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Garceau Film Is Shown at Dallas Festival

Publication Date: 2/17/2012

Prof. Dee Garceau’s feature-length documentary, “Stepping: Beyond the Line” recently was featured at the 2012 Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas. Created in 2003, the festival is a three-day event showcasing the best in independent films about African American history and culture, and the African diaspora.

“Stepping: Beyond the Line,” explores the history of stepping, a distinctive African-American dance form that emerged from black fraternities and sororities during the mid-twentieth century. In spring 2010, Garceau taught a history course at Rhodes in which students formed the documentary film production team. The students researched stepping and its history, filmed interviews with members of black Greek organizations, and with scholars of black history and culture, as well as step practices and step shows. With the help of co-producer Joann Self-Selvidge, students then learned the rudiments of editing film.

Over the next year, Garceau and Selvidge refined the film, adding a soundtrack, editing the narrative, and adding additional archival photographs. The final version of the film premiered at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November 2011.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. It aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.

Tags: Arts/Performances, Faculty, Honors

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