Student producers to showcase documentary films

Release Date: 11/17/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- Students in the university's student producers class will hold a film screening showcasing their work on Wednesday, December 1.

The student producers course is designed to build on the video production skills students have developed in previous newscast production classes.  Students are given the opportunity to explore the more creative side of video production by writing, shooting, and editing their own films.

According to instructor Susan Edens, the films featured at the screening will include biographical work about people near and dear to the students in the class.  The three documentary films scheduled for the screening are:

The 3rd Floor Girls by Rebecca Arnold

Everyone has that group of friends.  That group where you have crazy adventures, all night talks, and you laugh until your stomach hurts.  That group undoubtedly changes you and leaves a lasting impression, even after you've gone your separate ways.

The 3rd Floor Girls focuses on a group of friends that lived together on the 3rd floor of King Hall their freshman year.  Now seniors, each girl reflects on the pivotal moments that made her the woman she is today.

Here and Now:  The Story of Ron Leonard by Taylor Jacks

This documentary depicts the life of one of Clarksville's most colorful residents.  Ron Leonard's life has spanned several decades, and has been one of excitement and many stories.

Here and Now documents were Ron Leonard came from, what brought him to where he is, and what made him the kind of person he is today.  The audience will discover a man of few regrets and lots of laughter, and hopefully will leave with a new outlook on life.

Life in Silence by Patrick Otto

What would life in silence be like?

Life in Silence tells the life story of a deaf man -- a man of courage, calmness, kindness, with an adventuresome spirit, and of the love he shared with his family.  His story is told by the hands of the women he fell in love with and with whom he shared that silence.

A video travelogue created by the students will also be shown.  The travelogue, created after a class trip to the city of St. Louis, will document some of the most interesting places the students found to visit, eat, and play, highlighting those things the students felt captured the very spirit of that great American city.

The screenings will be held in room 133 of the university's Walker Hall, with the first screening at noon and a second scheduled for 7 p.m.  The screenings are free and open to the public.