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Classic Film Now, Voyager to Premiere New Partnership with Local Theatre

The Sam Houston State University Mass Communication Department welcomes all aboard to attend the free screening of Now, Voyager as the first film event in a new partnership with Huntsville’s Old Town Theatre.

Now, Voyager, a 1942 classic starring Bette Davis, tells of the transformation undergone by a Boston heiress lacking self-esteem due, in part, to her overbearing mother, after a trip to a local sanatorium. With newfound confidence and independence, the heiress boards a cruise to Rio de Janeiro from which she will emerge with new relationships and an altered outlook on life.

Following the screening, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Grant Wiedenfeld, Ph.D. who chose Now, Voyager for the screening, will lead a discussion among the audience regarding gender roles and self-transformation, exhibited in the film. According to Wiedenfeld, Now, Voyager is known by many as Hollywood’s “greatest makeover movie” leading scholars to question various aspects of a makeover, both physically and psychologically.

“[Now, Voyager] is less well known than Casablanca and Citizen Kane, but scholars have recognized its greatness, especially as a film centered on a woman protagonist,” Wiedenfeld said.

The screening is the first of a series of events which will take place as a product of the new partnership between The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and Old Town Theatre. Three other FAMC events are set to take place at Old Town Theatre this semester, including a Film and Animation Student Showcase, a Nosferatu silent film concert and screening of A Better Tomorrow. All of these events are free and open to the community.

The screening of Now, Voyager will take place Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Town Theatre, located at 1023 12th Street in Downtown Huntsville.

Info provided by SHSU College of Fine Arts & Mass Comminication

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