Student Films

This year’s Cinema Columbus Film Festival will feature several films by alumni of The Ohio State University’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts!

Dominique (Nikki) Martinez and Zane Abraham (both BA Film Studies, 2019) will premiere their feature documentary entitled Duranguito at the Drexel Theatre on April 27 at 4:00 pm.
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Duranguito focuses on resistance to corruption in the city of El Paso, Texas. In 2012, city officials and wealthy developers conspired to divert over $473 million dollars from a “quality of life” bond project to fund the construction of a sports facility for G League basketball in downtown El Paso’s oldest neighborhood. The neighborhood’s elderly residents, led by the 94-year-old resident Antonia Morales, have combatted attempts at forced displacement and the complete destruction of their historic border community. With a looming court decision holding the future of the barrio hostage, the fight to save Duranguito is far from over.


Déja Russell (BA in Moving-Image Production and Film Studies, 2022) in Finding Eclosion, her senior project film. It will be playing at the Drexel Theatre on April 27 as part of the “Local Shorts” block, beginning at 7:00 pm. The screening will be accompanied by a post-show Q&A. Click here for tickets!

Finding Eclosion (14 min) tells the story of Vanesia Simmons, a young Black woman who finds herself trapped in a mysterious space when her apartment hunting doesn’t go as planned. To escape, she must find the key to “Eclosion,” a magical garden that will send her home. When finding the key doesn’t prove as easily as thought, she is forced to address the monsters inside.