|Alum's new film to make national debut
RELEASED: Dec. 5, 2002
DANVILLE, KYFilmmaker Tom Thurman, a 1984 graduate of Centre College, is staying busy these days.
His documentary on filmmaker John Ford's work for the military will be nationally televised Saturday night on Starz-Encore at 8 p.m. and Movie Plex at 9. It will be the debut for John Ford Goes to War.
Ford was a six-time Academy Award-winning director whose credits include "Stagecoach" and "The Grapes of Wrath."
The second half of the Thurman produced documentary Basketball in Kentucky: Great Balls of Fire airs 8-11 p.m. tonight on Kentucky Educational Television. The five-hour, KET-produced series was three years in the making and spans 107 years of the game. This series, which premiered in March, explores Kentucky's fascination with basketball.
The re-airing of the series comes as a new companion book, edited by Thurman, and DVD are released. Hardwood Heaven: Basketball in Kentucky 1895-1966 and the DVD or VHS of the series can be purchased by contacting KET at (859) 258-7000 or by visiting http://www.ket.org/.
Thurman has produced and directed several documentaries for public and commercial TV stations since 1992. In April he won an Emmy Award at the 38th annual Midwestern Regional Emmy Awards for "Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema," which includes Centre film experts Stan Campbell (librarian) and Charles Pace (anthropologist). The documentary premiered on KET last year and later ran on Public Broadcasting Station affiliates around the country.
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