‘Bombshell’: Student film reaches audiences beyond campus
A short film featuring the work of several students and alumni is coming to the film festival.
From: Evelyn Carlin ’24
Wednesday 9 November 2022 11:24 am
What started as a CUE project for media and communication has grown into a film that has received recognition at several film festivals. “bomb‘, a short film produced by Maggie Mustion ’22, Arielle Weinberger ’22, and Mallory Goldsmith ’22, has had an impact beyond the borders of Mühlenberg.
Several Mühlenberg alumni and current students were involved in the project. Larissa Dowling ’22 and Evelyn Karlin ’24 star in the movie. duty worked behind the camera as co-producer, writer and director; Weinberger is co-producer and editor; goldsmith is a co-producer, assistant director and production designer. Rosy Vinod ’25 is the script supervisor; Oliver Warte ’22 is the music composer; and Sasson Lonner ’22 is cameraman. Gretchen D’Amato ’23 worked on the sound for the film, and D’Amato, Maddie Whiting ’22 and Becca McCord ’22 all worked as cameramen.
“Bomb” follows Erin (Dowling), a shy middle schooler who constantly compares herself to her older sister, Maya (Carlin).
“In Erin’s eyes, Maya has everything,” says Mustion. “She’s the perfect girl, everything Erin isn’t. However, one night Erin learns that Maya may not be as perfect as she thinks.”
Filming and production took place in autumn 2021. Despite some trial and error, Goldsmith says, she developed a newfound passion for the film — as well as new relationships with members of the cast and crew that made the process worthwhile.
“Producing Bombshell made me fall in love with the filmmaking process,” she says. “But it was very stressful most of the time and required all of us to constantly think on our tiptoes and be extremely flexible – things rarely go as planned on set. I think the bonds I forged on set with other members of the cast and crew are unlike any other relationships I’ve had.”
Cut to a year later. The film was selected by several film festivals including the Orlando International Film Festival, Newark Short Film Awards, Hollywood Florida Film Festival, Student World Impact Film Festival (SWIFF) and Lauderdale International Film Festival.
“We were nominated for an award at SWIFF,” says Weinberger. “We’ll find out whether we won at the festival on November 13!”
Now that filming is complete, the three co-producers have some new and exciting projects up their sleeves. Goldsmith is currently working as a substitute teacher while she builds her film portfolio hoping to get a foot in the door in commercial and advertising production. Weinberger is the social media manager for an entertainment company in South Florida while also serving as the PR manager for a short horror film currently in production in Orlando. Mustion is looking forward to several new film projects with some other friends from the film industry.
Mustion says she’s looking forward to showing “Bombshell” to the people – but that will have to wait until after the festival screenings. She says they will know Mosoon on a possible release date for the film, as well as additional film festival selections.
About the Theater and Dance Department of Muhlenberg College
Mühlenberg offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and dance. The Princeton Review ranked Muhlenberg’s theater program in the top 12 in the nation for eight consecutive years, and Fiske Guide to Colleges lists both the theater and dance programs among the top small college programs in the United States. Muhlenberg is one of only eight colleges listed in Fiske for both theater and dance.
About Muhlenberg College
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to educating creative, compassionate and collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, science and social sciences. selected pre-professional programs including accounting, business, education and public health; and advanced job-oriented post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles west of New York City, Muhlenberg is a member of the Centennial Conference, which competes in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.