“If This March Could Talk” airs tonight on campus with live stream




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The highly anticipated premiere of If this march could speaka documentary film that shares personal reflections on the University of Arkansas, will premiere tonight at 7 p.m. at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center.

As part of the University of Alberta’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the premiere will include a reception beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a screening. The film will also be simulcast on the university’s YouTube channel for virtual audiences. The film’s producer, Larry Foley, and Acting Chancellor Charles Robinson will both be in attendance and deliver brief remarks. After the event, the film will be available for free on the the university’s YouTube page.

If you would like to attend the on-campus premiere, please RSVP to [email protected]

If this march could speak was written and produced by Larry Foley, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and President of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, and features memories from 150 years of film documents, yearbooks and clips as well as interviews with alumni and current students, faculty and campus leaders who tell personal stories of momentous events and the significance of Senior Walk.

“It was both an honor and a challenge to be asked to tell this story,” Foley said. “One hundred and fifty years is a long time, and I wanted to produce a film that would connect with our audience, who are graduates, students and people who love college. The stories are fun and poignant and very diverse. unsung milestones, while embracing the genesis of our most sacred traditions, as well as a glimpse of what the future may hold.”

Foley, a 1976 U of A journalism graduate, said one of his inspirations for the film was a collection of former Razorback Directories from the 1900s that were filled with prose of student memories and reflections on their days on the Hill. These digital collections, as well as the collections of Arkansas Traveler and bad timesare available in university libraries.

Alongside Foley, alumni John Cooper and Ben Goodwin, who both work in the Office of University Relations, served as associate producers and photographers. Music professor emeritus Jim Greeson composed an original score.

“I love this movie,” Foley said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done, and I think others will appreciate it too. It’s our story, full of trials and tribulations, high waters and life lessons. It’s a story of resilience, perseverance, hope and promise.”

Foley’s films have won eight Mid America Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and 19 Emmy nominations in the areas of writing, journalistic enterprise, story, cultural history, special program and community service. His films have also received four Best of Festival of Media Arts awards from the International Broadcast Education Association.

A new trailer for the documentary is available on the The University of Alberta YouTube page. Anyone interested in attending the premiere in person is asked to RSVP to [email protected]

For more information on the university’s 150th anniversary events, visit 150.uark.edu.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.

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