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See work by award-winning teen filmmaker
Filmmaker Nathan Ginter uses humor to combat tough topics in his short films.

With such memorable characters as psychotic puppets and flying pigs, Kalamazoo native Nathan Ginter has been making films since he was a kid. Now you can see what this award-winning teen’s work is all about.

Disturbingly Comforting: The Short Films of Nathan Ginter will be shown from 6:30–8 p.m. June 14 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Emcee Katherine Mumma will moderate a discussion with Ginter and the audience following the screening.

Ginter, a graduate of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, was just named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, was recently named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and has received numerous Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival awards. In his films, he grapples with challenging themes by approaching them with humor and absurdity.

Admission to the screening is $5, or $3 for students and free to KIA members. For more information, visit