On Wednesday 24 April, the Fourth Year Media and Communications students at Mary Immaculate College will be screening the documentaries and adverts that they have spent the last 12 weeks working on as part of their Liberal Arts degree.
This will be the 23rd annual screening and the Department of Media and Communications Studies is delighted to be able to present the work at the Belltable (69 O’Connell Street) as it is "not only a celebration of the students' hard work but also the culmination of their four years studying" at MIC.
This year, there are five documentaries in total: Soviet City, a centennial celebration of the short-lived Limerick Soviet of 1919; Back In My Day, which talks to the older generation about the limited job (and life) opportunities available to them in the Ireland of the 60s and 70s; Keeping Faith, a truly moving piece about a young woman named Emma Lacey, and the community that came together to support her after she was diagnosed with spinal stenosis; Why Here? What Next? which looks at a group of contemporary Arts students in MIC and what their future holds, and; Tributaries—an abstract exploration of the river Shannon, the natural heart of Limerick City.
Module lecturer, Nicky Fennell, noted: “The amount of work that goes into assembling these documentaries, considering the extremely tight timescale the students are up against, is monumental, but as usual this year the students have thrown themselves into the challenge, many of them giving up their Easter break to perfect their films. The results are extremely impressive, not only on a technical level but also in terms of the narrative quality of each and every one of them. We hope you can show them your support by turning out for an entertaining night’s viewing combined with a bittersweet farewell to the class of ’19.”
Proud Head of Department of Media and Communications Studies, Dr Rosemary Day, added: “The standard of the work achieved by these students in their time with us in Mary Immaculate College is always a joy to behold. Much credit goes to their lecturer in AV production, Nicky Fennell and he tells me that this year the films are better than ever. I'm really looking forward to seeing the documentaries for the first time on Wednesday and to meeting the students' parents, boyfriends and girlfriends, families and friends as it's a great occasion for celebration—a bit like Limerick's very own Oscars.”
The documentaries will also be interspersed with advertisements made by the students for their own invented products—the challenge being that each product must be marketed separately to both a female audience and a male audience.
The screening starts at 7.30pm sharp, with a reception to follow. All welcome. Register your interest on EventBrite for this free event. For information on Media & Communications as part of the Liberal Arts programme at MIC (MI002), click here.