For the third year in a row, the Traverse City Film Festival will screen a series of short films created by students from Michigan State University. The shorts will be screened at The Buzz, the cinematic venue located at InsideOut! Gallery. The films were put together by faculty and students from MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the College of Arts & Letters.

On Friday at 3 p.m., four films will be shown back-to-back for a 93 minute total running time. The filmmakers themselves will be present at the screening.

  • Blacktop: The story of a strained paramedic who seeks guidance after the death of one of his patients. Directed by Trevor Ferla.
  • From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City: This documentary is a firsthand account of the Flint residents affected by the water crisis and the organizations working to improve their lives. Directed by Elise Conklin.
  • Run, Jump, Paddle: An account of the environmental challenges faced by three extreme athletes in their respective sports. Directed by Jennifer Berggen.
  • #LendMIHand: Follows students from the MSU Media Sandbox program who work to mentor homeless youth in Lansing. Directed by Izak Gracy.

As part of the Free Movies at the Buzz series, the student films are free of charge; however, tickets still have to be reserved. Currently, admittance to the films is available by stand-by line only. Learn more about the student shorts here.

Don’t miss out on these incredible shorts by MSU students at the Traverse City Film Festival!

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