Campus Profile: Roanoke College

Thirteenth in a series of articles from our visits to colleges and universities that are invited to participate in the 2018 College Film Awards.

The Poe Film Festival caravan touched down in a rainy Salem, Virginia, yesterday as we celebrated the upstart and accomplished film program at Roanoke College.

The second oldest Lutheran college in America, chartered in 1853, Roanoke College features a wide variety of liberal arts education courses for its 2,000 students. Among its dozens of majors is “Screen Studies,” directed by our good friend, Dr. Robert Schultz, a National Endowment of the Arts fellow and prolific writer.

Dr. Schultz has surely passed his creative writing vibe to his students as well. One of our 2017 College Film Awards Official Selection films was “Positive” by Roanoke College’s Harrison Mines. Harrison and many of her college friends participated in our awards event last November in Richmond and obviously enjoyed seeing “Positive” on the big screen and networking with filmmakers from throughout the Commonwealth.

Roanoke College utilizes a cross-disciplinary approach to filmmaking, incorporating educational courses in literature, history, creative writing and fine arts. It’s a approach that’s netting success. Our stroll through the college’s tree-lined campus convinced us that Roanoke’s students are inspired, well-grounded, and anxious to share their experiences on film.

We look forward to more submissions from these gifted filmmakers of tomorrow. Go Maroons!

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