‘NESN Next Producer’ Shines Spotlight On Trinity Student Filmmakers

Students Eligible For Shot at $20,000 Prize and NESN Job Opportunity

A NESN crew interviews Peter Jung '17
and Daming Xing '18 at Cinestudio
Hartford, CT, February 2, 2017 – A short film by Trinity College students Peter Jung ’17 and Daming Xing ’18 has been selected by New England Sports Network’s NESN Next Producer to be featured in the second season of the television series promoting itself as “part Shark Tank, part America’s Got Talent” for college filmmakers. A total of 25 entrants from across New England participated in an initial round of competition and Trinity’s team is one of 12 whose films were selected to be showcased on air. The Top 12 teams could have a shot at a $20,000 prize and a job opportunity at NESN.

Jung and Xing’s film, Pickup, can be viewed on the NESN website here and includes a brief introduction by the student filmmakers. Viewers are encouraged to vote online for their favorite film; NESN will award the winner of the fan favorite vote a $1,000 cash prize.

Pickup is a music video-style film featuring a pick-up basketball game in Trinity’s Oosting Gymnasium. Jung said the film is, in part, “about the power of sports to bring people of different backgrounds together.” Trinity student actors featured in Pickup are Yichen Li ’18, James Nash ’19, Olivia Wang ’19, Adam Woo ’18, and Vicci Zhang ’18.

The on-air broadcast of NESN Next Producer launches throughout New England on Saturday, February 4, and each of the first six episodes will feature two student-produced films and backstories on the filmmakers. Episode six on Saturday, March 11, at 4:00 p.m., will showcase Jung and Xing’s film, along with an interview of the two students that was filmed at Trinity by a NESN crew in January.

 Jung, a computer science major who hails from Seattle, Washington, and Xing, an engineering major from Beijing, China, decided to make their film to enter in the competition after a NESN representative visited campus to encourage students in Trinity’s Interdisciplinary Program in Film Studies  to participate. This is the second film on which Jung and Xing have collaborated; their first, Bitter Pill, was selected for the 2016 Trinity Film Festival held last May at Cinestudio on Trinity’s campus.

NESN Next Producer judges are two Hollywood producers: television Hall of Famer and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and television co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk (Glee and American Horror Story). For the series finale on Saturday, March 25, Werner and Falchuk will select three finalists. Each of the finalists will meet with Red Sox marketing executives and will be assigned to produce a short Red Sox vignette. The finalist with the best student film and Red Sox vignette will win $20,000 and a job opportunity at NESN.

Besides Trinity, New England schools whose student films are in the running as Top 12 contestants are Boston University (2 films), Central Connecticut State University, Emerson College, Fitchburg State University, Quinnipiac University (2 films), Sacred Heart University, Suffolk University, and Wellesley College.

For more information about Trinity’s Interdisciplinary Program in Film Studies, click here.

Written by Kathy Andrews