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Tom & Lu Caltagirone: Launching a Student Film Project

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Tom and Lu Caltagirone started the Student Film Project fund in 2016 with a generous donation of $25,000. That gift kicked off an annual project where students work on a screenplay as part of an advanced screenplay course in the fall, take the screenplay and prepare it to be filmed in a spring production management course, then shoot and edit the film over the summer. Since that gift, four student films have been made (you can see one of the latest ones, Steps, here).

Tom and Lu started this program so that students could experience a film production process that creates a film that is submitted to festivals. Tom felt that "gaining valuable real-world experience of taking a project from beginning to end, including all the pitfalls you may encounter and understanding the need to meet project deadlines, is so important in their preparation and central to why we wanted students to gain this experience."