DATE:  April 16, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Bill Huie 361.825.2316; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
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Filmmaker Steven John Ross Screens His Latest Feature-Length Documentary on Great American Artist Winslow Homer
Question-and-answer session will follow ‘Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Writer, producer and director Steven John Ross will present a special screening of his latest award-winning documentary “Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude” Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Bay Hall, Room 104 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The film, followed by a question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public.
The two-hour documentary, which profiles the life of 1800s American painter Winslow Homer, was the recipient of the Juried Award for Artistic Achievement at the 2007 University Film and Video Association conference. The screening, presented by the Department of Communication and Theatre and the Art Museum of South Texas, kicks off the 18th season of “The Territory” independent film series, which begins Saturday, June 14, on KEDT-TV Channel 16.

The film chronicles Homer’s artistic evolution and tells the story of a man who lived in the midst of a cosmopolitan New York City art scene, but who gradually withdrew from public life. Eventually, Homer built a studio residence overlooking an ocean cliff in Prout's Neck, Maine, where he lived until his death in 1910.

Ross, a film and video production professor at the University of Memphis, won a regional Emmy for Outstanding Documentary for his 2000 film “Oh Freedom After While,” which tells the story of a 1939 demonstration by impoverished sharecroppers in Southeast Missouri. His other award-winning PBS documentaries include “At the River I Stand,” about the last crusade of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for which he received a national Emmy; “The Old Forest;” and “A Game of Catch.”
“Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude,” distributed by Films for the Humanities, was shown this year at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.