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OCC students showcase work at annual film festival

Filmgoers and the community are invited to the 8th annual Oakland Community College Student Film Festival featuring the works of OCC student filmmakers. Students will screen their short films to the public on May 24, 2018 at the college’s Smith Theatre in Farmington Hills.

“OCC’s Student Film Festival is a juried event showcasing a diverse and outstanding selection of short films created by OCC students,” said Jack Cronin, OCC Cinematic Arts faculty member.

According to Cronin, the jury is made-up of a three-person panel including former cinematic arts students, industry professionals and faculty. “There are several criteria the jury looks at including technical and aesthetic quality. The jury decides which films are shown at the Festival and which ones win. Each year we feature a grand prize winner and two honorable mentions. The grand prize winner receives a GoPro camera to continue their great work.”

The Festival is produced by OCC’s Cinematic Arts Program. Featured films cover all genres and each is under 15 minutes in length. The free event is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. The Smith Theatre is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Mich. For more information about OCC’s Student Festival, contact Jack Cronin at jdcronin@oaklandcc.edu.

About OCC’s Cinematic Arts Program - The Cinematic Arts Program awards an Associate in Arts degree. This program incorporates a theoretical and practical field of study, providing the student with a multidimensional experience in the study and application of cinematic arts. Subsequent to completion of the program, students will be prepared to enter the film/video industry or pursue a bachelor’s degree in film/video production studies.  

About OCC - With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve.  More than 40,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Antiques Roadshow reveals Rochester event will be held at historic Meadow Brook Hall

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan on Thursday, June 14 for an all-day appraisal event as part of an innovative production tour yielding new-look episodes! For the first time ever, PBS's most-watched ongoing series is stopping exclusively at distinctive, historic locations across the country.
"Holding events at historic locations like Meadow Brook Hall adds a new depth to our show by filming appraisals in and around places that are treasures in their own right," said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "I can't wait to see what finds we uncover in Rochester!"
From each of the 2018 events, three episodes of ROADSHOW will be created for inclusion in the 15-time Emmy® Award-nominated production's Season 23, to air in 2019. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs locally Mondays at 8pm on Detroit Public Television.
Admission to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. For this 2018 Tour event, ticket applications closed on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. A limited number of ticket recipients were selected at random from all eligible entries for the Rochester event.
At each appraisal event, approximately 3,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from experts from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. To see FAQs about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, go to: pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/faq.
In addition to Rochester, the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2018 Tour will visit Sarasota, Florida on April 12; Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 21; Louisville, Kentucky on May 22; and San Diego, California on May 29.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW puts the reality in reality television! Produced by WGBH Boston, ROADSHOW is seen by around 8 million viewers each week.

Mirror Dog Productions announces Michigan premiere of feature film Urban Myths September 29th


Mirror Dog Productions announced that their feature film, Urban Myths, will premiere on September 29 at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan. The premiere will also serve as a charity fundraiser to benefit The Rainbow Connection. Urban Myths is a paranormal suspense thriller, drawing from ancient American tribal cultures and set in the deep woods of Michigan, all in a family-friendly format.

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Detroit-area chefs explore magical part of Italy


Luciano DelSignore, one of metro Detroit’s most celebrated chefs, traces his love of food back to Italy’s Abruzzo region.

There, he spent summers on his grandparents’ farm, learning and helping them tend to livestock, harvest fruits and vegetables. Food in Abruzzo, he says, is rarely mucked up with too many ingredients, remembering how he gathered eggs for his grandmother and how those eggs ended up an breakfast dish.

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CMNtv public access television orientation April 1


Make television at Community Media Network! Visit our studio on April 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM for a free orientation and learn about the wide array of video production courses that you can take to bring your big ideas to the small screen. Orientation will cover CMNtv’s course selections, field equipment, editing software, and a tour of our studio. 

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Dodge partners with Universal Studios on The Fate of the Furious


Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US announced that Dodge has entered a promotional partnership with Universal Pictures for The Fate of the Furious, which will arrive in theatres on April 14. Dodge has been part of the Fast and Furious franchise since its inception, and is launching a multitier marketing campaign including television ads, social media and digital extensions, and licensed products in advance of the film.

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Film captures genius of Detroit-based architect Eero Saarinen


Fans of Detroit's architectural history are in for a treat this month as PBS-TV airs the documentary "Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future," as part of its acclaimed American Masters series.

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Novi Emagine to get state's largest screen


Emagine Novi plans to have the largest movie screen in Michigan by spring 2017.

A $4.5 million renovation plan for the location was announced by Emagine Entertainment, which has 18 locations in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. Emagine Novi, which opened in 2002, was the company's original theater in metro Detroit.

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Lathrup Village debuts new television program featuring diversity in business


A new TV show produced by city officials and Downtown Development Authority officials is showcasing the medley of cultures that make up Lathrup Village.

The half-hour program, called “Global Village,” showcases six Lathrup Village business owners, ranging from restaurants and nail salons to a shelter.

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Birmingham native brings Iditarod documentary home


Iditarod racing was in Lance Mackey’s blood, but after a rough battle with cancer, he thought he might never mush again. Then the four-time champion got a second chance to take his dogs on the icy 1,000-mile trail, carrying on his family’s legacy of dog-sled racing.

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College launches Center for Social Entrepreneurship


Since its founding more than 50 years ago, Rochester College has prepared students to be servant leaders in their communities, and beginning in the Spring 2016 semester, the college will solidify this mission by launching the Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

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OCTV show highlights Oxford history


Two local entities have joined forces to educate the public about Oxford's past through the magic of television.

A new show called "Oxford History Today" is taking viewers on 30-minute trips through the mists of time, exploring everything from the community's unique connection to the iconic Lone Ranger character to the days when folks proudly boasted that this was the "Gravel Capital of the World."

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Detroit-filmed Batman Vs. Superman exclusive sneak peek [VIDEO]


An exclusive trailer of the movie was revealed, showing a dark and gritty version of the super hero with an angry Batman in chains and an even angrier Superman unmasking him.

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Oakland County implements online FOIA requests

Oakland County continues to improve government transparency through the use of technology. The public and media will be able file freedom of information (FOIA) requests online beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced. The easy-to-use software by GovQA will be accessible through the county’s website at OakGov.com/FOIA.

“Oakland County has an impeccable reputation for transparency and using technology to make records available on our website. Now we are taking it a step further,” Patterson said. “With a few clicks of the keyboard, anyone can file a freedom of information request with the county and track it.”

The portal will accept FOIA requests for all county executive departments, the Sheriff’s Office, the Clerk/Register of Deeds, and the Treasurer’s Office. Individuals who submit FOIA requests online will be able to track the progress of their requests. They also will be able to review others’ FOIA requests and responses to those requests.

“The software allows the county to track all FOIA requests and responses more effectively and efficiently,” Patterson said. “County departments can now collaborate in an easier fashion on FOIA requests that require the collection of public documents from several departments.”

Patterson, through the county’s Corporation Counsel and Information Technology Department, implemented online FOIA requests to improve accessibility to county government records and to ensure compliance with recent changes in FOIA laws.

“FOIA laws continue to evolve,” Oakland County Corporation Counsel Keith Lerminiaux said. “This software will help us be even more effective at tracking, responding to, and fulfilling the thousands of FOIA requests we receive every year.”

Oakland County receives more than 3,500 FOIA requests a year. Corporation Counsel is the designated FOIA coordinator for all county executive departments, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Clerk/Register of Deeds.

For those who do not have access to a computer or may not understand how to use technology, Oakland County will continue to accept FOIA requests by mail, fax, and email. The Prosecutor’s Office and the Water Resources Commissioner will continue to receive FOIA requests the traditional way.

Michigan Film & Digital Media Office partners with Google

Responding to the challenge of improving computer science education, the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office is partnering with Google in “Computer Science First” (CS First), an online-based curriculum designed for middle-school students that increases accessibility to a discipline where proficiency is a highly marketable skill to current and future job prospects.

“This program is a valuable tool to help students begin a formal education in computer science,” said Jenell Leonard, commissioner of the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office. “We hope to encourage more interest and greater awareness among students so they realize nearly all professions – from farming to manufacturing to engineering to filmmaking – can include some aspect of computer science.”
While Google provides the curriculum (available through a website to classrooms) to schools around the U.S., the introduction of CS First in Michigan marks the first time a state agency has been the primary coordinator of the program.
“We want to make sure all schools have equal access to computer science materials and knowledge,” said Leonard. “Regardless of location or test scores, we need to empower today’s students with the resources needed to succeed in a high-tech world where critical thinking and creativity are premiums.”

As a result of the partnership between the film office and Google, four schools are participating in the introductory phase of CS First with the statewide launch planned for January. Participants include Wilkinson Middle School, Madison Heights (Oakland County); Ferndale Middle School, Ferndale (Oakland County); Manchester Middle School, Manchester (Washtenaw County); Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, Freemont (Newaygo County).
"We know that exposure to computer science can lead to some of the most rewarding jobs in the world, and we have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of tech innovators," said Rob Biederman, Google's Head of Midwest Public Affairs. "Kids from all neighborhoods and all backgrounds should be encouraged to be creators -- not just consumers -- of technology."
Currently, there are 15,000 job openings in the computer sciences in Michigan. Job growth in the state is increasing at three-and-a-half times the average compared to other industries. By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who qualify for the jobs. Average annual earnings is nearly $89,000 for jobs in digital-media related industries.
A top priority for CS First, said Biederman, is providing a “sense of belonging in technology” for under-represented students. He noted only 10 percent of K-12 schools in U.S. offers computer science classes.

CS First includes:
  • Computer science materials for students in grades 4-8
  • Support for computer science clubs run by teachers and/or volunteers
  • Flexible program design that fits in-class or after-class requirements
  • Eight themed/focus areas, e.g. game design, art, storytelling, fashion/design, music/sound, friends, social media and sports
CS First is an on-line curriculum provided at no cost. Students work on the activities and assignments from a laptop, either provided by the school or the student. No additional software is required. Schools must have Wi-Fi.
“CS First builds a community of volunteers and mentors while providing opportunities for students to learn the many applications of computer science,” said Leonard. “Partnering with Google is a cost-effective and innovative way for schools to introduce digital design and encourage creativity for middle-school students.”
The partnership with Google is the initial foray into building public-private partnerships for the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, which no longer provides incentive to filmmakers. In addition to working with innovative private-sector companies like Google, the film office strategic plan calls for educational alliances to go along with a coordinated promotional campaign to elevate awareness of film and digital media production resources in Michigan.
In September, the office sponsored the Digital Summit Detroit, which showcased a diverse range of professionals working in digital media.
Subsequent to the January rollout of CS First across the state, participation and success will be measured based on each school submitting reports on number of enrollees, volunteers along with an assessment of the proficiency of students’ work in the eight themed areas.
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