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FTVM Outreach

Wolverine Pathways & FTVM Summer Film and Media Camp


Designed to provide the Wolverine Pathways scholars with rigorous, engaging, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive educational exposure to knowledge and craft that is central to fields of film, television, and media, the FTVM Summer Film and Media Camp includes exposure to media studies, screenwriting, and production

FTVM's summer camp is situated within a broader Wolverine Pathways goal to expose scholars to U-M’s schools and majors and to cultivate their excitement about studying at the University of Michigan.


FTVM Summer Film and Media Camp 2020: The Virtual Edition 


In July of 2020, under the guidance of FTVM faculty Mark Kligerman, Dan Shere, and David Marek, scholars explored the genre of horror movies, the art of screenwriting, and the process of capturing and editing their own short video projects. The 16 scholars in the program also engaged in two Friday Zoom visits from top professionals working in the industry: Comedy Central’s Vice President for Original Programming and Development, Kellyn Parker (at left); Senior Manager, Comedy Original Programming at Hulu, Kelci Parker (middle); and Screenwriter/Producer LaToya Morgan (at right) [Parenthood, Shameless, TURN, Into the Badlands].

 Robyn Citizen, PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU and Senior Manager of Festival Programming at TIFF, visited the scholars while in their studies class. Robyn (second from right, center row) joined the class to discuss her role as a film festival programmer and to facilitate the conversation about Get Out. She contributed a chapter on the film to the anthology titled Jordan Peele's Get Out: Political Horror.


FTVM Summer Film and Media Camp 2019




Wolverine Pathways Scholars 
North Quad, July 2020






Photo credit, Paul Sutherland

In 2019, under the guidance of FTVM faculty Sarah Murray, Dan Shere, and David Marek, 38 rising 11th grade scholars were introduced to the digital media industry, the art of screenwriting, and given hands-on experience regarding how to navigate the basic concepts behind film and television production. See the scholars in action in the video below.

A special thanks to the FTVM office and studio staff for helping to make this program such a success.

Wolverine Pathways Scholars in Action

Wolverine Express & FTVM Faculty High School Visits


In the fall of 2019, FTVM joined the Center for Educational Outreach on the Wolverine Express in promoting higher education to under-resourced high schools through sharing their stories of aspiration, education, and career experiences.



                                                              photo credit, Amanda Hudek, CEO

On October 24, 2019, Associate Professor Colin Gunckel took the Wolverine Express to Jackson High School to speak with Ms. Dailey’s Social Media students (grades 9-12). Gunckel told students about his own journey through higher education and the circuitous route that led him to a career in the Department of Film, Television, and Media. He emphasized the importance of higher education as more than a means to an end, but rather as an experience that can give students a full sense of the wide range of career and life options that exist. Gunckel also encouraged the class to constantly challenge themselves, to step outside their comfort zones, to always continue to learn and grow, and to find their passion and pursue it in every way possible.

On November 1, 2019, Production Faculty David Marek travelled to Cesar Chavez Academy to speak with the students from Ms. Mosko’s Spanish Language through Culture and Media class (grades 9-12). Marek shared his unusual journey through community college to his undergraduate and graduate studies. He discussed how his decision to pursue higher education led to discovering his passion for storytelling and filmmaking, which, in turn, opened up a world of personal, creative and professional opportunities. He screened some of his creative work with the students and shared the FTVM promotional trailer, along with information on the Department. While answering questions about higher education and the FTVM Department in particular, he shared images of FTVM's 3 world class TV Studios and behind-the-scenes photos of FTVM students working on their film, television and media projects.

Visits made possible with support from the John and Patricia Mitchell Family Community Outreach Fund