WHITE HOUSE FILM FESTIVAL: “The Secret to Living,” a film by NOCCA students, won an honorable mention in the White House Film Festival. NOCCA media arts student Trad Willmann was director and writer, Richard White was director of photography and NOCCA drama student Jasper Herrington composed the original score for the film.

Addressing the theme of “the impact of giving back,” the film tells the story of a girl who represents giving back through reforestation and a writer who represents giving back to humanity through his novels. The film has been officially selected into four other film festivals besides the White House Film Festival.

The White House Film Festival competition is open to any K-12 student and received more than 1,5000 entries. The competition aims to highlight the power of technology in education.

NOCCA Media Arts Department offers technical and conceptual training in audio, film, and video recording and production. For information, visit www.NOCCA.com.

UNO DIGITAL MEDIA LAB: A $110,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents will allow the University of New Orleans to create an interdisciplinary digital media laboratory. The project is a collaboration of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Film and Theatre, and the Earl K. Long Library, which will house the new lab.

The grant will fund approximately 10 high-performance computers, a 3-D printer and motion capture equipment. Each workstation will come equipped with industry-standard software for 3-D modeling, photo and video editing, and game development.

“New Orleans already has a strong film industry and is quickly expanding its digital media portfolio to include gaming, digital design and other positions that require both scientific and artistic expertise,” said Stephen G. Ware, assistant professor of computer science and the grant’s principal investigator. “This lab will provide some much-needed infrastructure for our students and give them a chance to collaborate on projects in a shared space.”

The lab is expected to be ready for students to use during the fall 2015 semester.