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Students are accustomed to seeing movies at Cinefest. Now, they can see live musical acts grace its stage. The theater has renovated accommodate the recording of live music performances, including a monitoring setup in the projection area and additional soundproofing throughout the venue.

It was a summer long process of various Student Center staff working in conjunction with a local sound design company to make it happen. In 2016, students can expect to see bands of multiple genres gracing the Cinefest stage, for the recordings to be played on Album 88 and for video to be uploaded to the GSTV website.

~ Boyd Beckwith, Student Center Director

The enhancements to Cinefest will help support the Division of Student Affairs’ Strategic Plan by creating and delivering innovative student experiences that promote education and success.

The three-piece power-rock band Ricer took to the stage on November 17, 2015 to play for over 50 students in the first of what Album 88 is calling 88 Sessions. These concerts will provide content for Album 88 and GSTV while also providing experiential learning skills of staging, producing and recording a live event for students hoping to work in the industry.

The first event was a great step forward, seeing multiple facets of Georgia State media come together and produce a successful show.

~ Joey Redman, GSTV General Manager
These concerts are an effort to increase the use of Cinefest. For example, Spotlight used the space for video game tournaments, game shows and other student focused programming. It is also available for rental to chartered student organizations and university departments (e.g., a Ted Talk sponsored by Leadership Development was held in April 2015). There are also plans for the undergraduate literary journal Underground to stage an event there in the spring of 2016.

Bryce McNeil, Assistant Director for Student Media, also believes the initiative will lead to increased collaboration between the Student Media groups which consist of Album 88, GSTV, Underground, New South (graduate literary journal), The Signal (newspaper) and the new Digital Media group.

In addition to making Cinefest capable of staging more elaborate audio and video production, this venue will allow for Student Media groups to collaborate on a variety of initiatives, such as literary readings, Student Government debates and roundtable events. It’s not just the benefit of providing content, but providing learning opportunities.

~ Bryce McNeil, Assistant Director of Student Media

Album 88 runs 24/7 on WRAS-HD2 and online at the recently redesigned website. It also broadcasts nightly on WRAS-FM. GSTV uploads video content to its website.