FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (2/04)
Documentary Filmmaker, Executive Producer and Director of Spy Pond Productions Eric Stange at Centenary Feb. 9-14 as Woodrow Wilson Fellow
SHREVEPORT, LA — Eric Stange, a documentary filmmaker whose work concerns historical subjects and is often seen on Public Broadcasting stations, will spend a week at Centenary College as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
Stange will be on campus Feb. 9-14, meeting with classes and with students in formal and informal settings.
Stange has been making documentary films—primarily on historical subjects—for many years. Most of his films appear on PBS, though he has also produced and directed for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and the BBC.
Among his films are Children of the Left and Love In The Cold War. He co-produced a six-part series called Making Sense of the 60s. Many of Stange’s films explore the presentation of history through film and television. His most recent television project, Murder At Harvard, broadcast in July 2003 on American Experience, the PBS history series, explores the process of historical inquiry through a compelling murder story, and features the well-known historian Simon Schama. Stange will introduce the film Wednesday, Feb. 11, when it is offered by the Centenary Film Society in Room 114 of Mickle Hall.
He will also speak at a convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Kilpatrick Auditorium.
In 2002-03, Stange was a fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where he started working on a public television mini-series called Picturing the Past that will explore and analyze forms of historical representation, particularly visual forms.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Stange wrote about art and culture for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly, The Independent (London), and other publications. A recent article, "Shooting Back," appears on the Early American Studies web site Common-Place at http://www.common-place.org/vol-01/no-03/stange/
Among topics Stange will be discussing while at Centenary are the filmmaking process and the television profession, as well as the larger issues in media literacy that surround the abundance of information presented through TV and other visual forms in a media-dominated culture. He will also discuss historical literacy, the state of non-fiction television, careers and jobs in media, documentary production, and art in film and documentaries.
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