Shelton Waldrep, University of Southern Maine (USM) professor of English and University of Maine System Trustee Professor, has been elected to the Maine Film Center Board of Directors. He is the first USM professor to be appointed to the distinguished film organization.
The professor, who teaches in the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, has been appointed for a three-year term. Waldrep’s appointment is an example of the “Metropolitan University” concept undertaken by USM, in which the university becomes an important resource for local and regional organizations.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as a board member to the Maine Film Center,” Waldrep said. “I’ve always been really interested in what they do, and I’m a big admirer of what they have accomplished. I’ve wanted to be a part of it for some time.”
“I congratulate Dr. Waldrep on his appointment to the film center board,” said Manuel Avalos, CAHS dean. “This is exactly the type of connection with the Southern Maine community for which our college has been known and has achieved.”
Waldrep has a strong affinity for film. He has taught a course on the renowned American film director, Stanley Kubrick, for a number of years at USM and devoted a chapter in his most recent book, “The Dissolution of Place: Architecture, Identity, and the Body,” to Kubrick’s work.
“I want to try to build connections between Southern Maine and the festival and to help with fundraising,” Waldrep said of his goals as a Maine Film Center board member.
USM offers a cinema studies minor through its Department of Communication and Media Studies Department.
The Maine Film Center, headquartered in Waterville, is a non-profit organization with the mission to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. The center is the premier showcase and resource for independent film in Maine and sponsor of the annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF).
Over 10 days each summer, the film festival shows more than 100 films, presents question-and-answer and panel discussions with guest filmmakers, introduces world premieres and attracts audiences from throughout New England, across the country and the world.
This year, the MIFF honored actor Glenn Close with the 2014 MIFF Midlife Achievement Award.
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