 12 minors cover the wide array of communications 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 professional accomplishments.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-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 and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.