Rocky Mountain Student Media launches documentary film program

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Three CSU student films selected for
10th annual Front Range Film Festival

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO — Three student documentaries from Tree Stump Films, the new
documentary film department launched in 2020 by Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation
at Colorado State University, have been selected for the upcoming Front Range Film Festival, to
be held Feb. 19, 2022, in Longmont, Colorado.

The three student films include:

● DIY Fort Collins, which will be part of the festival’s “Finding Our Way” block, will show
between 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The movie was directed by Mary Grace Sheetz, a fourth-year student
at CSU and the production assistant for Tree Stump Films.
● Becoming Kaz Smith, which will air in the “Connections, Truth and Life” block, will show
between 4 and 6 p.m. The movie was directed by Tree Stump Films Director Owen Johnson, a
fourth-year CSU student.
● Reclamation, which will air in the “Beauty, Strength and Trust in Adversity” block, will
show between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The movie was directed by Anna von Pechmann, a fourth-year
CSU student.

The festival takes place starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at La Vita Bella Open Space, 471
Main Street in Longmont, Colorado. More information on tickets and location can be found at

Launched in the fall of 2020, Tree Stump Film’s mission is to provide students with real-world
experience in the planning, production and broadcast of a documentary film. It aims to replicate
the actual workings of a professional documentary film company.

The department is operated by paid student crew members, managers, and researchers. The
founding adviser for Tree Stump Films is Frank Boring, a longtime documentary filmmaker. Tree
Stump partners with Rocky Mountain PBS to provide professional standards and guidance in the
production of student work. Some works are selected to air on RMPBS. Each completed and
approved documentary produced under Tree Stump Films will acknowledge students’
participation in the credits and provide a professional broadcast to their resume.

Tree Stump Films held its inaugural public event in December at the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins
where 125 documentary enthusiasts attended the CSU Student Documentary Film Showcase. The
event featured documentaries from Tree Stump Films as well as from students in CSU’s
Journalism and Mass Communication Department and independently produced student films.
Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation is a not-for-profit company that employs students to
produce media for the Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities. Located on the
CSU campus, RMSMC employs nearly 300 students annually to produce independent student
media each school year on a variety of platforms, including The Rocky Mountain Collegian and, KCSU-FM radio and, Collegian Television (CTV) and CSU TV11,
College Avenue Magazine and, Student Video Productions and Tree Stump
Films. Learn more about us at

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