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Chatham University to present The Best of the MFA Series with free public screening of a film by Chris Nicholson

Event is hosted by Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program

PITTSBURGH (March 26, 2013) … Chatham University will present a free public screening of “Haunted States of America” by local filmmaker Chris Nicholson, MFA ’12, at 7 p.m. on April 11 in the Eddy Theater. The screening is part of The Best of the MFA Series, hosted by the Graduate Film Society and the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program; the series aims to share the power of cinema with the community. A Q&A session with the Pittsburgh Paranormal Society will follow the screening.

Nicholson is an award-winning filmmaker with an MFA in Film from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He is an independent filmmaker, video production specialist in the Pittsburgh adverting industry, and a video production instructor at Robert Morris University. Nicholson’s upcoming projects include writing, producing, and directing the short romantic comedy “Speed Dating,” and handling directorial duties for a horror feature film this fall.

Nicholson has won the Pittsburgh Film Workers Association Creech Award for best short film in 2010 for his multiple festival-winning film “Jack Ale Lantern” and was also finalist in 2011 for “Fortune Cookie.” He was awarded a Telly Award in 2009 for the short documentary “Ben Geyer’s Geo Bee Challenge.” Nicholson’s films “Bray Road” and “A Creeping Fear” have been screened at national film festivals with “A Creeping Fear” named a finalist for the best short film at this past year’s Midnight Black International Festival of Darkness in Los Angeles. His commercial work includes TV & web commercials, viral videos, corporate videos, and a featured documentary “Sean Jones Artist of the Year Tribute” for the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative and the August Wilson Center Theatre in Pittsburgh. For more information about the screening, contact Summer Marsh at

About Chatham University’s MFA in Film and Digital Technology program
The MFA in Film and Digital Technology program is focused on advanced project work in a range of media production areas, principally film/video, DVD and the Web. It is designed to extend and develop students’ experience and knowledge in the field of media production and their understanding of creative and critical practice within the media industries. Students in this MFA graduate program are encouraged to explore the ways boundaries between previously separate forms of media production are blurring. Students will focus on developing their understanding of how emerging concepts such as interactivity, connectivity and convergence of emerging technologies such as DVD and interactive video are creating new creative possibilities, production processes and delivery systems for more traditional forms of media production, such as film and video.

About Chatham’s Graduate Film Society
Chatham’s Graduate Film Society is a student-led organization that encourages people who are passionate about film and cinema to watch, discuss, and enjoy movies with fellow film lovers.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today. For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit