Project Bluelight


Project Bluelight is a professional motion picture production company within the DePaul Cinematic Arts program where students can get hands-on experience in motion picture production. Project Bluelight was founded in 2004 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.

A Place to Call Home

The key to understanding homelessness today, and ultimately ending it, begins with changing perceptions. Our documentary series, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, focuses on the work of Depaul USA to create awareness and understanding of the challenges of the chronically homeless and the importance of providing permanent supportive housing to this population most in need.


Here and Now

Director: Connor Kovak

Here and Now explores the relationship between caseworkers and their clients. As advocates and most importantly listeners, caseworkers Like Melinda help people like Albert, Joyce and Barb to manage and look forward with their lives.


Keep it Movin'

Director: Katie Scheuber

Keep It Movin’ shows the crucial support that Depaul USA provides clients like Jamie and Corida in turning their lives around and feeling a sense of community for the first time in a long time.


The Good Bad Guy

Director: Melissa Pratt & Whitney Clark

The Good Bad Guy shows how meeting clients like Fred, who has struggled for years with issues of drug use and homelessness, where they’re at is essential to helping them slowly regain and believe in the life they had given up on.

Previous Projects

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Merry Christmas from DePaul (2019)

Director: Meghann Artes and Devin Bell

A stop-motion animated film celebrating the magic of Christmas.


Quiver (2018)

Director: Shayna Connelly

Horror and desire meld when Suzanne arouses a ghostly presence and begins an unusual courtship across space and time.

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Ten More (2017)

Director: Brad Riddell

A concert pianist receives a startling omen from above as he struggles to recover from a brain injury.

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Gardening at Night (2016)

Director: Shayna Connelly

Waiting puts time out of joint as Samantha anticipates the death of her oldest friend.


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.

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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).


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 are 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.