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Local residents don’t have to
travel to California to attend the
Academy Awards. On April 27,
William Woods University will
sponsor its own Oscar-style event,
complete with red carpet.
Dubbed the “Red Carpet
Showcase,” the event is a
celebration of WWU student films
produced by communication
majors in the arts division during
the 2010-2011 academic year.
It will be held April 27 at B & B
Fulton Cinema 8, 521 Commons
Dr. Six student films–five shorts
and one feature–will headline the
event, which is free and open to
the public.
The showcase features
fictional shorts starring several
members of the William
Woods community, as well as
documentaries researched across
various disciplines.
It also displays radio and
television excerpts from WWU’s
broadcasting program.
Film and theatre students will
arrive to walk the red carpet at
6:30 p.m. to greet guests and
the media. The show begins at 7
p.m. in Cinema 8’s large digital
auditorium and will end around
10 p.m.
The program: “Smokin’ Guns,”
directed by Lincoln Purvis, is a
Western-comedy rated G and
running seven minutes. It stars
Cal Hawkins, Larry Ellis, Kayla
Pulliam and Jason Cavallone.
“The Forest,” directed by Aaron
Griffin, is a military drama rated
R and running 20 minutes. Actors
in “The Forest” are Drew Arnett,
Courtney Shotwell and Hawkins.
“Dreams,” directed by Sarah
Knapp, is a documentary rated G
and running 20 minutes.
“Jump Start,” written by Lincoln
Purvis and directed by D. Jason
Knowles, is a psychological drama
rated PG-13/R and running
15 minutes. It stars Bailey
Campanini, Jennifer Steindorf,
Becky Roberts and Pulliam.
“Jump Start” is a collaborative
film production developed and
shot by students in theatre
310—Acting for the Camera and
communication 232—Digital
Production II.
“The Duel,” directed by and
starring Lincoln Purvis with
cinematography by Christopher
Norton, is a Western-comedy
rated G and running
three minutes.
“Utopia Conspiracy,” screenplay
by alumnus Joshua Potter and
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directed by Christopher Norton,
is a modern Film Noir rated
PG-13 and running 72 minutes.
Staunzie Grady, Samuel Binkley,
Rachel Petricka, Potter, Arnett
and Steindorf appear in this film.
Norton, a senior digital
filmmaking major, says he enjoys
filmmaking because he believes it
is the only medium that is able to
communicate to everyone.
“It doesn’t matter what
background you’re from or who
you are, films are able to take
anyone away from their current
lives and transport them into a
fictional world where everyone
experiences the same things,” he
said. “I like taking people to the
fictional worlds I create.”
According to Jason Knowles,
who teaches all the digital
filmmaking and broadcasting
production courses, the digital
filmmaking program at
William Woods University is
committed to developing each
student’s knowledge beyond
a traditional understanding of
motion pictures.
“Our innovative curriculum
requires filmmakers to work
together collaboratively, as
well as one-on-one with their
professors, applying historical
and theoretical concepts to
practice in a way that enhances
their own creative voice,”
Knowles said.
From their first production
course, film students have access
to professional studio space
and an Apple-Macintosh post-
production lab inside WWU’s
Gladys Woods Kemper Center for
the Arts. They can also utilize the
school’s inventory of professional
standard- and high-definition
digital cameras, lighting and
sound equipment, and resource
connections to WWU’s theatre
program, as well as to the greater
Fulton community.
“Upon graduation,” Knowles
said, “a William Woods filmmaker
has developed an extensive
demo reel and the festival
experience necessary to become
an innovative professional—an
artist/ entertainer/educator who
can perform as a critical thinker,
creative planner and effective
practitioner in multiple film
industries—whose employment
will contribute new ideas,
engaging entertainment
and provocative meaning to
the arts, academia, and
local communities.”
‘Lysistrata’— a laugh-out-loud comedy
The men unite and plan on how to end their wives’ protests and soften their dilemma.
William Woods theatre has
done it again!
This time, with a 2005
adaptation of the Greek
comedy “Lysistrata.”
Directed by Communication
Professor Melissa Alpers-
Springer, “Lysistrata” tells the
tale of a spirited Athenian
noblewoman who joins forces
with women from other
Greek states to end the
Peloponnesian War and bring
their men home.
However, this is by no means
a tear-jerking play as Lysistrata’s
method of ending the war is
one of a very unusual kind of
protest—a protest of sex.
Despite the Greek women’s
obvious and quite comical
passion for intercourse,
Lysistrata convinces them to
carry out the protest and so
begins a battle of the sexes.
The men, equipped with
lengthy penis-shaped balloons,
and women, equipped with items
such as a broom, rolling pin and
high-heeled shoes partake in
clumsy raids and battles of wits.
All the while, the men
feverishly demand the women
discontinue their unwomanly
protest and submit to their
sexual duties, while the women
stubbornly refuse to do so—
leaving their men with a
hardened problem.
The result: a laugh-out-loud
comedy that nearly draws
tears. The props were ingenious
(especially the self-explanatory
balloons), and the hysterical
dialect was perfectly delivered.
Audiences even get a glimpse
of the play in its original
beauty when one of the male
actors performs the part of a
tall, awkward noblewoman.
Audiences were also able to see
authentic Greek costume.
In the end, men’s desire for sex
and women’s persuasive battle
tactics bring the men to their
knees and, to the favor of the
women, end the war.
One comical highlight occurs
when Peace, dressed as a map
of Greek territory, arrives just as
the two leaders of Athens and
Sparta have desperately agreed
to negotiate. The two men, with
tongues practically dangling from
their mouths, proceed to point
out suggestively located areas of
her map to negotiate who gets
what “territory.”
In the end, both sexes achieve
their desires.
Men are sexually satisfied and
women have their men home and
have brought an end to the inter-
Greek war.
The comedy, however, is not
without a greater meaning.
“Lysistrata” also provides
By Dani Moritz and
Molly Dougherty
reflection on war; in today’s
society, the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. The play
also reflects upon women’s
participation in politics.
This play is no outlier in
WWU theatre’s success. It
merely continues its tradition
of fabulous drama. Truly a
five-star production.
The Talon 12
Monday, April 25, 2011