Digital Media Lab Exhibits Rising Star’s Collection

by Morgan H. McKie, Multimedia Specialist

Victora Kohl

Photo by Maury Neipris /

Victoria Kohl presents The Five Faces of Hangout Fest

“What’s better than sitting on the beach? With a drink? And listening to music?”
– Hangout Music Festival attendee, The Five Faces of Hangout Fest

On Monday, September 19th, the Digital Media Lab (DML) premiered Victoria Kohl’s documentary film The Five Faces of Hangout Fest in the 3rd floor Conference Room located at the Otto G. Richter Library. Over the course of summer internships with Hangout Music Festival, Victoria, a Motion Pictures senior, was given complete creative freedom to make a documentary film depicting its inner workings. She decided that there would be no better way to feature the unforgettable moments of an eclectic music production than by filming the perspective of five faces: the Intern, Sculptor, Fan, Contest Winner and Musician.

Before the film presentation, Victoria told the audience about accepting the internship with Hangout Music Festival in May of 2013 and how it introduced a new passion for the music industry. That passion led her to seek a minor in Music Business & Entertainment Industries and return to Hangout every summer since. Victoria wishes to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking once she graduates. She plans to “go where the action is – Los Angeles!”

Gallery goers enjoy Victoria Kohl’s Concert Collection

After the film presentation, Victoria answered questions about the film and her experiences. Then the audience was invited to the DML for a small reception and to view Victoria’s concert photographs from the festival and different concerts held at the University of Miami. By showcasing student work, the DML hopes to encourage the development of more awe-inspiring multimedia projects of all students, faculty, and staff at UM.

Victoria Kohl’s concert series photos are on display this semester in the Lab and on our gallery page. For more information about her work, please visit her website.

If you’ve created a media project using any of the Lab’s resources, please share it with us! We’d love to put it in the gallery and show off your work. Please email inquiries to



Get Your Game On

by Robert Green, Graduate Student, School of Music
and Vanessa Rodriguez, E-Learning & Emerging Technologies Librarian



Video games have come to the libraries!

We are proud to announce the opening of a video game collection with games for Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube and Nintendo Wii.

The collection was carefully curated based on criteria of artistic achievement, cultural significance, and historical significance, and should provide useful study material for any students looking to enter the video game industry or related fields.

But video games are not just for those who want to enter the field, or those who want to relax for a bit. Would you be interested in researching the accuracies and inaccuracies of historical portrayals in media (like in Assassin’s Creed?). Are you interested in sumi-e style art? Then perhaps you would be interested in Okami. Or maybe you’d like to play Journey and hear the Grammy award nominated music the way the composer intended. Video games have developed into a unique medium of creative expression and a vibrant new art form.

Richter’s collection can be found in the Digital Media Lab alcove, with consoles available for use in the library. Simply find the game you want to play on the shelf and bring it over to a DML staff person for check-out. We have a station with a TV and HD monitor and headphone jacks to facilitate their use. You can check out newer games (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) for use on your own console!

The video game collection is an addition to the board games and role-playing manuals in Richter Library as well as the video game music soundtracks and scores in the Music Library that were made available last year. If you have any suggestions of game materials that the library should purchase, please fill out the library’s Suggest a Purchase form.

Special thanks to Clay Ewing in the Interactive Media department in the School of Communications for donating half of the consoles as well as Mark Buchholz, Robert Green, Bill Jacobs, and Vanessa Rodriguez for their own donations.