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“The number of UMBC faculty, students and alumni selected to participate in this year’s Maryland Film Festival reflects the strength of our arts programs. We are excited that UMBC’s film and video producers are receiving wide recognition for their creative work.”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


UMBC Alumnus Draws National Acclaim for First Feature Film

Saved! – the first feature film by Brian Dannelly, visual and performing arts ‘97, has attracted widespread attention since MGM/UA studios released it to theaters nationwide this spring. The film was a feature presentation at the 2004 Sundance Festival and was also a highlight of the 2004 Maryland Film Festival.

Reviews by film critics across North America tout Dannelly’s film as “Nothing short of brilliant” (Premiere magazine), “A great accomplishment” (The Wall Street Journal) and “An important film as well as an entertaining one” (The Chicago Sun-Times).

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from UMBC, Dannelly was a directing fellow at the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), the preeminent national organization dedicated to advancing and preserving film, television and other forms of the moving image. “I never would have gotten into AFI if it weren’t for my experience at UMBC,” he says.

At the Maryland Film Festival, Dannelly’s work shared the screen with short films and videos created by eight other UMBC faculty, students, and alumni:

. Mark Street, assistant professor, visual arts – Fulton Fish Market
. Alan Price, assistant professor, visual arts – Overpass
. Carol Hess, associate professor and chair, dance – Site Visits, featuring a sound score by Timothy Nohe, associate professor, visual arts
. Jill Johnston-Price, adjunct assistant professor, visual arts – Bludren
. Jo Israelson, imaging & digital arts ‘04 – Today is Thursday and Warp & Weft
. Nick Prevas, visual arts ‘03 – L’Invitation and Love and a ‘61
. Tanner Almon, visual arts ‘02 – Method for Self-Defense Against Scorpions
. Dan Stack, undergraduate, visual arts – Remission


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