February 06, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The department of theatre and dance at Bucknell University will host a festival of short films by theatre alumni Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

Admission is $6. Tickets are available in advance from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center in person, by phone at 577-1000, online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/ or at the door each evening. Bucknell student tickets are free with IDs, courtesy of the Bucknell Association for the Arts.

According to Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre and department chair, the films to be shown are produced by several Bucknell graduates who either majored or participated in theatre at Bucknell. The short movies and alumni film makers include:

  • "Donny Botsford and The Turtle" by Jeremy Walker and John Mitchell, who both graduated from Bucknell in 2000;

  • "Life in a Bowl" by 2005 graduate Juliana Brafa and Todd Bieber;

  • "Diego" by 2000 graduate Theodore Avgerinos;

  • "Ode to Elaina" by 1992 graduate Mitchell Goldman and starring 1991 graduate Andrew Garman;

  • a short compilation of films produced by 1987 graduate Tim Williams;

  • and a short compilation of film scenes directed by 1975 graduate Robert Mandel, who is an award-winning film director and dean of the American Film Institute.

In addition to the two evening film screenings, the weekend will include a panel discussion with all of the alumni film makers. "Journeys from Theatre to Film: A Bucknell Alumni Symposium" will be held Saturday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Gainer, panel moderator, will pose the question, "In considering your ongoing professional work in making films, how do you see the impact of your theatre arts background upon your role in film production?"

The panel participants will include Tim Williams, Andrew Garman, Mitchell Goldman, Theo Avgerinos, John Mitchell, Jeremy Walker, Juliana Brafa and Todd Bieber.

The film festival event is part of a Spring Arts Weekend sponsored by the Bucknell Association for the Arts. Returning alumni also will participate in "Careers in the Arts: Student/Alumni Breakout Sessions" March 25 at 3 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Buttery.

Presented by the Association for the Arts and the Bucknell Career Development Center, these sessions will allow Bucknell students interested in careers in the arts to meet with visiting guest alumni and other alumni with careers in a variety of arts disciplines.

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Story posted Feb. 6, 2006

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