Trace Around Your Heart and other short films by Ian Nolte to be shown Nov. 5 in Smith Hall

A free public screening of Trace Around Your Heart and other short films written and directed by English Department faculty member, Ian Nolte, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in in Smith Hall 154.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Nolte, who is co-founder of the filmmaking collective Brainwrap Productions.

The award-winning 2013 short Trace Around Your Heart, described by Nolte as “a romantic comedy featuring a puppet,” tells the story of Trace Cherokee, who has grown comfortable living in obscurity as a country music has-been. When his former songwriting partner, Sasha Colette, asks him to reunite for a one-night performance, he has to confront his crippling stage terrors. The film contains some profanity and drug use.

Also being shown are the dark comedy Hickory High Lift and an installment of Seth Martin and Friends, which began as a sketch comedy project created for YouTube and public access television. It focuses on Seth Martin, who is the reluctant caretaker to a group of puppet characters.

During the screening, Nolte will discuss zero-budget filmmaking as well as the screenwriting course he developed and will be teaching through the English Department during the spring 2016 semester.

Nolte is a Marshall graduate with a  B.A. in Secondary Education (English 5-Adult), earned in  2005, and a  M.A. in English, earned in 2014. He  joined the English Department as a full-time faculty member this fall.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Film Studies Program. For more information, contact Dr. Walter Squire at