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March 8th, 2009
Tournées International Film Festival coming to Texas State

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Texas State, along with its Department of Modern Languages, will welcome the Tournées International Film Festival and Symposium from March 23 to April 3.

The festival will feature French, German and Spanish films that, in keeping with Texas State’s Common Experience theme of “Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ,” offer an intercultural view on civic responsibility.

Dr. Heather Galloway of the University Honors Program will open the festival. Filmmaker John Carols Frey will give the opening lecture on civic responsibility in Latino films in the Alkek Library teaching theater on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. Frey will then screen his newly finished film “1979 Miles” at 6:30 p.m..

On March 24, Austin documentary filmmaker Hector Galen will present “The Forgotten Americans” at 2 p.m. in the Centennial Hall teaching theater. The flim, directed for Jamie Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts, inspired a photography exhibition that will be on display in the coffee forum of the University Honors Program and the Department of Modern Languages until April 10. The exhibit features the photography of Alan Pouge and Jason Reed.

“August Evening,” by Chris Eska, will be shown on March 24 in the Alkek teaching theater at 5:15 p.m., followed by a series of roundtable discussionsin which participants can address the nature of political commitment in film making.

The festival is made possible by a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), a group dedicated to fostering French-American relations through education, the arts and an exchange of ideas. FACE began issuing grants for Tournées festivals in 2004 and awarded more than $180,000 has been annually, with more than 300,000 participating students. Texas State sponsors include the Office of Equity and Access, the University Lecturers Committee and the Common Experience.

The festival is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Department of Modern Languages website.

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  1. This looks like a great event! Maybe the university can help those who are unfamiliar with the location of the buildings and parking figure out how to get around the construction and campus so the general public is not intimidated when trying to attend.

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