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Coming soon: The free FLaSh Film Festival

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm with No Comments »
April 29, 2009 6:00 pm

For three years now the foreign language department at Pacific Lutheran University has put on its annual film festival featuring short, foreign language films with English subtitles. Formerly called Hong International, it’s now the FLaSh Film Festival.

It’s free and it’s at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 in the Mount Tahoma Auditorium at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

Here’s more from the press release:

"The festival gets a new name this year," explains Mark Jensen, Chair of PLU’s Department of Languages and Literatures. "FLaSh is both an acronym for Foreign-Language Shorts and a nod to the creative spark that is at the heart of the festival’s entries each year."

The festival is the brainchild of Annekathrin Lange, Visiting Assistant Professor of German from 2005-2007. It has since been under the visionary direction of Scott Taylor, Visiting Assistant Professor of French, in collaboration with instructors of the department’s 300-level language courses, whose students create 7-10 minute films in the target language, following specific guidelines and with significant support from PLU’s Digitial Media Center. This year’s festival theme is "Adaptation," with the requirement that films derive from a text, other cultural product or historical event in the target culture. All films are subtitled in English.

A maximum of two films from each of the five languages represented (Chinese, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish) are eligible for entry in the festival. This year, a total of eight films will be viewed.

For more information, contact Professor Kirsten Christensen at kmc@plu.edu, or 253-535-8775.

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