The Film Lab

“The Film Lab” is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar’s Restaurant.

Our guest speaker for Monday, March 5, will be Professor Kevin Kehrwald from Frostburg State University. Kevin grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and teaches English at Frostburg State University. In 2001, he received his doctorate from Purdue University and began the Film Studies program at FSU. In addition to teaching a variety of film courses, including American Film, Film Theory and Film Genre, he teaches American Literature, Postmodernism and Literary Theory.

In 2017 he published his first book, Prison Movies: Cinema Behind Bars from Wallflower Press. While providing an overview of prison films throughout the years, the book argues that prison narratives are ideally suited for exploring such fundamental human themes as freedom, justice and mercy. The book also addresses post-9/11 prison documentaries that focus on human rights, recidivism and mass incarceration. In the last year, he has been invited to speak at Flagler College’s Writers in Residence Series in St. Augustine, FL and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Justice Series. When not watching classy high-brow films, he enjoys movies about radioactive spiders, stoic Scandinavians and imperiled travelers.

Our guest speaker for Monday, May 7, will be Matt Croyle, Founder and Festival Director for the Oil Valley Film Festival, and Creative Director and Photographer for One Fish Media.

Matt will be screening his most recent feature, Potential Inertia (2014). “Declan Holmes is graduating college, a hard enough time as it is, and heading out into the real world. The loss he experiences is like nothing he has ever known before. ‘Potential Inertia’ is the story of his journey through a very difficult time, and the relationships that can either build you up or tear you apart.”