The Millikin University Honors Program will present "The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival" on Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center on Millikin University's campus. The festival is free admission.
The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival is the culminating event for Millikin's Honors Seminar on documentary filmmaking. Fourteen Millikin students, who worked in three film crews, took on the roles of director, cinematographer, audio/sound, publicist and editor. The students spent the first half of the course watching and analyzing a variety of documentaries while also formulating documentary ideas and researching their topics. The second half of the course was focused on fine tuning pre-production, production, and post-production of their documentaries.
The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-screening hors d'oeuvres reception – by special invitation only – followed by a red carpet affair for the campus community and the general public from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. During this time, student photographers will take pictures of people as they enter Kaeuper Hall. It will be optional for people to take a picture in front of the VIP backdrop. Students from campus organizations will be volunteering as hosts and ushers as well.
The screening of the documentaries will be from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ngozi Onuora, Millikin assistant professor of education, will lead the official opening of the film festival, followed by the screening of the three documentaries with brief discussion and audience questions after each film. The order of the documentaries will be as follows:
7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. - The Herbal Conundrum
This film focuses on the controversy about legalizing marijuana and includes a discussion about its medicinal uses.
7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. - N-Word
This film focuses on the use of the word and explores who uses it, why they use it, what the history of the terminology is, and why people should think before using it. Included in this film is a discussion about the use of the word in the black community.
8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – What's Love Got to Do With It?
This film delves into how love and love relationships impact the life decisions people make, thus making a case for how important love is or is it?
There will be an official closing from 8:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a cake and punch reception directly following in the Perkinson Music Center foyer for all attendees.