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Rhodes Professor and Alumnus To Have Showings at Indie Memphis

Publication Date: 10/31/2011

“Stepping: Beyond the Line”

Rhodes History Professor Dr. Dee Garceau and Mark A. Wilson ’06 each will have a film featured at the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival to be held Nov. 3-6.

Garceau’s feature-length documentary, “Stepping: Beyond the Line,” co-produced by Joann Selvidge, will be shown 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 5 at Studio on the Square. According to the film′s description, dancers stomp out a rhythm on the floor and on the body, expressing identities and struggles, hopes and dreams. They tell of resistance and conflict in the segregated South, brotherhood and sisterhood on the long climb out. Stepping is an African-American dance form created by black fraternities and sororities that reaches back to West African tribes and forward to twenty-first century cities. Stories about coming of age, about losing and finding family, about staying afloat through hard times, and about giving back are spoken, chanted, and performed.  Step routines link dance with histories of the heart, with geographies of hope, and with the changing fortunes of black communities in the United States.

Funded by the Mike Curb Institute for Music, “Stepping” also features an original score composed and produced by Memphis musician Steve Selvidge with veteran session players from the city. The film represents a collaboration between producer/director Dee Garceau, co-producer Joann Selvidge, Director of Photography Eric Swartz, and a team of nine Rhodes students who interned on the production.

Wilson’s short film, “Be Still” will be shown 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 4, also at Studio on the Square. It is about a teenage boy from an immigrant family who sets off a series of events that force him to confront a devastating loss.

Studio on the Square is located at 2105 Court Avenue. For Indie Memphis ticket information, visit here.


Update Nov. 1: Rhodes alumna Mary Hahn ’11 also will have her short film screened. “Play the Hand You′re Dealt,” a true story about memory, will be shown 2 p.m. on Nov. 6, at Playhouse on the Square.

Update Nov. 7: The documentary “Stepping: Beyond the Line” received a Special Jury Prize at the awards ceremony of the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Tags: Alumni, Arts/Performances, Events, Faculty, Honors


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