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OWU Documentary Film Festival Starts April 11

April 3, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology and the audiovisual center at Beeghly Library will kick off the fourth annual OWU Documentary Film Festival at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St. The series—which runs through April 12—features nine documentary films created by student filmmakers and sociology/anthropology professor Mary Howard, Ph.D.

In lieu of charging admission, donations to benefit The Open Shelter, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, will be accepted. Since its opening in 1983, the nonprofit organization has supported thousands of men, women, and children who have experienced homelessness in central Ohio.

Following each film’s screening, discussions with student filmmakers will be offered. The documentaries being shown at the festival are:

7 p.m. April 11 – “Death on Sunday Creek,” filmed and edited by Samantha Kentner ’09. The documentary tells the story of Ohio’s worst mining disaster, which killed 82 people in November of 1930. Kentner is the great-granddaughter of one of the event’s survivors. (35 minutes)

7:40 p.m. April 11 – Directed by Philip Rademeyer ’08 and Melanie Brenneman ’09, “No Mas, No More!” follows a group of 40 students, faculty, and staff from Ohio Wesleyan in their 2006 protest of the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., which has been a training ground for right-wing dictators form Latin America. (20 minutes)

8 p.m. April 11 – Filmed and edited by sociology/anthropology professor Mary Howard, Ph.D., “Swept Out” takes viewers behind the scenes into several tent and shanty communities in downtown Columbus. The documentary was shot over four seasons in 2006. (73 minutes)

1:30 p.m. April 12 – “El Otro Lado” explores the controversial issue of Latino immigration to the United States. Facts and experiences represented by scholars, immigrants, and activists on both sides of the debate help audiences to formulate their own opinions on the issue. Initiated in 2007 by Amanda London ’08 and Amy Schweizer ’09, the film was completed by Conor Close ’10, Chioke Barkari ’08, and Carolyn Wilkins ’09. (22 minutes)

2 p.m. April 12 – Examining the struggle Ghanaian citizens face to obtain adequate services, “Ghana: The Gateway to Better Education and Health Care,” was filmed by Rhett Rybarczyk ’09 and Chad Claussen ’10. (15 minutes)

2:20 p.m. April 12 – “Food for Thought” gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions on Ohio Wesleyan’s food service operator and to suggest change where desired. The film was created by Kelly Neff ’09 and Beth Griffith ’08. (12 minutes)

2:40 p.m. April 12 – Cheerleaders, team apparel, homecoming, scholarships—we are a culture driven by our sports teams and athletic pursuits. What exactly do we gain by playing and supporting sports? “Yellow Card” takes an inside look at Ohio Wesleyan’s athletic offerings and their educational value as perceived by athletes, faculty, and coaches. The film is directed by Caitlin Dugre ’08. (20 minutes)

3:05 p.m. April 12 – “The Bishops of S.T.A.N.D.” follows Ohio Wesleyan students involved in Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (S.T.A.N.D.) as they attend rallies and petition government officials on behalf of the ongoing genocide and human rights violations in Darfur and around the world. Directed by Mark Dubovec ’10, the film includes a special appearance by Nick Clooney, avid human rights activist and father of actor George Clooney. (22 minutes)

3:30 p.m. April 12 – Through interviews with both drug users and officials of the newly created Delaware Drug Task Force, filmmakers William Ruzek ’11 and Andrew Morinaga ’10 show how drugs are detrimental—yet integral—to the city’s development in “Delaware: The Unknown Drug Problem.” (17 minutes)

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