NEWS RELEASE: MediaLab embarks on new documentary: Changing Currents

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PARKLAND, Wash. – MediaLab, the award-winning applied research and media production program at Pacific Lutheran University, has begun working on its 2016 documentary film.

Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers, will examine river pollution in North America, and explore restoration efforts across the continent. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 40 percent of rivers and lakes in the United States are too polluted for swimming or fishing. The mission of this film is to educate others on ecological river health, encourage environmental stewardship and advocate for dialog regarding effective river protection. The film is currently in pre-production.

The Changing Currents team consists of five MediaLab students: John Struzenberg, senior, director of photography; Rachel Lovrovich, sophomore, creative director; Chris Boettcher, junior, senior producer; Kelly Lavelle, sophomore, associate producer; and Joshua Wiersma, junior, associate producer.

“River restoration has come a long way in the last 50 years. What people don’t realize is that there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Struzenberg, a senior business major who will be working on the film after graduation later this month. “I’m really excited to be a voice in the critical conversation surrounding rivers in North America.”

In pursuit of knowledge, the team will travel in early June to cities across North America, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Puyallup, Wash., Vancouver, B.C. and many others. The team will talk to both community members and organizations that are affected by their prospective rivers and/or making a conscious effort to restore their rivers.

Changing Currents will premiere on Nov. 12, 2016 in the Theatre on the Square at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts in Tacoma, Wash.

For more information about Changing Currents, or other MediaLab projects and productions, please visit, or contact MediaLab General Manager Rachel Lovrovich via email at


About MediaLab at PLU:

MediaLab is an award–winning, applied research and media production organization housed within the Center for Media Studies at Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication. MediaLab students work on projects across the media spectrum, including market research, photography, graphic design, web design, writing, video, public relations, event planning, filmmaking and more.