Project Bluelight


Project Bluelight is a professional motion picture production company within the DePaul Digital Cinema program where students can get hands-on experience in motion picture production.
Project Bluelight was founded in 2004 by faculty members Matt Irvine and Gary Novak as a professional, educational, and community outreach program with a dual goal of creating high-quality independent films and providing an intensive, practical, film production experience for DePaul students.

Previous Projects


Nostalgic (2014)

Director: Ron Ethanal

Nostalgic follows the story of an aging scientist who must choose between: a trial drug that will help him hold on to his memories, but lock him in his past; or a future with his son and granddaughter, but doomed to dementia.


Speed Dating (2014)

Director: Meghann Artes

Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder if being single is not so bad after all.

For the Records

For the Records (2014): An Interactive Documentary on Young Adults and Mental Illness

Director: Anuradha Rana and Doris C. Rusch

A multidisciplinary effort bringing together DePaul's cinema and game development program as well as the School of Nursing, For the Records is an interactive documentary on young adults who live with the mental health issues Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Bi-polar Disorder, Eating Disorder (Anorexia Nervosa) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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The Procedure

The Procedure (2014)

Director: Jonah Zeiger

Harry Scribner is a frustrated writer who finds himself caught between fictional worlds of his own making. While trying to write his action hero characters out of a maze-like complex, he is suddenly arrested by two detectives who confiscate his writings and charge him with fraud. As the line between fiction and reality becomes harder to discern, Harry's characters become his only guide through the dangerous territory of the imagination.


Stateless (2013)

Director: Scott Erlinder

In June of 2013, the UNHCR along with many countries in Africa have decided that the 18 years refuge they have offered the Rwandan refugees since the Genocide is going to stop and the refugees must go home — this means over 250,000 people forced to move. The refugees have well founded fears that they will be persecuted, jailed or even killed by the regime now running the country. Their fears a well founded.


Fatal Vittles (2012)

Director: Devin Bell

A dark and whimsical alphabet piece about 26 things to never eat.


Make It a Great Day (2012)

Director: Joshua Jones

Mother Nature's peculiar sense of irony creates a convoluted path of survival for a newborn chick with unfortunate timing.


Flat Chested (2012)

Director: Kristyn Benedyk

Amanda, after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, has a specific plan to say goodbye to her breasts the weekend before her preventive double mastectomy, but her sister comes to town with a list of her own ideas for the weekend.


Zombie Yoga (2011-2012)

Lead Design: Doris C. Rusch

"Zombie Yoga" is a third-person, single player Kinect game for emotional empowerment. Equipped with a lightball (an external manifestation of one's inner light), the player enters a metaphorical gamespace — the mind of burnt-out dancer, Aya — and embarks on a journey into the soul, to heal and liberate Aya's inner child.


Turbulent Visions (2010)

Director: Lisa Barcy

A short animated journey from chaos to tranquility as seen through an airplane window. This was a group project, and was conceived and animated by DePaul students as an 'exquisite corpse. Materials include found and mashed-up images, sand, After Effects, and piles and piles of X-Acto blades.


Scott's Dead (2010)

Director: Matt Irvine

Estranged brothers from a dysfunctional family are forced to reunite in Scott's Dead, a gritty tales of abduction, betrayal, and metamorphosis.


In Love with a Nun (2009)

Director: Ron Eltanal

When Rob's girlfriend Jill breaks up with him because she has decided to become a nun. Rob coincidentally starts having seizures whenever he starts to sing. That's a problem for a high school student who wants to be a rock star one day. Rob decides to win Jill back at the school talent show, but must square off against his biggest opponent: Jesus.


Last Call (2006)

Director: Matt Irvine

Martin Donaldson, an isolated, middle-aged number cruncher, faces the man he has become when he returns to settle his late father's affairs in the small Illinois town he left 20 years ago.