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Student documentary screened at Poe Film Festival

Nov 13, 2018

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A team of documentary students from Dr. Bill Oglesby's capstone broadcast journalism class had their production selected as an official entry and screened at the 2018 College Film Awards at the Poe Film Festival in Richmond. The documentary produced by students Elijah Lockaby, Eleanor Fialk and Alex Granback is titled "Suds In The City" and profiled Richmond's strong national presence in the craft beer brewing industry. "Suds In The City" was screened for the festival at the Grace Street Theater on Oct. 20 (you can watch the documentary as part of the VCU Indepth show from Spring 2018). 

 

In addition, a documentary entitled "GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head," produced and directed by Oglesby, was screened at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art on Oct. 24. The screening was held in conjunction with an exhibition called "Hedges, Edges, Dirt" at the ICA. Oglesby, who is the Robertson School's journalism sequence coordinator, introduced the documentary, and the screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring Brian Cannon, executive director of redistricting reform group OneVirginia2021; Claire Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia; and Virginia Delegate Lamont Bagby, chairman of the legislative Black Caucus. 

 

GerryRIGGED was used as inspiration for comedian John Oliver for an episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," and was included as part of the official court record in the U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford (you can watch Oglesby's documentary here).