Short film about glass artist and professor Stephen Powell to debut at Centre
RELEASED: November 27, 2008
Powell says that it's strange to see and hear himself on film.
"But I think what makes this film somewhat uncomfortable for me is hearing friends, colleagues and students talking about me. There's Milton Reigelman (J. Rice Cowan Professor of English), who taught me at Centre and later hired me at Centre despite knowing what kind of student I'd been," he says. "Then there's Che Rhodes '95, one of my favorite former students, who now heads up the new University of Louisville Glass Program. Also interviewed on the film is Ying Wu '09 from Chingdu, China, who's one of my best current glass students. Most of the narration in the film is by Mark 'Looney' (his nickname during our Centre tennis days) Lucas, my best friend for many years. As I watched the film for the first time, I often wondered who they were talking about."
"Against his good judgment, he gave me a passing grade for every course, and this is a way to thank him a quarter of a century after the fact," Thurman says.
"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 and received a regional Emmy Award in 2001.
His documentary on renegade filmmaker Sam Peckinpah ("Sam Peckinpah's West") was honored as outstanding documentary of 2004 by the Western Heritage Museum and was subsequently released on DVD by Warner Bros.
Last year, his documentary on Gonzo journalist and Kentuckian Hunter S. Thompson received the Jury Prize for Outstanding Achievement from the Savannah Film Festival.
Thurman's documentaries have screened in theatres, on television and in film festivals throughout the United States and in England, France, Italy, Ireland, India, New Zealand and Australia. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Centre.
In addition to newly produced documentaries about music, visual art, drama, dance and literature, the "Kentucky Muse" schedule includes encore presentations of outstanding arts documentaries from the KET archives. Thurman is a producer for the series.
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