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Student Produced Documentary "The Fifth Mode" to air on PBS

The 30-minute documentary The Fifth Mode, produced by UC students in the Production Master Class under the supervision of CCM Professor Kevin Burke and UC Alumnus Brian Leitten, will premiere on Cincinnati PBS station CET–in prime-time–on Wednesday, June 26 at 10pm, immediately following Nova. Additional airings are on Sunday, June 30 at 5pm and Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30pm.


The Fifth Mode tells the story of a dedicated team of engineering students at the University of Cincinnati who come together to challenge themselves and ideas of transportation in their quest to qualify for the first-ever SpaceX-Hyperloop Competition in Los Angeles, CA, sponsored by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Hyperloop is a magnetic levitation train within an enclosed tube that can transport passengers at speeds upwards of 700 mph. To become one of the coveted 30 finalists, the UC team will spend over 18 months competing against 1,200 teams from across the globe.


The Fifth Mode is the product of the Production Master Class, an experiential learning initiative at the University of Cincinnati that provides UC students from across campus with the opportunity to work alongside faculty and professionals on film and television productions designed for regional, national and international distribution. A team of students worked with professionals during the filming of The Fifth Mode, and then served as editors, producers, music supervisors, audio mixers and graphic designers in creating the documentary during postproduction. To date, the documentary has screened at the Canton Film Festival in late April and is an official selection at the Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival which is being held Oct 2-6th. Since its inception in 2012, the Production Master Class has completed five documentaries, all produced and edited by UC students and which have all aired on television in the US, Canada, Italy, France and Russia and been accepted into film festivals on five continents.


The documentary was shot two years ago and most of the students who worked on this documentary were E-Media students who’ve since graduated: Laura Walter, Matt Harris, Max and Ben Vanden Eynden, David Carrero, Nile Ross, Jesse Circelli, Becca Wheelen, Kelsey Keiser, Nate Carpenter, Jason Gerz, La’nice Davis and Tanner Segbers. Also, kudos to Don Hancock for putting us in touch with Jim Wiener, the Programming Director at CET earlier this year.