PSU Film Students at Work

In Fall 2016, PSU Film students worked with local nonprofit Looptworks to produce a series of short videos for Prof. Courtney Hermann’s Branded Media course.

Study Film in New York through PSU

Few cities in the world can compete with the diversity of cultural experiences offered by New York. The city is an icon of contemporary civic life. Portland State Film’s “Cinema in New York City” summer program will immerse students in the filmic culture of the nation’s largest metropolis. Through tours, site visits, guest speakers, screenings and lectures, students will learn about the political, artistic, and cultural histories of New York and find ways to tell the city’s story through their own film productions and research projects.

Students will investigate New York’s distinct neighborhoods, its institutions and organizations, its people and its history through narrative and nonfiction creative work, and through the critical study of the city’s cinema history. New York is the one of the world’s media capitals, and some students may even choose to lay the groundwork for future internships, or explore the possibility of relocating to or visiting New York to work in the global media industries in which it provides so many incredible opportunities.

Students will take two courses in the program, for 8 total credit hours. Both courses can count toward the student’s film major requirements. FILM 384 “New York on Film” will provide the contextual, historical, and critical background on the city’s long history in filmmaking, filmgoing, and scholarly film culture. FILM360 “Production in the City” will challenge students to tell stories of New Yorkers and the city through their their own film and media production work.

The program will run in Summer Term One in 2017. Interested students should email Prof. Morrow at to request an info packet on the program. The info packet details the schedule, travel, housing, coursework, and costs associated with the program.

Prof. Morrow to Present Films at Local Library

This Wednesday, PSU Film professor Dustin Morrow will screen several of his award-winning short films and discuss their themes and processes. In particular, he will look at location-driven filmic strategies, and the relationships between landscape and personal, communal and cultural identities in his films.

The screening and talk will be held at the Cedar Mill Community Library at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 30th. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Dustin Morrow:
Prof. Morrow is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, programmer and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor of Film at Portland State University, where he teaches courses in digital cinema production and film studies. His films have won numerous awards and been shown in venues around the world. Before re-entering academia, Morrow was an editor and director of short-form projects and series television in Los Angeles, for such clients as MTV and the Discovery Channel, and such filmmakers as Spike Jonze, Michael Apted, and Steven Soderbergh. Among his recent works are a feature-film contemporary musical called Everything Went Down, which was the subject of a TED Talk and has screened at film festivals around the world, taken Best Film honors at five film festivals, and was a runaway success on the streaming service Hulu. Learn more about Prof. Morrow and his work at


Submit to the Fall Student Film Showcase


The 2016 Fall Student Film Showcase will be held Friday, December 2nd, at 7:00pm in Lincoln Recital Hall.  The show will be a collection of the best recent film and video projects created by School of Theatre and Film students, as selected by a jury of faculty.  Any work created in 2016 by a student (in a course or independently) is eligible for submission.

Submit projects by uploading them to the Google Drive folder here:

You must be signed into your account to upload. If the folder is not allowing you access, it is because you are not signed in to

Upload a hi-res copy of your project and make sure your name and the name of the project are in the file name. Please read the “Rules” and “Submission Specs” documents in the GoogleDrive folder before uploading. Submissions are due by noon on this Wednesday, November 23rd. If you have any questions about submitting films, you may contact Prof. Morrow at