What started as a fun project to get some laughs on campus has turned into a film that has earned a much larger audience as Loras College the Musical: Where are They Now? has been selected as one of the films to be screened at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.
Kyle (’04) and Stephaine (Graber) Klapatauskas (’05) and Trent Hanselmann (’18) collaborated to create the mockumentary film about the aftermath of the College’s faculty and staff play, Loras College the Musical from 2019. The three alumni wrote and filmed the project showed it at the faculty and staff meeting to kick-off the 2021-22 academic year.
“The idea came out of a Zoom meeting about whether we could do a new play during the pandemic,” Kyle explained. “We couldn’t get together on the stage so we went with this route. We just wanted people to have fun.”
For Trent, the entire experience started with a simple request to assist with the project and went much farther than he expected.
“I didn’t really grasp Kyle’s vision until the first day of filming was complete and we were reviewing the footage. At that point, I understood where he wanted to take it and knew it was going to be hilarious,” he said.
After being encouraged to submit the film to the festival, Kyle received notification at the end of February that it was selected to exhibit.
“It is great that we are able to celebrate Loras and the cast in this way. We just wanted to make people laugh and have fun. It turned into a great community builder,” he said.
Both men cite the effort the cast put forth to make the entire story come together.
“They gave 100 percent even when they didn’t know what the final story would be. They put their trust in us to make it all work,” Trent said.
Having a film screened at any festival is a new experience for all three.
“It is a good feeling that what we are doing is being recognized. We wanted to make people laugh and this shows that we can.”
Loras College the Musical: Where Are They Now? will be screened twice during the film festival as part of a four-film block: Friday, April 22 at 4:30 pm at the Holiday Inn and Sunday, April 24 at 1 pm at the Five Flags Center Orpheum Room.