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Auteur Film Series Screens "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

January 30, 2014 – Collin College’s Auteur Film Series will screen “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Boulevard, in Frisco.

The free screening, part of this year’s “Abandoned by Reason: Six Great Fantasy Films” theme, tells the story of Hushpuppy and her ailing, irascible father who live in an isolated community in south Louisiana. As a storm ravages her home and prehistoric creatures appear, Hushpuppy struggles to cope. This film is presented in conjunction with African American History Month.

Film series director Dr. Carolyn Perry said fantasy is filled with characters living without the safe boundaries that make up mundane “reality.”

“The inner worlds of these characters are wracked with loneliness, grief and fear,” Perry said. “Fantasy allows us to watch these orphans enter their inner worlds where they hone themselves into weapons or wizards and then re-emerge to take on the hostile outer worlds they fled.”

Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins, and seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff. The series supports the college's core values of learning, creativity and involvement by engaging students through film and discussion.

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.