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Film Alumnus Hands Out Oscars at Academy Awards

Johnny Coffeen, who received an MA in film in 2015, was intimately involved in the recent Academy Awards ceremony, bringing Oscars onto the stage and handing them to the presenters, and escorting award recipients off the stage.

Those he escorted included Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.

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Student Film Wins Awards at Major Film Festivals

Monica Demes, who graduated from the David Lynch MFA in 2015, has been winning awards and gaining attention at international film festivals for the film she created while a student at MUM – “Lilith’s Awakening.”

Having first won awards in the Iowa Motion Picture Association for best director, best actress, and best cinematography, her film was selected for the prestigious Internacional Film Festival of Ourense, which is one of the 10 biggest film festivals in Spain and which focuses on art house films.

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David Lynch MFA Alum Finalist for Student Academy Awards

On Monday, August 1st, the finalists for the Student Academy Awards were announced. Among them was Maharishi University of Management’s own Johnny Coffeen.

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Brenton Schwartz: On Both Sides of the Camera

Brenton Schwartz just received his bachelor’s degree in media and communications and the outstanding student award from the department. Not only did Brenton do well in his film classes, but he volunteered for several projects directed by the David Lynch MA film students.

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Sam Bozzo: Award-Winning Filmmaker Joins David Lynch MFA in Film Program

MUM student Sam Bozzo received his BFA in film from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California and attended the UCLA Professional Screenwriting program. Over the past 20 years he has had a prolific career as a video producer, director, editor, and motion graphic designer working in many industries, including advertising, education, and entertainment. He has also written dozens of screenplays, and his short films were screened at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

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Student Profile: Jaclyn Nott

Where are you from and what brought you here to the DLMA?

I’m from Minneapolis in Minnesota, only six hours north of Fairfeld, Iowa. I have family who live in various parts of Iowa, but none of them had ever heard of Fairfield. I heard about the DLMA program through a friend who stumbled upon the blog for the scholarship contest, and the cosmos took care of the rest. I completed my BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999, it had been a while since I was last enrolled in school, but now...

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Student Profile: Karen Borger

David Lynch MFA in Film student Karen Borger is an Australian citizen currently residing in the United States. Photography was her first love and she discovered and explored the world of filmmaking at Sydney College of the Arts while studying Visual Communication Design.

Since then, Karen pursued filmmaking as her chosen vocation and subsequently graduated from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School as a Director with her award-winning short film, “Serendipity.” She worked in the professional film industry gaining a reputation as one of the most...

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Student Profile: Rodolfo Rincones

Where are you from and what brought you here to the David Lynch MA?

I am from a very politicized region on the border of Mexico in the US, El Paso, Texas. I was attracted here by some the energy and desire to create great art, and this place allows me that freedom. I’m glad to be in Fairfield, Iowa.

How are you liking the MA program?

The program had a successful first semester in my opinion, bringing great teachers who inspired and pushed us to our...

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Student Profile: Adam Zanzie

Where are you from and what brought you here to the David Lynch MA?

In November 2009, I journeyed from St. Louis, MO to Fairfield, IA to attend MUM’s annual David Lynch Visitors Weekend. On the first night of the event, my family and I wound up sitting in the front row next to David Lynch and Donovan (shown left). I was 18 years old at the time and was a huge fan of David Lynch, so getting to meet him was a thrill. At the time,...

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Student Profile: Melissa Chaconas

Where are you from and what brought you here to the David Lynch MA?

I’m from Washington, DC and my love of David Lynch  and photography brought me to the David Lynch MFA in film. I love film. I love images. I adore storytelling. I like the MA program and the practice of TM meditation. I went to the famous arts high school: Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where I received professional arts training and various internships that help shape my drive. Then I got my Bachelors of Arts in Photography from Columbia College...

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