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Students’ film to screen at Qhia Dab Neeg festival in St. Paul

May 13, 2013

A short film by two University of Wisconsin-Stout students has been accepted by the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival.

Members of Sandal Productions are, from left, Xai Lao, Kalvin Yang, Nou Chee Her, Yeng Lee and Sue Her.“Ntxhov,” which means “disturbed” in English, will be shown at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, in St. Paul at Metropolitan State University auditorium.

The festival, May 16-18, is especially for Hmong filmmakers. It is sponsored by Metropolitan State and by In Progress, a nonprofit media arts organization from St. Paul.

“Ntxhov” was written and produced by Nou Chee Her, of Weston, and Xai Lao, of Schofield. They graduated Friday, May 10, from UW-Stout with master’s degrees in information and communication technologies. They previously earned bachelor’s degrees from UW-Stout, in multimedia design.

The 26-minute paranormal film is about Xeng, played by UW-Stout student Sheenab Her of Wausau, who is falling behind academically in college because of nightmares and sleep paralysis.

“Ntxhov”Xeng’s professor, Dr. Anderson, played by UW-Stout Assistant Professor Mitch Ogden, gives Xeng extra time to catch up on his assignments. Xeng, however, first must overcome his mysterious personal problem before he can move on.

“Ntxhov,” in Hmong with English subtitles, began as a project for the Digital Cinema Studio course taught by Assistant Professor Kevin Pontuti from UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design.

“It’s a tribute to the film that the first festival they submitted to picked it,” Pontuti said. “I’m very proud of them and what they’ve done with the film. They are very talented filmmakers with original artistic voices that are continuing to develop with each film they make.”

Her and Lao are part of Sandal Productions with other UW-Stout students and former students Kalvin Yang, of Wausau; Yeng Lee, of Wausau; and Sue Her, of Schofield. The group formed the video production company about six years ago.

To see a trailer for the film click here.

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