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On March 14, filmmakers and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students Mark Mazur, 22, Green Bay, and Trent Hilborn, 22, St. Paul, MN, announced that their next short film, CYCLE, will premiere on April 7, 2011 at Reeve Memorial Union Theatre on the UW Oshkosh campus.

CYCLE tells the story of a scientist, named Kuruk, trapped in perpetual grief and the sublevel of a science facility forced to the edge by his eternal need for redemption. Abandoning moral uncertainty, the scientist attempts to be the first to create life without reproduction.

Regarding the inspiration for the film, Hilborn states, “We really felt inspired to try and push ourselves to create something ambitious and unique. Something that would require a wealth of generous and talented people to pull off. We found those people locally, and because of it we cannot wait to share our film and more importantly, the story.”

Through viewing this film, members of the Fox Valley community will experience the product of the unique Radio, TV, and Film program at UW Oshkosh. A short Q&A session with the cast and crew will follow the show. The event is a free and open to the public.

CYCLE is the third short film from Mazur and Hilborn who have been bringing strong recognition to the UW Oshkosh campus by screening their films all over the country and internationally. Recently, the pair has been asked to help lead workshops on short film production and screenwriting and have been recognized in various forums. The duo looks to bring the film to festivals across the world beginning this summer.

A2F Pictures, a production company of short films shot in Oshkosh, Wis., was founded in 2009 by Hilborn and Mazur. Their most recent release, SURFACE, won “Best Student Film: Gold Level,” at the Oregon Film Awards. SURFACE was also featured as an Official Selection of nine other film festivals to date. This includes being personally selected by Oscar Winning Director Michael Moore for the “2010 Traverse City Film Festival.”

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Robert Rodriquez, A2F Pictures marketing advisor and UWO student, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.