Mercyhurst communication dept. premieres ‘Cheering Up Dewie’

The Mercyhurst University Communication Department looks to close a standout year with the premiere of the student-created film, “Cheering Up Dewie,” on Sunday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

The buddy-comedy was developed entirely by communication majors. Matt Teleha directs the cast and crew of 20, showcasing the collaborative efforts of scriptwriters Brady Greenawalt and Joe Chiodo.

“Cheering Up Dewie” is a funny and entertaining story about two roommates trying to keep their other roommate, Dewie, from moving out. The entertaining actors and fast-paced plot will keep the audience in stitches.

Teleha recently earned the university’s first national broadcasting award at the National Broadcasting Society’s (NBS) annual convention. He received grand prize in the “video commercial” category.

“Making a movie is a lot harder than it may seem,” Teleha said. “There are so many different stages and levels of communication to keep in mind to get it all to work.”

Teleha said the experience reinforced for him Mercyhurst’s commitment to providing a hands-on education to all students. “Getting this real-world experience will play a huge part in how I create in the future,” he added.

Earlier in the academic year, Mercyhurst was named NBS regional “Chapter of the Year,” hosted the NBS 2011 regional convention, and celebrated two winners in the regional student competition: Alaina Rydzewski, who won for music video production; and Joe Pudlick, who was named Rookie of the Year.

For more information on the communication department’s upcoming production, visit or e-mail Teleha at
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