NMU Alumnus Screens Short Films in Marquette

Northern Michigan University alumnus, filmmaker and author Jeff Vande Zande will hold a screening of his short films at the Peter White Public Library. The event is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the library's Community Room. It is free and open to the public. 

Vande Zande is a Marquette native, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a bachelor's in English. His Master of Arts focused on literature at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to making short films, Vande Zande teaches screenwriting and cinematography in the digital film program at Delta College.

Vande Zande's award-winning cinematic works have been selected over 200 times to screen at national and international film festivals. Recent films Vande Zande produced are “SMRT Services” in 2023, appearing in the Sault Ste. Marie Film Festival and Detroit's Festival of Darkness. His micro-short comedy “Bernie Bros Pizza Inc.” won the May 2022 Berlin Flash Film Festival and the Best Mini-Micro for The Spark Micro-Short Film Fest.

His latest fiction includes a 2020 short story collection, The Neighborhood Division. Also, his dystopian-like novel, Rules of Order, was published by Montag Press last year. It follows community activist Harvey Crowe, who lives in what could be the last remaining high-rise building in a wrecked city. Cracks are appearing in ground-floor apartments, threatening the structural integrity of the building. He creates alliances with tenants and the Anti-Collapse Trust to devise a desperate plan to save the city's last habitable space.

For more information on the screening, contact Marty Achatz at 226-4322 or machatz@pwpl.info.

Prepared By

Julia Seitz
Student Writer

Categories: Alumni, Arts and Culture