The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 7
Project aids those with
dreams of Hollywood
By Samantha Woll
For the Daily
This spring, the University commu-
nity will have the chance to explore the
world of movie-making first hand.
Project M Film, an idea envisioned by
recent University graduate Dominic
Bartalino, presents an opportunity for
aspiring writers, actors and directors to
be able to realize their dreams of mak-
ing their own movie.
Project M Film was inspired by Pro-
ject Greenlight, a joint effort by Mira-
max Films & Television and
LivePlanet to create an online screen-
writing competition that would give an
unknown screenwriter the chance to
make their movie with Ben Affleck,
Matt Damon and Chris Moore as exec-
utive producers. After toying around
with the idea for a couple of years,
Bartalino said he decided to use the
University's resources to do what
Damon and Affleck were doing, but
with a "U of M twist."
The project is open to anyone affili-
ated with the University and calls upon
the talents and ideas of everyone rang-
ing from writers, actors and producers
to costume and makeup artists. The
deadline for the screenwriting contest
is April 27 and the filming will take
place over the summer. The winner's
film will be shown at the Michigan
Theater next fall. Bartalino, who hopes
that this will become an annual event,
is planning on funding Project M Film
through corporate sponsors but is also
considering a non-profit route.
"Hopefully it will dig up and show-
case the hidden talents of kids who
always wanted to write that screenplay,
sit behind the camera, or be a star but
never had the opportunities" LSA
sophomore Ryan Lewis said.
"The idea of a film being done
entirely by the community at Univer-
sity of Michigan excited me a lot,"
said Shrihari Sathe, an LSA freshman
who is planning to major in film and
Sathe also pointed out that he is
eager to gain first-hand experience
though this project, one of Bartalino's
main objectives. Another goal of Bar-
talino's is to bridge the gap between
students and faculty through the
process of filmmaking and the open
invitation to anyone affiliated with
Bartalino graduated from the Uni-
versity in August with a degree in gen-
eral studies and has expressed a strong
interest in the entertainment business.
He said his main focus is on "putting
entertainment into the hands of every-
He chose "Entertainment for the
People, by the People" as the motto for
his company Blazing Horizons.
Echoing Bartalino's vision, Lewis
said, "It sounds like a really great idea
because I know that there is a lot of tal-
ent at the University that remains
untapped because of a lack of funding
and the difficulties in registering for
Since this project is open to any-
one who is affiliated with the Uni-
versity, it provides that opening or
big break for those who do not yet
have an outlet for their movie mak-
ing creative energy.
LSA sophomore Katie Moore is
eager to get started with this project.
"I'm very excited to see what the story
line will be, and when the 'project will
begin rolling. It's a great project for
those of us who live in Ann Arbor over
Anyone interested can visit the web-
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