Film Study Group to Show ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at WWU

A community film study group, called The Viewer’s Eye, meets monthly at William Woods University to screen and discuss films. On Thursday, Jan. 25, the group will screen the 1962 movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 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.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from Harper Lee’s novel of the same name, stars Gregory Peck in a performance that won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of small town lawyer Atticus Finch. Peck, as Finch, a deeply principled man, defends African-American farm worker Tom, accused of rape and for whom a guilty verdict from an all-white
jury is a foregone conclusion. The film also won an Academy Award for the quality of the adapted screenplay.

Viewer’s Eye is programmed each month by one of the founding members, who selects the film and leads the discussion. Cate Dodson, script writer and co-owner of Romancing the Past Bed and Breakfast, selected this film.

Dodson finds strong parallels between this story and the story of the executed slave Celia, a figure whose story reveals elements of Fulton’s complicated past. She has written a screenplay adapting the Celia story, and intends to offer the insight this process gave her when leading a discussion about the thematically related “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“The Viewer’s Eye was created this year to satisfy a desire to have serious conversations about all aspects of film: aesthetics, politics, narrative. Currently, the four founding members are looking for a core of interested cineastes,” said Matt Dube, assistant professor of English.

In addition to Dodson and Dube, the founding members are Greg Smith, assistant professor of English and film studies, and Jane Mudd, assistant professor of art.

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