After almost a year of work, local director Ben Schmidt is ready to reveal “The Dorm Room Chronicles” to the world on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the ACC Ballrooms.
The process began as a single twelve minute short in spring of 2016. Schmidt did not expect it to turn into three shorts which were stitched together into what is now a feature length film.
The movie stars Loras juniors Brennan Pivnicka, Ron Paar, James Kappes and Andrew Weber as a band of college students where reality and fantasy intersect. The group finds itself at odds with an equally colorful cast of villains.
“Making this movie is probably one of the most fun things I’ve done here. I honestly never expected to do a second one, let alone a full movie. It’s been a pleasant surprise and a wild ride, for sure,” said junior Ron Paar.
Schmidt got his start at Loras for one semester during his first-year, but left to pursue his filmmaking goals.
“I wanted to make a fun movie. We asked whoever was available and got some props and made the first short film,” Schmidt said of the process. “It was incredibly fun for all of us, so we decided to make another, longer short during finals week. It just kind of became something we did when we were bored, and soon we decided it’d be cool to put the shorts together into an anthology. I think it’s the kind of movie you can only make in you are bored in your early twenties.”
The movie was filmed on location here at Loras, and it injects a liberal dose of imagination into the buildings and spaces we occupy every day.
“We’re going to graduate in two short years, and this is something that we can remember this place by. It’s our love letter to being on Loras’ campus,” said junior Brennan Pivnicka.
The event is free to attend, and this anthology is a tribute to all the fun that Loras can be. It is dedicated to the Visitation Complex and all who were affected by last year’s fire.