Frankenstein Film Festival will help students in reading project

Posted: Tuesday, 17 August 2010

TROY—A Frankenstein film festival will go hand-in-hand with a common reading initiative at Troy University this fall.

Students at the University this fall will read Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and then professors incorporate the reading into their classes regardless of discipline as part of the Quality Enhancement Program.

The film festival, sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. with a screening of the classic 1931 “Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff and directed by James Whale.

“We’re so excited about hosting this festival,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, CCFA’s dean. “I listened to the Frankenstein book on tape while walking this summer. By listening to the story, I was able to imagine such incredible images. I just knew that the fine arts faculty would want to get involved.”

The festival will run through November, with the following classic films:

  • Aug. 24 “Frankenstein”
  • Aug. 31 “Bride of Frankenstein”
  • Sept. 7 “Frankenstein” w/ Robert DeNiro
  • Sept. 14 “Santo Contra la hija de Frankenstein” in Spanish
  • Sept. 21 “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”
  • Sept. 28 “2001: A Space Odyssey”
  • Oct. 5 “Rocky Horror Picture Show” where students can dress as their favorite character and sing along with the film.
  • Oct. 12 “Frankenstein” with William Hurt and Donald Sutherland
  • Oct. 19 “The Addams Family vs The Munsters”
  • Oct. 26 Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” and Halloween costume contest
  • Nov. 2 “Frank Science”
  • Nov. 9: “The Addams Family”
  • Nov. 16: “Jurassic Park”
  • Nov. 17: “Kung Fu Frankenstein” (in Chinese)

Troy University professors from the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Department of Biology will present a 15-minute “Frankenstein-related mini-lecture” before each film screening. Films will be screened on Tuesdays in GAB Room 101 at 7 pm. The festival is free to attend.

In addition to the Tuesday night film screenings, CCFA will sponsor a Frankenstein Festival for Kids at The Studio on Elm Street from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. The event, hosted by the Theatre Department’s Pied Pipers, will feature the film “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein.” A costume contest follows the movie.

Children are urged to come dressed for a chance to win “Frankenstein-related” prizes, according to Dr. Cochran. The event is free and open to the public.

The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Creating a Culture of Reading, focuses on strengthening student literacy and learning by setting high expectations for reading and by supporting new initiatives that will enable students to become better readers.

The Common Reading Initiative is a progra for first-year students new to the university. The main goal of the initiative is to promote reading and discussion, foster integrated learning, support classroom instruction, and encourage participation in campus, civic, and service-learning activities.

The College has thoroughly been involved with the Common Reading Initiative since it began in 2007. By incorporating different media outlets such as dance and film, it aims to help students better understand the depth of the readings.