Salem State Student Filmmakers are Hollywood Bound

Kevin Murphy Walunas, left, and Jesse O. Henderson, right

Salem State University’s CampusMovieFest winners Kevin Murphy Walunas (producer, writer) and South Hamilton’s Jesse O. Henderson (director) will represent Salem State at Campusmoviefest’s International Grand Finale, the world’s largest student film festival, June 23-26. Their film, No More Fallen Heroes, is nominated for national recognition at a red carpet event with student filmmakers from across the country and will be screened with student films from across the globe. Walunas, Henderson and cast and crew will also spend the week attending workshops with film industry professionals.   

Created in one week with imovie and finalcut software and one handheld camera, the five minute film No More Fallen Heroes, highlights ayoung soldier who tries to readjust to life at home with symptoms of PTSD. The film is also nominated for AT&T’s international competition, ReThink Possible, and won Salem State’s campus awards for Cinematography, Best Picture and Most Popular. Walunas and Henderson, both art+design majors, earned a Summer Artistic Development Grant from Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts to attend the Los Angeles film workshops sponsored by Campusmoviefest.

Image: Kevin Murphy Walunas, left, and Jesse O. Henderson, right

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Kathleen McDonald