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January 31, 2005



Swartzwelder teaches encore of his Advanced Film Directing Workshop


For the second consecutive year, writer-director-producer Rik Swartzwelder was invited by Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be a visiting professor for it's annual interim intensive. For three weeks in January, Swartzwelder again lead a small group of dedicated young filmmakers and actors through a series of in-class, hands-on exercises and location shoots. Focused primarily on developing effective communication skills between the director and his or her cast and crew, the workshop has quickly become a favorite class among film students at the liberal arts college. Swartzwelder has accepted another invitation by Calvin to repeat the course again in January 2006.


Calvin College is a highly-ranked liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more info, please visit www.calvin.edu.


A graduate of The Florida State University’s Graduate Motion Picture Conservatory, Rik Swartzwelder is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at over 120 film festivals, internationally, and garnered over 40 major awards—including the “Student Emmy” for his highly acclaimed master’s thesis film, “Paul McCall,” and the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival for his multiple award-winning 35mm short, “The Least of These.” Rik has also sold two feature scripts, one treatment, and is currently prepping to direct his first feature.