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Films studies majors analyze all genres
FILM from pages
available through the College of
Arts & Sciences. It differs from
the production major, now in its
second year from die College of
Fine and Performing Arts.
Ian Olney, a film production
professor, said the program was
searching for students with cre
ative backgrounds who had the
ability to express themselves
visually and verbally.
“People are interested in film
today because everybody is
exposed to television, film and
music,” Olney said. “We’re work
ing with a new media, and there’s
no similar offering anywhere
else in Nebraska.”
With increasing enrollment
and classes that are “always full,”
according to Dixon, the question
naturally arises: How serious is
everyone that takes these class
“I’d say four or five percent of
the students come in thinking
they’re going to just sit and watch
films,” Dixon said.
“Others think they will grad
uate, and then Universal will hire
them to direct Jurassic Park 4
because they were ‘film majors.”'
Dixon said people leaving
the program quit because they
realized that talking and thinking
about film was more difficult
than they imagined.
“We’re not really interested in
people who think they're going
to be the next Steven Spielberg/’
Olney said he thought the
majority of students knew what
they were getting into when they
enrolled in the classes.
Students in the programs
expressed mixed concerns.
“I think a certain amount of
students expected it to be pud,”
said Tom Cabela, a junior film
studies major, referring to stu
dents who have dropped out of
“Quite often they’re sur
prised, but most people realize
we’re not just watching films but
dissecting them,” he said. “You
can't just watch a film once and
understand what’s going on.”
“Everyone wants to be a film
producer or director,” said John
Thorson, a film production stu
dent, referring to the popularity
of the classes.
Thorson said he didn’t expect
much going into the classes but
has enjoyed his film production
classes so far.
* Drew Hoflmeyer, a freshman
film studies major, said people
“I’d say four or five percent of the students
come in thinking they’re going to just sit and
watch films. Others think they will graduate,
and then Universal will hire them to direct
Jurassic Park 4 because they were )film
Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon
chairman of the film studies program
outside of the program think the
classes are easy.
“I learned how to make a
movie, review movies and look at
film critically,” Hoffmeyer said.
“(Film) is a part of everyday
life, and studying it is a good
change from biology and other
Gwen Foster, an associate
professor of film and cultural sci
ences, said students were getting
the wrong impression if they
assumed film studies courses
were less difficult than other
“We get a big turnaround at
the beginning of the semester,”
said Foster, who thought the
UNL program compared well
with peer institutions.
“People are familiar with art
and film, and it makes the classes
popular, but it's more than that,”
Film studies courses analyze
gender, race, international and
gay and lesbians issues in film,
"Professor Foster expressed
film diversity, not just Hollywood
films, in her classes,” Cabela
said, who has taken film studies
courses since he arrived at UNL
Dixon said students would
take a semester each on film his
tory, film genre, film directors
and advanced critical theory as a
part of the major.
“We’re looking for serious
people only; people who really
want to explore the history and
literature of film and go beyond
Scorcese and the people thal
everybody already knows,”
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they convey is timeless.
Dred was only 10 years old
when he wrote the song
“Marcia” about black experi
ence in America.
“Although I'm an American
and I live in America, I’m still my
brother’s keeper. I have to
understand my past,” the New
Orleans native said about the
“Marcia” was selected as
first runner-up in the hip-hop
division of the 2000 John
Lennon Songwriting Contest.
The song’s recognition is just
one more step toward Dred I
Dread’s larger success.
As well as a monetary pack
age, the Lennon award will also
get radio airplay for “Marcia,”
which appears on the band's
debut album, “Listen to the
Dred said the band’s music
is part of a revolution, as it is like
that of no other reggae band.
“When they catch up, they're
still one step behind,” he said.
Dred described the band’s
sound as a combination of reg
gae and hip-hop with socially
“We’re coming at you, and
we're not about to bite our
tongue,” he said.
Since its 1998 formation and
March 2000 release of “Listen to
the Revolution,” Dred I Dread
has enjoyed a steady stream of
awards including the title of
Best Reggae Band in Minnesota
from the Minnesota Music
Refusing to let these suc
cesses slow diem down, four of
the band’s five members moved
in together in early December.
Their house, which includes
a rehearsal studio, allows the
group to consolidate bills.
Guitarist Matty, the newest
member of Dred I Dread, said
knowing he’s got a roof over his
head eases the music-making
“We were skeptical at first,
but the unit gels so well we know
when somebody needs their
space,” he said.
The band regularly tours the
Midwest, preferring to stop in
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We don’t look like the
old seventies reggae
college towns where younger
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more traditional reggae bands.
Matty likes playing for col
lege-age crowds because they
are more receptive to the band’s
original sound and appearance.
“We really click when we
play college towns,” he said. “We
don't look like the old 70s reg
Dred said it is worth it for the
band to keep coming back to
Lincoln because there are “lots
of options for us as a band.”
“Lincoln is a link,” he said.
“(We) establish that as part of
our route so people can rest
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