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T4Y In the News

In filmmaking quest, students gather tips on how to make the most of college

By  Katherine Long 
Seattle Times higher education reporter
Originally published November 9, 2015 at 5:02 am Updated November 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Read the full article here.


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TACOMA, Wash. – MediaLab, the award-winning film production program at Pacific Lutheran 

University (PLU), will premiere its latest documentary, These Four Years, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 


These Four Years investigates the current state of higher education in North America, including 

factors that sometimes prevent potential students from pursuing four-year degrees. With the help 

of higher ed researchers, educators and students across the continent, the film shows the 

personal, professional and societal effects of higher education in the 21st century. 

Four PLU students comprise the production team for These Four Years. Senior Communication 

major Natalie DeFord, senior Art and Design major Jasper Sortun, senior Business major Grace 

Takehara, and senior Communication major Evan Heringer, began working on the project last 


MediaLab, an application-only program, features students whose specialties include 

photography, videography, graphic design, web design, public relations, film production and 

more. During its 10-year existence, MediaLab has received numerous national and international 

recognitions, including six Emmy nominations, three National Broadcasting Society awards, and 

two Rising Star Awards from the Canada International Film Festival, among other honors. 

These Four Years will premiere at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in the Microsoft 

Auditorium at the Seattle Public Library, located at 1000 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104. 

For more information, please visit the These Four Years website at (, 

or contact MediaLab PR Team Lead Amanda Williams at RSVPs for the 

event can be submitted to