Carmen Marron (COM ’94)

October 13, 2010

Carmen Marron (COM '94) on the set of her film "Go For It"

Carmen Marron (COM ’94) believes that nothing should stand in the way of going for your dreams. “If you believe it and you take that step, you will get there,” she says. That’s the message she wants others to take from her journey—and success—as an independent filmmaker.

Marron’s dream was to create a movie that would give urban kids positive role models. “Go For It!,” the inspirational dance movie she wrote, directed and produced, has been selected for eight film festivals so far and may even gain national release.

“Go For It!”, which was set and filmed in Chicago, came back to Marron’s hometown for the Chicago International Film Festival. The film premiered Oct. 9 and will finish its run with screenings Oct. 14 and 16. Tickets are available online on the Chicago Film Festival’s website or at the Festival Theater Box Office, located at 322 E Illinois St. in Chicago. On Oct. 15, Marron will participate in the “Triple Threat” panel, moderated by screenwriter, director and DePaul University film professor Dan Klein.

Marron shaped nearly every aspect of “Go For It!” Because she had no big-name Los Angeles financier for the project, Marron and her husband saved for more than five years to do it themselves. She taught herself how to cast, direct and produce. She even co-wrote a song for the original soundtrack.

The inspiration for “Go For It!” came while Marron was counseling at-risk Latino youth in Phoenix. She noticed that her students—particularly the girls—looked up to the “sexy blondes” they saw in television and movies. “These young girls had really nothing in common with whom they were watching,” Marron says. She wanted to create characters that resonated with her students, so she wrote a screenplay using her own background as a street dancer in Chicago.

This coming-of-age tale about a young woman has touched a wide audience. Marron says she has seen men cry at screenings and has had young girls and boys tell her “that they felt like I just made a movie about their life.” The movie has also received audience awards at three separate film festivals.

After “Go For It!” finishes the festival circuit this fall, Marron hopes to have a theatrical release by next spring. By then she also hopes to have another project started—possibly a movie musical, which she would also film in Chicago.

Marron says that after seven years of hard work, she couldn’t be happier with the movie’s success. “This is exactly what I hoped for, and that’s why I never gave up.”

For more about “Go For It!” visit the film’s Facebook page or goforitmovie.com.

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College of Communication launches Latino Media and Communication Program

October 10, 2010

This fall DePaul University’s College of Communication kicked off a new Latino media and communication academic program.

Jacqueline Taylor, dean of the College of Communication, says the new program includes partnerships with a number of Latin American universities and will offer an undergraduate minor as well as undergraduate and graduate concentrations. The minor program teaches students to think critically about all aspects of media and communication, with a particular focus on Latino media and communities, and how to create communication strategies that effectively reach the Latino population.

A number of special events have been planned as part of the program’s inaugural year. The first of these, a ribbon-cutting reception and exhibition of “Origins: A Photographic Journey to the Latino Roots” was held Sept. 30 during Hispanic Heritage month. The exhibit presented digital photography and essays related to Mexican culture and the cultural identity of Mexican immigrants in Chicago.

Cristina Benitez, director of the Latino media and communication program, remarks, “highlighting the photojournalism of DePaul and Universidad Panamericana students is the perfect way to kick off this important new initiative at DePaul. Latino media and cultural influences are expanding around the country. DePaul is leading the communication field’s response to this significant shift with this exciting curricular initiative.”

For more information, please visit the Latino Media and Communication Program online description.

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DePaul basketball welcomes new season

October 7, 2010

The DePaul Blue Demons welcome a new era of men’s and women’s basketball, thanks to the leadership and experience of men’s head coach Oliver Purnell and women’s head coach Doug Bruno.

The women, playing on campus at McGrath Arena in the Sullivan Athletic Center, open their season by hosting the opening round of the Preseason WNIT against Valparaiso on Nov. 12, and then host the Maggie Dixon Classic Nov. 26-27. The men open their season on campus against Chicago State on Nov. 14.

Coach Purnell builds contenders
Purnell, the 13th men’s basketball head coach in Blue Demons history, already has fulfilled his promise of bringing some of the NCAA’s top mentors to DePaul and is excited to debut his “power staff.” Joining Purnell are his longtime associate Ron Bradley, who recruited a class nationally ranked by sports websites ESPNU, Rivals.com and Scout.com; Brian Ellerbe, former head coach of the Michigan Wolverines; and assistant coach Billy Garrett, who brings with him a decade of experience at the collegiate, high school and AAU levels.

Doug Bruno continues legendary career
Bruno, whose DePaul career spans 24 years, brings an impressive record that includes 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Out of 24 men’s and women’s Division I basketball programs in Illinois, the DePaul women’s team was the only one good enough to compete in the NCAA Tournament last year. DePaul will honor Bruno on Nov. 6, 2010, by officially naming McGrath Arena court as the Doug Bruno Court.

Tickets
Single-game and season tickets are available for both the men’s and women’s teams. The DePaul Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the first floor lobby of the Sullivan Athletic Center at 2323 N. Sheffield Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call (773) 325-SLAM (7526).

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