Media Week, March 14-19, 2016

Every March Media Week brings the creative industry to campus. We host several speakers from near and far throughout the week, which culminates with the annual Speechless Film Festival. Media Week speakers generally represent all aspects of media production—art, broadcast, design, entertainment, film & TV, social media, and more.  Media Week 2016 occurs from March 14-19.

kelly_lKelly Ludeking is the founder and artist at KRL metals, Ironhead Sculptural Services and Lost & Foundry. He specializes in teaching and creating simple to complex bronze, aluminum and iron sculptures. Found object art is another passion of his, searching for rejected metal parts to weld together into some of his most famous pieces.

Ludeking is a 1997 BFA graduate from Minneapolis College of Art & Design with an emphasis in Sculpture and Furniture Design.

“Manifesting Collaborative and Individual Artistic Visions”
Upcycling cast iron and found objects into beautiful sculpture.

A sneak preview of the first (annual) Gospel Outreach With Media Online Conference. More information coming soon.

Professor Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M. is a multi-talented speaker, teacher, author and advocate. She is a seasoned veteran of the music industry with more than 14 years of experience as an entertainment attorney and record label executive. She is an accomplished workshop coordinator and lecturer with over two-dozen nationwide appearances under her belt.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and a Master of Laws in Entertainment and Media from Southwestern University School of Law/Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.

Professor Butler also has 10 years of undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience as Course Director of Entertainment Marketing and Entertainment Media Distribution at The Los Angeles Film School; Associate Professor of Music Business at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Business at the University of Memphis and adjunct Professor of ADR at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Music Industry Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Joseph Gallup works in film production in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information coming soon.
Spend the day with Director of Photography Marcus Taplin at Drive A Tank Headquarters in Kasota, MN. You will learn professional cinematography skills using an Arri Amira camera package. Additional camera and lighting gear supplied by CinEquipt. Contact Kurt Paulsen to reserve your spot.

Marcus Taplin is an Emmy & Telly award winning DP based in the greater Minneapolis area. He has worked with clients like: ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY network, Discovery Channel, truTV, Fox Sports, NFL, and the Outdoor Channel. His work has been shown in network tv shows, documentaries, national advertising, feature films and sports branding packages. More on the workshop coming soon.

bayard_blackBayard Black is the Brand Shepherd at Branch Industries, a branding and visual language team based in Mankato, Minnesota. Black has helped some of the largest companies in the US create effective brands and visual language campaigns. See examples of Black’s work at

Presentation: “No, We Don’t Do Marketing”
Slaying design dragons with inspiring visual languages and compelling brand stories.

Kaniess will present and screen “Rough Cuts Only,” a documentary film about artist Daniel Kaniess (Kab’s father). The film is an exercise in using the Robustness Principle to find the story.
hans_utterSitarist and composer Hans Utter is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, having studied extensively in India under the tutelage of the world renown sitar maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan.

He performs in the Imdad Khan gharana style, known as the gayaki ang, and has achived recognition in India, the United States and Europe. As a composer he explores the crossover between Indian music, jazz, rock and Western classical music, and is also an accomplished guitar player.

Claire Dau joined the sports team at KEYC in April, 2013. More information is coming soon.
steven_rybinIn this talk Rybin will discuss his research in film performance, including his work on acting in Classical Hollywood cinema.  He will focus on different methods he has used to study film performance, as well as different theories and models for exploring acting in Film Studies.  Rybin will also discuss how he teaches the subject in the classroom.

Steve Rybin is an assistant professor of film studies in the English department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Arising From the Surface: Robert Platt discusses their film entry; the contexts behind the work and its framework for interdisciplinary art practice.

Taking our experimental entry for the 2016 Speechless festival: Arising From the Surface this presentation by Robert Platt will focus on the inspiration and conceptual premise of the film to explore broader themes of the contemporary role of spectatorship, and the mutability of media and material relations. In particular Platt will discuss his own diverse creative practice examining relations between film/moving image, architecture, painting and their material contact with art objects and people.

The notion of Surface for Platt is explored as a site where different forms of mediation, memory and transformation can take place. His creative work and research thematically traverses practices of perception and space and the potential interchanges between site, architecture and the tactile/material role in our communicative sense of spatiality. This presentation attempts to show that film, image and architecture are essentially tactile matters and the shift from the optic to the haptic moves away from the perspective of the gaze and into diverse and complex motions of spatial form and sensuous cognition as alternative ways of being in touch with image and environment.

Robert Platt received his MA in painting from The Royal College of Art (2001) and a PhD at Kyoto City University of Arts 2010. His interdisciplinary approach to spatialized painting draw on cave exploration, optics and neuroaesthetics as a way to forge diverse and new representations and perception of the built and natural environment. He currently lives and works in Michigan and teaches at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

c_l_chapmanChristopher Lawrence Chapman, CEO of Zorya Films, has an interesting background. Among other media related backgrounds, he was a commercial photographer, and a creative writer. He has photographed and documented various places of interest around the world, including his personal favorite, Chernobyl and the horrific aftermath which followed the nuclear disaster there. He is a licensed attorney and holds a multitude of complex ratings for helicopter and fix wing aircraft. He has managed large scale projects, headed up medium sized corporations, and continues to remain active in various business ventures. His creative eye with a foundation in business and the law, lends itself to a solid production capability not normally seen outside of large Hollywood studios. Christopher has directed numerous film projects, features, and has produced a wide range of projects spanning multiple genres.
jeff_johnsonJeff Johnson is the owner of Motion 117 Productions (Minneapolis). He recently directed The Seeker, a feature film by indie band Cloud Cult and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). A sneak peek of the film is showing at the 2016 Speechless Film Festival.