TROY film festival kicks off with examination of "Animal House"

Posted: Friday, 07 October 2011

TROY -- As part of a special edition of the Trojan Film Festival, Troy University will show a screening and hold a mini-lecture on the 1978 film Animal House.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 in rooms 101 and 105 Patterson Hall. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and the movie will start around 7:20 p.m.

Dr. Hal Fulmer, associate provost and dean of undergraduate and first year studies, will serve as the faculty host and present a mini-lecture comparing Greek Life in the movie to what it is today.

"Greek organizations have been a vital part of colleges and universities for two centuries, doing good works and also generating long-lived controversies and stereotypes. Screening 'Animal House' is an opportunity to talk about the most stereotypic elements associated with campus Greeks," Fulmer said. "It's also a great opportunity to watch some fine actors having a great time on screen."

The event is open to all students, but those in fraternities and sororities especially are encouraged to attend wearing their organization's t-shirts or togas.

The now cult-classic "Animal House" is based on the exploits of a make-believe college fraternity and popularized the wearing of togas by college Greeks nationwide.

Door prizes will be awarded for the best toga outfit.

The showing is just one of several in the College of Communication and Fine Arts during October and November in connection with the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP. An element of that plan is the Common Reading Initiative. This year, students University-wide are reading "Ransom," Australian novelist, short-story writer and poet David Malouf's re-imaging of the circumstances leading up to the "The Illiad's" climatic scene where King Priam's begs Achilles for the body of his son Hector.

A mini-lecture by Dr. Vikki Forsythe, a lecturer of English, on the fact and fiction of ancient Troy kicked off the CCFA Film Festival on Oct. 4. Other showings include "Sparticus," on Oct. 18, hosted by Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the English Department on the Montgomery Campus; and "Mystery Science Theatre – Hercules Unchained," on Oct. 25 hosted by Jennifer Sassaman, a lecturer in Theatre and Dance.

Other "Ransom" related activities include a special section of "The Tropolitan" student newspaper on Oct. 12; participation in the NCTE National Day of Writing; student speeches on why the Trojans should have won the Trojan War; a Greek reading sponsored by the departments of Art and Design and Modern Languages and Classics; a performance of "Illiad" by the Troy Symphony Band, from Professor of Music Robert W. Smith's original symphony "Odyssey;" and a presentation of "The Odyssey Project" by creator Tommy Newman.

An English Honors Group –sponsored "Ransom" discussion on the Dothan Campus and a "Ancient Troy Travelogue" by Dr. Becky Ingram on the Troy Campus will round out the College's "Ransom" program.

A similar slate of events is also being offered by the College for its College Reading Initiative book, "Talent is Overrated," and will culminate with a lecture by the book's author, Geoff Colvin. Colvin is Fortune magazine's Senior Editor at Large and will lecture on his theories on talent. Following the remarks, he'll participate in a question-and-answer session with a panel of CCFA faculty and students.