“Fully Awake” to be screened in NYC, Spain

A film produced by elondocs, a documentary production program supported by the School of Communications at Elon University, will be screened this month at the New York Museum of Modern Art and at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain.

“Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” explores the origins, influence and demise of an experimental model of higher education in North Carolina from 1933 through 1957.

The 70-minute film was the effort of faculty and staff members led by Neeley House, a 2006 alumna who merged a project started as a student with another film team from New York City working on a separate documentary about the college.

“Fully Awake” has already been screened at the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Ga., and at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Elon faculty praised House for the years of undergraduate research that led to a finished documentary.

“People literally all over the world are going to see this film and learn about Black Mountain College,” said Ray Johnson, an assistant professor of communications and a faculty mentor to elondocs. Johnson is also the film’s associate producer. “It’s the biggest project we’ve ever done because of all the research that went into it.”

Screenings for the New York Museum of Modern Art:

Friday, October 3, 2008
6:30 p.m.
11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues)
Cost: “Pay what you wish” entry

Saturday, October 4, 2008
2 p.m.
Cost: $10

Screenings for the Guggenheim Bilbao:

Screened daily from October 28, 2008 through February 8, 2009, in conjunction with the Cy Twombly exhibit.

Neeley works today at a film production company in Asheville, N.C. For more information about the film and its creators, click on the link to the right of this page.

Other Elon University faculty and staff involved in the project include the following:

Brooke Barnett
Elon Docs Advisor, Elon University

Jay McMerty
Color Correction