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Fanfare: Fall 2013
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 25, 2013

Prof films musical love story

Emmy-winning filmmaker and PSU Professor Dustin Morrow has written, directed, and produced a feature-length film, Everything Went Down. The realist musical is about a widowed, grief-stricken professor played by Noah Drew (above left), who meets a frustrated singer-songwriter played by indie rocker Kate Tucker (above right). Together they are healed by the power of song. Morrow, who has taught film production and theory at Portland State since 2011, has won numerous awards for his films, which have been shown around the world. Everything Went Down won Best Feature Film and Best Score at the SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival in Rhode Island.

Author reworks China history

WHEN FIRST-TIME author Bob Jonas MS '92 came up with a story idea that involved revolution in China with an American teen at its center, he knew he couldn't write it while living and working in China. Jonas was a librarian at an international school and at the Public Security Bureau College in Shanghai. If the authorities learned of his writing project, he was sure his job and his visa would quickly expire. Now a school librarian in Germany, Jonas has published ChinAlive, a novel for young adults that reimagines the 2008 Olympics as a platform for democratic upheaval in China. An award-winning school librarian for the past 17 years, Jonas spent seven years working in China and has also taught in Chile, Saudi Arabia, and Beaverton, Oregon. 

Schnitzer-winning artists

BOLD GRAPHIC DESIGN and art that addresses social issues won students Patricia Vazquez Gomez and Jordan Hoagbin the first Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes at PSU. An exhibit of their work is planned for Oct. 3 to Nov. 1 in Autzen Gallery, 205 Neuberger Hall. Gomez, an Art & Social Practice MFA student, was selected by a jury of art faculty, local artists, and art collectors for her thought-provoking paintings (far left), video, and live events. Hoagbin, a sophomore studying graphic design, was praised by jurors for the uniqueness of his work (left). This Schnitzer Prize was created this year in the College of the Arts with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Autzen Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Singers take Italian Grand Prix

THE VENUES WERE GRAND, the singing emotional, and winning was "an amazing feeling," says Ethan Sperry, director of the Portland State Chamber Choir. In July the choir won the Grand Prix award at the 52nd annual Seghizzi International Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy. This was the first top win for a U.S. ensemble. The competition featured 22 choirs from 21 countries. For the PSU choir's final and winning set, the students amazed the other choirs with a performance that ranged from Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Blessed Art Thou O Lord" sung in Russian to Leonard Cohen's contemporary hit "Hallelujah."

New Works

PASSIONATE COMMITMENTS: THE LIVES OF ANNA ROCHESTER AND GRACE HUTCHINS
By Julia M. Allen MA '76, State University of New York Press, 2013

DUEL WITH THE DEVIL: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND AARON BURR TEAMED UP TO TAKE ON AMERICA'S FIRST SENSATIONAL MURDER MYSTERY
By Paul Collins (English faculty), Crown publishing, 2013

ADORING ADDIE
Leslie Gould MA '09, Bethany House Publishers, 2013

YOU'VE GOT ME
Music CD by Naomi LaViolette MM '01, 2013

SISYPHUS SHRUGGED
By Robert Peate MEd '10, CreateSpace, 2012

THE S-WORD
By Chelsea Pitcher '04, Gallery Books, 2013

NEGOTIATING SHADOWS
By Grace E. Reed MA '08, George Ronald Publisher, 2012

THE CHILDREN OF KINGS: A DARKOVER NOVEL
By Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross MS '71, Penguin Group, 2013

CONTEMPORARY ART ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: A STRANGE UTILITY
Edited by Isabelle Loring Wallace and Nora Wendl (Architecture faculty), Ashgate Publishing, 2013

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