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Faculty Member Jeff Stern’s Short Film on Fatherhood Accepted to Independent Film Festival Boston


Faculty Member Jeff Stern’s Short Film on Fatherhood Accepted to Independent Film Festival Boston



A film about fatherhood written, directed and co-produced and edited by Jeff Stern, lecturer in English and media studies, was accepted to the Independent Film Festival Boston. Starring Stern and his son Leo, The Morning of Everything is a lyrical short film in which a father envisions the world through the eyes of his three year-old son — an extremely personal expression of Stern’s experiences as a father over the past four years.

“I was rediscovering the world through him,” Stern says of parenting his son. “I realized that the world that a small child sees is raw, bright, loud, dangerous, and delicious … from the moment he is born, a baby will dedicate himself to the massive task of making sense of the world. I was humbled by my son’s unwavering commitment to this task. And at several points I mused: What is my drive compared to his? What is my ambition, my hunger for truth, my willingness to fail until I get it right compared to his?”

The Morning of Everything is a meditation on growing up, being young, pushing things too far and pulling them close again. As the boy traverses strangely beautiful and increasingly dangerous lands in search of his lost owl, the father drifts deep into a fever dream, confusing his identity with the boy’s, the owl’s, and his own younger self.

Stern, who teaches filmmaking at Bentley and is production manager of the Media and Culture Labs and Studio, recruited Bentley graduates to his film crew: Ali Kane ’13, Brandon Muir ’13 and Christine Varriale ’11 were production assistants. The Morning of Everything was shot over seven days in Plymouth, Cambridge, Somerville and Waltham, Massachusetts. The film features original music by Alison Plante, who teaches film scoring at the Berklee College of Music.

Stern considers his work as an independent filmmaker relevant to what he does at Bentley.

“It allows me to practice what I teach, keeping me current on industry trends and exercising the same muscles I ask my students to use when they are making movies in my classroom.”

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

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