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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alumnus enters film competition arena

Joshua Goatley
Joshua Goatley plays dual roles as twin brothers in his film ‘Jeremiah Bigsby.’

A short film by 2009 BGSU graduate Joshua Goatley was shown at the 2010 Ohio Independent Film Festival, held June 12-14, and has been accepted for the next Cleveland International Film Festival.

The first of his films to be shown in competition, Goatley’s "Jeremiah Bigsby" follows twin brothers and their journey together, highlighting the struggles one faces when the other
passes away.

In addition to directing the film, the former general studies major and film production minor took on the role of the twin brothers. "To pull off the illusion that I have a twin brother took a lot of testing, and in the end it looks great," the Maumee native said. "Tricking the audience like a magician who is the only one that knows the trick — I love doing that."

Despite his interest in tackling technical challenges, Goatley states the most difficult part of making a film: "Hands down, writing is the biggest pain." He notes that a 5-to-10-minute film can require 20 drafts before it is finished. "It is like a puzzle, and you figure one piece out at a time until it finally comes together."

With plans to enter the Sundance Film Festival next year, Goatley is in pre-production for his first full-length feature film. He’s also creating a production website, which will give viewing access to his films, announce casting calls, and keep fans up to date on his productions.

"I hope Joshua's success is encouragement for our film students," said theatre and film faculty member Daniel Williams. "It's important at the beginning of their career to get their work seen and accepted into film festivals. It should also be an example that hard work can pay off. Joshua impressed me because after some rejection, he rebounded and kept trying. This is what you have to do."

Goatley is featured in the June 9-22 edition of the Toledo City Paper at

Angelo Brown to direct AIMS

Dr. Angelo Brown has been appointed to a one-year term as interim director of the Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) Program, according to Catherine Cardwell, interim vice provost for academic programs.

Brown has been the associate director of the AIMS program for four years. He will continue to build and sustain the program that recruits, trains and graduates women and students of color with majors in mathematics, computer and natural sciences, and technology. He will replace T. Carter Gilmer, who retires this month.

New Student Orientation on
‘Take 5’

Jodi Webb, senior associate dean of students, and Lisa McHugh-Cesarini, interim assistant vice president for enrollment management, discuss changes to BGSU’s new-student orientation on "Take 5."

Listen to the podcast at


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June 22, 2010