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From the classroom to the silver screen

Grad lives out his dreams through the stories he creates
Nathan Hartman describes advantages of studying film at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“With a great level of openness, the film department allowed me to push myself creatively in the path I wanted to go, and, because of this, I was able to grow into the talents that I now thrive in, primarily writing for film.”

He’s a writer, filmmaker and broadcaster. He’s covered all sorts of platforms from movies to television, and has long since been recognized for his talents.

Nathan Hartman left Huntington University in 2010 with film studies and broadcasting degrees in hand — as well as a wealth of experience.

While at HU, he wrote and produced the feature-length film, “Nero Bloom: Private Eye,” a story of a detective traveling the “labyrinth” of clues to discover the truth behind a gambler’s death. The film premiered at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., and had a two-month run on the big screen, garnering awards along the way including “Best Student Feature” at the Cinema City Film Festival in Los Angeles and the “Chris Award” at the Columbus International Film Festival.

When he wasn’t producing films or writing screenplays, he acted as production manager for the campus radio station, 105.5 FUSE FM, and wrote for the campus newspaper, The Huntingtonian, and The Berne Tri-Weekly News.

“With a great level of openness, the film department allowed me to push myself creatively in the path I wanted to go, and, because of this, I was able to grow into the talents that I now thrive in, primarily writing for film,” Hartman said.

Today, Hartman is still writing and creating screenplays, including “Niña Del Tango,” which began filming in the summer of 2011 in Los Angeles. This $20,000-budget short — a follow up to “After Hours” which is another short film about dancing — is a bilingual telling of the celebration of the passions and ethnicity of tango. He is also writing a stage play and TV pilot while acting as an adjunct professor at Huntington in the film department.

“What I love about screenwriting and writing in general, for that matter, is that it gives me an opportunity to entertain a mass audience,” he said. “Whether through a white-knuckle thriller, a tear jerker romance or a knee-slapper comedy, I am able to give people a time where they can block out their problems and get wrapped up in a different world or life, which hopefully tells them some truth about their own.”

Hartman hopes to continue his work and expand upon it to fuller and greater projects in the future.

“Honestly, I feel like I'm, in some ways, accomplishing my dreams. I love teaching film and writing screenplays, which are being produced and filmed,” he said, “and I hope that these things can only amplify in the future, allowing me to write for film, TV, theatre and even comics.”

To learn more about Nathan and his projects, check out his website at www.nathanhartman.com. 

 

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