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Marina McKay Discusses Her Growth as a Filmmaker: “I Feel Really Good About Who I’ve Become”

Marina McKay sums up her experience as a Media and Communications film major in one word: revealing.

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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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DLMFA Scholarship Winner “Milkmaid” Continues Film Award Wins

At the David Lynch MFA in Film Program, we know that film-making can take you on all kinds of amazing journeys. One such journey brought filmmaker Agnes Baginska to Fairfield, Iowa.

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David Lynch MFA Wins Big at Iowa Motion Picture Awards

The David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at Maharishi University of Management was a big winner at the Iowa Motion Pictures Association (IMPA) awards in Pella, Iowa on April 16th.

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“My Reincarnation” Showing at The Orpheum


My Reincarnation, the Emmy-nominated documentary film that follows the journey of awakening of a famous Buddhist teacher’s son, screens this Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m. as part of the David Lynch MFA in Film (DLMFA) Outer Dimensions Film Series at Fairfield’s Orpheum Theater.

DLMFA co-founder and Fairfield resident Joanna Plafsky is Executive Producer of My Reincarnation, which was filmed over the course of 20 years by director Jennifer Fox. The critically acclaimed film chronicles the epic story of high Tibetan Buddhist Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s rise as...

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David Lynch Masters in Film Screening Series — Kickoff Weekend

The David Lynch Masters in Film Program (DLMFA) is pleased to announce the Outer Dimensions Film Series – a new bi-weekly film salon that will showcase indie/alternative features, shorts, and trailers from the DLMFA family as well as a wide range of other film artists. The bi-weekly salons are for all cinema lovers in the community who want to get together twice a month to watch and discuss movies. Films from DLMFA guest speakers and contributors such as producer Bill Borden (Mission Impossible III, High School...

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Should my story be made into a film or a video game? [Professional Tips]

Last fall, Media & Communications instructor Cullen Thomas gave a lecture titled Cave Paintings and Video Games (read the recap here).  He touched on the differences between films and video games, and the creative processes behind them.  Cullen emphasized that when creating a story it’s important to use the right medium when no other medium can be used.  “Some stories have to be novels, some stories have to be films,” he said.   But how do you know what the right medium is for your story?...

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MC Senior Talks Working with the DLMA, The Love Doc, and Finding Your Passion

Laura Muzzarelli is a Media and Communications senior, set to graduate later this month. She’s been at MUM for two and a half years, and much of her time has been spent taking film courses and helping with the David Lynch Masters in Film students’ projects.

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Creative Edge Film Fest Rocks Fairfield

The first annual Creative Edge Film Fest (CEFF) took place in Fairfield September 25-27 at the freshly renovated Orpheum Theater downtown. The festival provided a new venue for Iowa’s independent filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors to showcase their talents.

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