MSU Department of Media Journalism and Film

(Poster design courtesy Manhattan Short Film Festival)

"This is the 20th year for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, and it just gets bigger and better every year.  We got more people every year." 

Children are the biggest casualty of the Syria war, raging since 2011. Thousands of them have been killed, injured and ripped apart from their families.

To shed light on the humanitarian crisis, a film crew comprising Missouri State University students and alumni is creating a feature-length documentary through Carbon Trace Productions

Shannon Bowers

A documentary film crew from Springfield has just returned from Jordan, where they spent a week interviewing Syrian refugees. 

Shannon Bowers is a lead producer and the main interviewer for Carbon Trace Productions film crew.  She and three others landed in Amman, grabbed some hummus and tabbouli, then went to work filming in refugee clinics run by the Syrian American Medical Society.

Brandon Barber / Show-Me Chefs

“Five, four, three….” With a slap of the clapperboard, season two production of “Show-Me Chefs” is underway from a studio in downtown Springfield.

Daan Jansen, one of the student producers of the show, aims to make season two of the cooking show more akin to the local community.

(Logo courtesy MSU Department of Media, Journalism & Film)

Local film lovers will be able to unite with more than 100,000 people all over the world the first week of October to view--and vote for their favorites in--the 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.  It's billed as the only global audience-choice film festival in the world.  And once again this year, the Missouri State University campus is the only location in Missouri where you can view the films and participate in the voting.  The Festival returns to the MSU campus Saturday October 3rd starting at 7:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theatre, 1110 E. Madison.