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Check out the show opener video for the 2014 Arts and Media Festival called Food For Thought. In this film, the Food Network holds a 100 million dollar cooking competition at MxCC. The competition brings out the best and worst in MxCC’s faculty, staff and students.

This parody of the Food Network’s show Chopped ended the hiatus we’ve been on. It’s been five years since we’ve done an end of the year video, but since this was the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Media Festival, we decided to pull out all the stops and do something Rick Ericksen and I envisioned years ago: Taste-O-Vision. Thanks to the Elena Sanchez and Rose Picarelli, a script was created and production began. Thanks to everyone else in the department pitching in! After a couple of really late nights of editing, we were able to pull this one off in a few weeks.

This is the first “End of the Year Video” to shoot most of the scenes “television style”, using up to three cameras at the same time. President Anna Wasescha makes her debut in this video.

There’s a short introduction at the beginning that explains how Taste-O-Vision works. At the Arts and Media Festival, we actually handed out 100 “Flavor Trays” to the audience. However, if you want to experience this film in Taste-O-Vision you’ll just need seven Jelly Belly (jelly beans) with the following flavors in this order:

1. Tangerine
2. Root beer
3. Strawberry Daiquiri
4. Green Apple
5. Buttered Popcorn
6. Cinnamon
7. Dr. Pepper

–Dan Nocera

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Dan Nocera is the coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center. He also teaches production classes throughout the school year. For more than 15 years, MxCC’s Corporate Media Center (CMC) has been producing award-winning corporate videos. The CMC’s productions have won over 17 awards and 10 national awards for clients such as CT’s Department of Environmental Protection, CTDepartment of Labor, Unilever, Stanley Tools, United Technologies, Hamilton Sundstrand & Sikorsky Aircraft.

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Arts & Media Festival Recap

Last Friday, the Center for New Media hosted the 10th annual Arts and Media Festival. The festival is a showcase of the best student work from the past year in arts and media, primarily from the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Broadcast-Cinema, and Information Systems programs. The faculty teaching the various courses chose the best works from among the students. Most works will remain on display here throughout the summer.

This year, we had around 200 people that came to see the best student work of the academic year. Artwork including drawings, paintings, and ceramics were on display through the library, the Pegasus Gallery, and the Niche in Founders. In the library periodicals room, students read their poetry and students from the Plays in Production class performed scenes from Tartuffe.

iMacs placed around the library held slideshows of digital work created by students in the Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Digital Illustration, Digital Page Design, Digital Imaging, Introduction to Digital Arts, and Graphic Design classes. Rows of computers were set up with work created by Web Design and Information Systems students.

After guests had time to mingle and eat delicious food catered by John’s Cafe in Middletown, everyone went upstairs to the multipurpose room to see the media production screenings. These projects featured a wide variety of styles, including narrative films, documentaries, animations, news and information pieces, and experimental works among others.

This year’s show opening film was produced by students, faculty, and staff from the broadcast-cinema department. The video featured a new, experimental format called Taste-o-Vision. Viewers ate flavored jelly beans corresponding to what the people in the film were eating. The film was a huge hit! A link to the video will be shared shortly.

The Center for New Media

The students, faculty and staff of the Center for New Media at Middlesex Community College have started production on a new end of the year video to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Media Festival.  It will be filmed in a groundbreaking new experiential format called “Taste-O-Vision.” Please come on Friday, May 23 at 6pm in Chapman Hall to experience “Taste-O-Vision” yourself!

Enjoy this selfie taken during filming. It just may be better than the #oscarselfie!

Video and Film

You’re invited to the 2014 Arts & Media Festival! The Festival will be held on Friday, May 23 at 6pm and is a celebration of the best work created by MxCC students. The best graphics, photography, videos, art, and design will be on display. Join us for an evening of arts, media, music, performances, food and fun. This year is extra special because it’s the 10th anniversary of the event! Sponsored by the MxCC Center for New Media. Free and open to the public.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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