Prizewinning filmmaker returns to campus
RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—The Centre College English Program will sponsor a free convocation by prizewinning filmmaker Tom Thurman on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater on campus. The event is titled "Tom Thurman: The Making of the Hunter S. Thompson Documentary." The event is free and open to the public.
Thurman, a 1984 Centre graduate, will show scenes from his latest work, a documentary on the life and times of the Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The documentary, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, features interviews from author Tom Wolfe, actors Sean Penn and Bill Murray, among others. It won the Jury Prize at the Savannah Film Festival this past fall.
"The ninth in his series on writers, actors and directors, this film is Thurman's most ambitious to date," says Mark Lucas, Jobson Professor of English at Centre. "It's remarkable in the way it weaves reflections from people as different as Johnny Depp and William F. Buckley, Jr., into a seamless narrative."
His first independent documentary, on actor Warren Oates, was described in The Film Journal as "one of the finest documentaries ever made about an actor" and received the Best Documentary Prize at the 1992 New Orleans Film Festival.
Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema, a documentary about independent African-American cinema, has been described as "essential viewing" and a "roadmap for the African-American community" by critic Armond White. It received a regional Emmy Award in 2001.
Thurman's documentary on renegade filmmaker Sam Peckinpah was honored as outstanding documentary of 2004 by the Western Heritage Museum and was subsequently released on DVD by Warner Brothers.Born in Christiansburg, Kentucky, Thurman has been producing and directing documentaries for 15 years. His films explore 20th century American art and culture, focusing upon music, literature and especially film history.
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