BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


'Dating Doctor' to host fifth Falcon Film Festival

The “Dating Doctor” will make a house call Saturday (Feb. 28) at the BGSU Falcon Film Festival.

Alumnus David Coleman, who has earned his nickname as an author, speaker and media personality, will emcee the fifth annual festival.

The free, public event will be held in 101 Olscamp Hall, where the doors will open at 6 p.m. and eight films by BGSU students will be shown from 7-9 p.m. Nearly 500 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Coleman received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1983 and a master’s degree in college student personnel in 1985, both from Bowling Green. He is the author of 101 Great Dates, Date Smart! and, most recently, Making Relationships Matter, which has entered its second printing run. His writing also includes a story in the national best seller, Chicken Soup for the College Soul.

Honored by BGSU as a Distinguished Alumnus, Coleman has also been named National Speaker of the Year eight times by Campus Activities Magazine and three times by the National Association for Campus Activities. He has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers, including Us, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times, and has appeared on the major television networks and numerous radio stations nationwide.

Coleman will introduce the featured films at Saturday’s festival. Filmed and edited during the first month of spring semester, the eight movies are five-to-eight-minute glimpses of the student filmmakers’ experience at BGSU. They have been judged as the best among 21 submitted by teams of four or five students each—the most student participation in the event’s five years.

In addition to team members and actors, 25 students will volunteer their time to help with the event, according to Michael Hachtel, developer/report writer in BGSU’s Office of Residence Life and co-chair of the festival steering committee. “In all, we are looking at over 200 people (participants, volunteers, faculty, staff, alumni and community members) who have contributed to the success of this program,” he said.

The committee reviewed the entries to ensure they followed the prescribed rules—no content beyond what would get a PG rating, for instance—and sent those that did to the five judges who picked the winners, along with a Best Actor and Best Actress.

Those judges were Michael Griffel, director of residence life; Emmanual Guillory, president of Graduate Student Senate; Jeff Nelson, director of the University Bookstore; Joseph Oravecz, associate vice president for student affairs, and BGSU graduate Tom Hofbauer, a Toledo-based, independent filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning “In the Company of Strangers.”

Each member of the first-place film’s production team will receive a Nintendo Wii and a $100 gift card to Best Buy. All members of the runner-up team get a $250 gift card to their choice of Kroger, Meijer or Wal-Mart, and a $100 iTunes gift card goes to everyone in the third-place group. The Best Actor and Best Actress will each receive a $100 gift card to the Woodland Mall.

Audience members can also win at the festival, which will offer raffle prizes.

The BGSU offices of the Chief Information Officer and Residence Life are primary contributors to the event. Sponsors are the Student Technology Center, BG Experience program, Residential Computing Connection, University Bookstore and Resident Student Association, which will air the films on campus cable station WRSA after the festival. Kim Fleshman, program coordinator at the Student Technology Center, is the other steering committee co-chair.

For more information about the festival, visit www.bgsu.edu/falconfilmfest. The top two films from each of the last four years can be seen at the site.

February 23, 2009