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Visiting Director Discusses Poe, Film

March 29, 2010 – Famed writer Edgar Allen Poe died more than 150 years ago.

Yet, the mystery of his life and death are still going strong, especially at Collin College.

The Book-in-Common program is offering a series of lectures and screenings for film and book lovers featuring filmmaker Brent Fidler and his work, Poe: Last Days of the Raven.

Events include:

  • 7-9:30 p.m. – Monday, April 12 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    Free viewing of Poe: Last Days of the Raven.
  • 11 a.m. – Tuesday, April 13 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    Presentation by Fidler titled “The Making of an Independent Film.”
  • 1 p.m. – Tuesday, April 13 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    Fidler will present “The Making of an Independent Film.”
  • 5 p.m. – Tuesday, April 13 – Preston Ridge Campus Event Center
    Fidler will present “The Making of an Independent Film.”
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Tuesday, April 13 – Preston Ridge Campus Event Center
    Free viewing of Poe: Last Days of the Raven.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano and the Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

This year’s Book-in-Common was Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow, a piece of fiction that weaves a story of mystery and suspense surrounding the days and months after the death of Poe. Pearl visited Collin College in October.

Since 1849, when Poe died in Baltimore, various theories and opinions have been given in regards to the early demise of the writer.

Poe: Last Days of the Raven stars Fidler has the writer (he also wrote and produced the film). The film is a portrait into Poe’s life and all the elements that went into creating some of the foremost stories and poems in American literature.

Fidler's theater/ film company, Theater Crossing, has produced a wide variety of acclaimed productions in Canada and Los Angeles. He has adapted his stage plays of Poe and Macbeth into screenplays and has been optioned by producer Doug Claybourne, of Poetry and Pictures, as well as Oceana Films. Fidler is the proud recipient of a Best Actor in a Dramatic Series LEO award for his work in Francis Ford Coppola's series "First Wave.”

Visit www.collin.edu/academics/bookincommon for more information about the Book-in-Common program and events.

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