April 8, 2005
Micheal “Tug” Buse's film “Space Pirates: The Spiral Arms of Greed” received a Silver Eddy Award in the “Master Freestyle” category during an awards ceremony held Saturday evening, April 2, at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa.
March 18, 2005
Michael “Tug” Buse, assistant professor of mass communication at Morningside College, has had his animated film “Space Pirates: The Spiral Arms of Greed” accepted for inclusion at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival slated for April 1- 2, at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. Buse’s film will show on Friday, April 1, at 8:17 p.m. in Theatre B and on Saturday, April 2, at 10:43 a.m. in Theatre A.
The festival will feature work by those “with strong ties to Iowa.” Of the 60 films submitted for consideration, 29 were selected for exhibition. The films encompass a variety of genres including comedy, drama, experimental, and documentary, in both feature and short lengths. Master and Student Eddy Awards in each category and a special Audience Choice Eddy Award will be presented at a ceremony slated for Saturday evening.
Buse is animator and director of the 10-minute animated film, which primarily makes use of Legos but also includes some clay animation and the use of paper cutouts. The film, entered into the “Master Freestyle” category, is the story of a young female spaceship pilot who discovers the location of the treasure of a notorious space pirate and almost succumbs to the call of greed.
Buse has extensive experience writing and producing short films. He joined the Morningside faculty in 2004 and teaches classes in television and digital media. He was a teacher's assistant in cinematography at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., from 2002 to 2004 and taught courses in video production at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, Calif., and the Meadowbrook Family Center in Seattle, Wash.
Buse received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master of fine arts degree from Chapman University in 2004.
For more information, contact Michael “Tug” Buse at (712) 274-5291 or the office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.