Campus Profile: University of Richmond

(Second in a series of articles profiling colleges and universities that are invited to participate in the 2018 College Film Awards)

Here’s a good sign that the University of Richmond’s film production program is on the rise: As we visited the school yesterday to tour its facilities, a student movie crew passed us with a tripod camera and equipment bags in tow.

University of Richmond students are producing films even during finals. Gotta love them.

A relatively small private school tucked in a wooded ravine inside city limits, Richmond attracts creative students from the Northeast and around the country. It has the vibe of a New England Ivy — tradition, beautiful surroundings, inspiring architecture, and some of the brightest visionary students with a cool worldview. What a formula for awesome film production!

The university offers a small film studies major, headed by our friend and Poe expert, Dr. Peter Lurie. As is the current trend among colleges, Richmond is transitioning from a largely film studies curriculum to a broader offering that includes film production. This takes time and money, of course, but we sensed a true commitment by the university to promote the creative side of its film students. And what film major doesn’t want to make a movie?

So in the coming years, look for extensive film production improvements in equipment and facilities, as well as staff and faculty redirection to screenwriting, music production, and technical education in filmmaking. All of this is exciting and likely will make Richmond more competitive in attracting the best and brightest film students.

Dr. Lurie gave us a tour of the Ukrop’s Theater in the Robbins Business School. Two hundred twenty-five plush seats, full film projection facilities and, importantly for our future College Film events, a beautiful reception area that could serve as a networking place and as a catered dinner location. Hmmm. Let’s think about that one.

The University of Richmond’s Jeanette Lam placed as an Official Selection filmmaker in our 2017 College Film Awards event this year. We look forward to more Spiders submitting in 2018. Go U of R!

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