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Tonight on Campus, It's TU's 5th Annual Spring Film Festival

Move over, Oscar; your uber-hyped, high-octane night of movie-making awards and accolades is now done with. This evening, Monday the 25th, at 7pm here on the University of Tulsa campus --- in the Gussman Concert Hall of the Lorton Performance Center --- the TU Film Studies Department will present its Fifth Annual Spring Film Festival, which is free to the public. This will be a juried festival, wherein prizes will be awarded after the screenings for Best Film, Runner-Up, Best Original Score, and Audience Choice. Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is Prof. Jeff Van Hanken of TU's Film Studies Department, who gives us a detailed preview of tonight's proceedings. He also speaks about a trio of newly completed films, based on short stories by the renowned Tulsa author S.E. Hinton, which will be given their debut screenings at tonight's festival --- and which were shot in and around our community. These films were, moreover, "crewed" by TU film students, and were created under the guidance of Hollywood directors Ed Ornelas ("Grey's Anatomy") and Tim Hunter ("Breaking Bad") as well as Van Hanken himself. (You can learn more about the creation and production of these Hinton-related films here, and more about tonight's Spring Film Festival here at TU at this link.) Also on this edition of ST, our commentator Collin Hinds remembers a recent Talent Show at his daughter's grade school: an evening of "forty acts, each act lasting three minutes...."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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