Fall 2013 Open House


Please register for this event. If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact: Karina Daves (karina.daves@rutgers.edu or 848-932-5245)

Mason Gross Civic Square Building
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick NJ

Event Details

Hosted by the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking and the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
This event is open to all undergraduate students.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Registration and reception with light hors d'oeuvres and assorted beverages. Attendees are invited to take walking tours of Film Center given by faculty, staff and students to view our professional production classrooms, state of the art film equipment and our Rutgers Film Bureau where three feature documentaries are currently in production. 
  • 8:00 p.m. – Guests enter the Forum theater for the feature presentation, which will include screened clips from original student fiction and documentary films as well as trailers for original Film Bureau feature documentaries that involve students in the production process.
  • 8:10 p.m. – A formal introduction will be given by the Director of the center, Dena Seidel & Fiction Film Faculty Patrick Stettner
  • 8:20 p.m. – Films
  • 9:00 p.m. – Learn about our RCDF classes, faculty and Rutgers film students' experiences through a panel conversation. Among the panelists will be award-winning filmmaker and faculty member Patrick Stettner, who supervises our fiction concentration. 
  • 9:30 p.m. – Event concludes.   

About the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking

Our Rutgers Center For Digital Filmmaking is a collaboration between Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences. Our film program has its origins in Writers House, Rutgers English Department’s "filmmaking as creative writing" courses created by our film center's director,Dena Seidel, and currently taught by a variety of fiction film professional. These classes are in themselves unique--emphasizing story structure and film language while providing beginning film students with access to professional DSLR cameras and audio equipment.

The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking offers an innovative, hands-on certificate programs in documentary and fiction filmmaking. Several of our documentary film students have travelled to far places such as Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Rome and Virgin Islands to document real world narratives.  Here is a preview of just of few of these award winning Film Bureau documentaries that involve students in the professional production process.

Professor Seidel was recently in Antarctica directing the feature film 'Beyond the Ice' for the National Sciece Foundation. She and her students produced  the feature film Atlantic Crossing which aired more than 400 times on PBS and was recognized and awarded by the Chicago FIlm Festival, the Blues Ocean Film Festival and premiered at the Smithsonian. Prior to Rutgers. Seidel's work was presented on PBS, the Discovery Channel, ABC, The Learning Channel, HBO, National Geographic and Turner Original Productions. 

Professor Patrick Stettner was recently named one of Variety's  top ten directors to watch in 2006. Patrick has directed original films starring Robin Williams and Sandra Oh  (The Night Listener, 2006), StockardChanning (The Business of Strangers, 2001), and Allison Janney (Flux, 1996). Patrick has an M.F.A. in film directing from Columbia University and has recently taught in Columbia's graduate film program.