Lake Forest College alumnus writes and directs feature-length film before graduating


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of professionals in the motion picture industry is projected to increase by 14 percent over the next several years. In an effort to prepare more adults for careers in this field, schools such as Lake Forest College offer film programs for students in all majors.

For example, Matthew Helderman, who earned a degree in philosophy from the university, studied film while he attended the school. As a result, the student was able to write and direct a feature-length motion picture before he graduated. His movie, The Alumni Chapter, was released at the Portage Theater in Chicago.

Helderman wrote the film - which is about friends who grow apart after graduation - while he was a junior in college.

"Moving on is a much harder thing to do than moving forward, and this is the core of their struggle," Helderman told the school. "I was 21 when I wrote this film and was overcome with the fear of what I was going to do with my life after graduation."

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