SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The pioneering documentary double premiere “Comm Studies ¿Qué es Esto?” showcased three years of dedication and hard work from communications professors Roberto S. Oregel and Dr. Jess Nerren, to 153 enthusiastic viewers at California State University, San Bernardino on April 13-16, 2022. [Event photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zZsMhiaazsEjAsTEEaQHOILOvoiJlwr1?usp=sharing]
Director/Producer/Professor Roberto S. Oregel and Executive Producer/Speaker Dr. Jessica Nerren made this film at the request of recent students and alumni who shared their struggles explaining their major to fill a need hitherto dissatisfied with the first-generation students. who make up 81% of the university’s population.
Created at the request of students, the first premiere had something for everyone, from a mother’s experience with her son who majored in communications, to former students sharing their lived experiences.
According to Oregel, “When I joined CSUSB, I learned through conversations with students that they wanted to involve their families more.”
A round table followed the two screenings. On April 13, the six panelists included Vice President of California State University, San Bernardino, Dr. Robert Nava, Communication Studies Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, Dr. Conlisk Gallegos and Dr. Larry Hygh, as well as the former student and associate producer Angel Martinez Morales and his mother Maria de Los Angeles Morales Aguilar. Saturday’s panel included Professor Oregel, Dr. Nerren, alumni Floroliva Alvarez and Angel Martinez Morales, both of whom are also associate producers.
Alumni panelist and associate producer Martinez Morales said, “I was happy and honored to be a part of this film from the start because it’s special and important. I believe in what this conversation can do with and for the communities of which I am a part.”
The screening events were free for Zoom and in-person attendees, had a hosted reception, and were translated into two languages. Each day there was a brainstorming session with panelists and attendees on ways to continue the conversation and include families even more in the future.
This film was supported by Adobe, the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the CSUSB Office of Community Engagement, and the CSUSB Communication Studies Department.
This press release was written by the undergraduate students of Comm. 3402 Public relations writing.
About the movie: “Comm Studies ¿Qué es Esto?” explores questions families have about the communication studies major in a bilingual film format with dialogue and subtitles in Spanish and English.
About director/producer Oregel: Roberto S. Oregel is an independent filmmaker who has been writing, directing and producing documentary films for 18 years. His works represent a variety of film genres, including experimental, narrative and documentary, and deal with a range of topics, from the creative process to issues that affect underrepresented communities. https://www.csusb.edu/profile/roberto.oregel
About Executive Producer Nerren: Dr. Jess Block Nerren has over 19 years of experience as president of her own public relations firm. In 2021, she successfully defended her thesis on inclusion, public relations and teacher training in 2021 at CSUSB where she also teaches full-time. https://www.csusb.edu/profile/jessica.nerren
Media contact: Jess Block Nerren – [email protected] – 909-706-8525