UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State faculty member has produced a short, call-to-action film featuring actors whose credits include “Atlanta,” “Law and Order” and “Orange is the New Black” for the New Jersey-based The Nature Conservancy. The film will be available online on Earth Day, April 22.
Pearl Gluck, an assistant professor of film in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, co-directed the film with Jennifer Howd, an independent filmmaker. Gluck met Howd at the Female Eye Film Festival last year, when Gluck’s feature, “The Turn Out,” won Best Debut Feature.
Shortly after, The Nature Conservancy sent Howd a script titled “Ice Cream Cake” to consider, and she reached out to Gluck. The short comedy, which runs a little over two minutes, was written by author Mara Altman, Chandra Lee Breslow and Josh Breslow.