Gina Guerrieri’s Short Film, Dark Light, to be Screened at Two Film Festivals

A short film by William Paterson communication professor Gina Guerrieri attempts to convey what depression feels like

Dark Light, an experimental short film by William Paterson University College of the Arts and Communication professor Gina Guerrieri that attempts to convey what depression feels like, has been selected for screening at two upcoming film festivals.

The film is one of 14 finalists in the 2016 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival, part of the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  Finalist works were selected from among more than 100 submissions by filmmakers from around the world. The film will be one of seven shown on Saturday, February 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall #105, 71 Hamilton Street, on the College Avenue campus.   For information, call 848-932-8482 or visit

Dark Light is also one of 35 short film selections to be presented at the 2016 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival in New York City.  The film will be screened at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, New York.  The festival includes 86 films by emerging filmmakers from 26 countries.  For information, visit

A collaborative effort involving students, faculty, and staff, the 10-minute film was produced with funds raised through an Indiegogo campaign and was filmed on location in New York City and on the William Paterson University campus in Wayne, NJ.  Guerrieri, who has struggled with depression, made the film as part of a larger collaborative public awareness campaign, The Dark Light Project, aimed at fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness.