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Student Produces Short Film Nominated for Award at Naperville Independent Film Fest

“Going Strong” is a short film that was produced by current students and alumni that was nominated for Best Student Film at the Naperville Independent Film Festival.

Current student of the college, Mike Bussan, and two past college students, David Reyes and Emilio Morrone, produced the film. Reyes, who was also the director of the film, graduated last December.

The festival will take place from Sept. 15 through the 22 and will showcase many short films in many different styles.

“Going Strong” is a comedy with raunchy humor similar to the popular American Pie series of movies. The producers were inspired by old school slapstick humor and 80’s movies such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Bussan, the executive producer, has previously worked for NBC and FOX and enjoys working with other students at the college to create professional short films. He said the three of them came up with the idea for the film when “trying to figure out a concept that was different. We wanted to do something that we haven’t seen before and I think that’s what makes our film stand out from others.”

This film was created for a class, which gave them a three-week time limit. Bussan said “David Reyes did a great job under that kind of pressure, handling every aspect of every position.” He also said “anyone would enjoy this film that enjoys slap stick comedy.”

Something that makes this film stand out is that the typical gender roles in a relationship are switched and the film explores the relationship between the two main characters, Vince (played by Mike Devane, a theater student) and Anna (Corinne Nowicki,).

Vince seeks advice from his best friend Jack (played by Andrew Trygstad, a theater student) that accounts for the majority of funny lines in the film. The film contains all original music and was also submitted to the Chicago International Film Festival.

It will premiere at the Naperville Independent Film Festival Classic Cinemas on September 16 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5.

*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2012.

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