Film Study Group to Show ‘American Movie’ at WWU

A community film study group, called The Viewer’s Eye, meets monthly at William Woods University to screen and discuss films. On Tuesday, March 20, the group will screen the 1999 documentary feature “American Movie.” The public is invited to attend.

The Viewer’s Eye will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 112 of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts on the WWU campus.

“American Movie” follows an ambitious but troubled amateur film-maker as he attempts to make the movie of his dreams, experiences alternately small successes and failures, and ultimately ditches his dream for a less-ambitious project.

It is at once heart-breaking and hilarious, discouraging and inspiring. It also features multiple takes, each more wonderful than the last, of what might be the greatest scream ever committed to celluloid, better even than Janet Leigh’s in “Psycho.”

The films screened by Viewer’s Eye are selected each month by one of the members. “American Movie” was selected by the newest member of the Viewer’s Eye film study group, Marcus Wilkins, who writes for the Fulton Sun.

Wilkins noted that the choice of a documentary for March is fitting, given the emphasis on the documentary film in Columbia as part of the True/ False film festival there. “American Movie” is a film that he says was enjoyed by everyone he knows who has seen it, and Wilkins lists it as one of the best documentaries of the last decade.

“The Viewer’s Eye was created last year to satisfy a desire to have serious conversations about all aspects of film: aesthetics, politics, narrative. The group remains open, and solicits an audience of interested cineastes for its monthly screenings,” said Matt Dube, assistant professor of English.

In addition to Wilkins and Dube, Viewer’s Eye members include Greg Smith, assistant professor of English and film studies; hotelier and screenwriter Cate Dodson, and Jane Mudd, assistant professor of art.

For more information, contact Dube at (573) 592-4355 or