Chatham News

Chatham University to present free public screening of film by David Safin as part the
Best of the MFA Series

Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and Master of Fine Arts
in Film and Digital Technology program host the event

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University will present a free public screening of “The Birthday Present” by local filmmaker David Safin, MFAFDT ’13, at 7 p.m. on September 19 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.

In the short film, Scott Frobel (Safin) is quite baffled by the odd birthday present given to him by his pregnant sister-in-law, Erica (Natalie Baverso). He does what he thinks anyone else would do in his situation: he gives it away. When his brother, Doug Jr. (Ryan Koenig) discovers his disdain for the gift, a chain of events is set in motion lands Erica in bed with temporary amnesia.



David Safin is the director of multimedia and a lecturer in communication at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Recently, he received a bronze Telly Award in the category of History for his work on the documentary “Fire and Ice: The Saint Vincent Fire of 1963.” He has also produced several independent, low-budget movies and video shorts throughout the past 10 years. The Accolade Competition honored Safin’s projects “Singularities” (2006) and “The Comic Life of Calvin Tinker” (2007) with Awards of Excellence in the humor category. Safin also coproduced and directed a Web series entitled “The Mystery Wranglers” (2008), which was honored by the international Videographer Awards with an Award of Excellence in the category entertainment/videos for the web, and an episode of “The Mystery Wranglers” won the “5-minute Movie House,” sponsored by Indy Mogul.

Safin has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Saint Vincent, a master’s degree in multimedia technology from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in film and digital technology at Chatham University.

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.

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