Jim Croce film will be among original student documentaries screened Monday

NSU alumni and former Current Sauce staffers who covered the death of musician Jim Croce shared their experiences with current communications students for a student-created documentary. From left are Zachary Desselles, Waylon Washington, Jerry Pierce, Colie Plaster, Melanie Torbett, Janet Tompkins and Anna Duplantis.

NATCHITOCHES – The public is invited to a documentary showcase featuring short films by Northwestern State University COMM4240 students and new work by Professor Melody Gilbert.

Screenings will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 in the Varnado Hall Ballroom.  Free pizza will be provided.

The student filmmakers are Zachary Desselles of Pineville, Anna Duplantis of Madisonville, Colie Plaster of Gibsonville, North Carolina, and Waylon Washington of Coushatta.

Subjects of the documentaries include exploring loneliness, observing pain one can’t see, finding one’s place in the world, how to say goodbye to someone who promised you everything and a cassette tape not listened to for almost 40 years.

The final documentary, “The Night the Music Died,” reunites three NSU Current Sauce reporters, Melanie Babin Torbett, Dan McDonald and Janet Vanhoof Tompkins, who share their memories from 1973 of a tragic accident involving folk singer Jim Croce after a show in Prather Coliseum.  Gilbert directed the film with Deselles, Duplantis, Colie Plaster and Washington as producers.  David Antilley, executive director of NSU-TV, assisted studio interviews for the project.

For more information, contact Gilbert at gilbertm@nsula.edu.