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WICHITA FALLS – For the second time, the Departments of Mass Communication and Music at MSU Texas have collaborated on a special project showcasing the musical and visual talents of their students.

The new short film, The Red River Valley, was produced by faculty and students from across Fain College of Fine Arts and represents more than half a year of traveling, filming, and editing.  

“The timing of this release couldn’t be more perfect, as The Red River Valley is a poetic look at the concept of farewells,” a press release stated. “As time moves forward and pushes us all into new chapters of our lives, it is important to take time to reflect on those who helped bring us to where we are. Set against the backdrop of the Red River, this documentary is a solemn and heartfelt thank you to those who made and make our lives possible.”  

Associate Professor of Media Arts Jonathon Quam and Director of Choirs Thomas Wininger, worked with the MSU Texas choirs, produced this piece to showcase their respective programs and present the choir’s new arrangement of the traditional cowboy song The Red River Valley.

“This new interpretation of the song soars over the immensely beautiful landscapes of North Texas as it’s performed by the MSU Texas choirs,” a press release stated.

The music was arranged by Ramon Gonzalez, a recent MSU Texas graduate, and recorded by Tim Klingler. The film was produced by Quam.