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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 1/21/04
 
SLU INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES MINI-GRANT FOR SHORT FILM
      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University transitional studies instructor Alan Marsh has received a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts to write the story and screenplay for a new short film.
      The film, “The Firefly Club,” will be Marsh’s latest collaboration with Southeastern colleagues Martie Fellom, associate professor of dramatic arts; university photographer/videographer Claude Levet; and video editor Steve Kleyle. The group previously created the films “Wish,” which one two film festival awards, and “Wild Kingdom,” which debuted during the university’s 2002 Fanfare arts festival.
      Marsh was one of 29 recipients chosen from among 107 applicants statewide to receive a $500 Artist Mini-Grant.
      Marsh, who has also taught in Southeastern’s English Department, is the author of the children’s book “Where the Dinosaurs Are” and a novel, “Kings of the Night” as well as a number of short stories. He has worked with Fellom on several productions for the university’s dance company, Danceworks, including “The Water Maiden,” “Unicorn,” and “Sleepwalker Nocturne.”
      “Wish” won a Gold Award in the “Experimental Short” category at Houston World Fest and a Silver Award at Crested Butte, Colo., Reel Fest.
      Marsh said “The Firefly Club” will use visual metaphors to tell the story of three children who become lost in the woods which catching fireflies. “It’s about faith and the connectiveness of life,” he said.