A college professor, under contract to film a documentary about a world renowned performance artist, hires one of his best students to make a documentary of him making the documentary. There are unexpected results. That’s the premise for ‘Doc Doc,’ a film short written and directed by Georgetown College Professor George McGee and produced by the College’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.
The film has been accepted for screening at the International Film Festival Ireland (IFFI), Clonmel, Tipperary, on September 4, 2010. It features the talents of alumni Adam Luckey, whom central Kentucky theatergoers will recognize from his frequent stage performances, Jessie Rose Pennington, Josh Shoulta, Michael McCord and Nathan Bush, along with Dr. Todd Coke, a Georgetown College Professor of English, and Dr. Rosemary Allen, the College’s Provost and Academic Dean.
In explaining the project, Professor McGee said, “I enjoyed ‘Doc doc’ because I was able to use our students, faculty, staff, and former students. It really was a fun project. I’ve worked mostly in front of the camera–commercials, industrials, documentaries–and taking on a small budget indie requires a real dedication to finish. I can’t tell you how many times I would get sick of editing and put it back on the shelf. Ed (Ed Smith, Professor and Department Chair) finally convinced me to send it out.”
The acceptance of ‘Doc Doc’ for inclusion in an international film festival gives further momentum and distinction to the Theatre and Performance Studies department’s success in independent filmmaking.
Its first film in 2005, Cinemessiah, was written, produced, edited and shipped within a 72-hour span for the Insomniac Film Festival where it won three awards.
“That encouraged Ed to keep on working and pretty soon he was ready to try the feature film ‘Surviving Guthrie’,” said McGee. “With funding from donors and friends, cinematographer Mark Gurevitch was hired. We had a strong cast and the final product looked really good. It was the first indie film to have a sellout crowd at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, and it went on to win several awards including Best of Festival at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in 2009.”
Of the upcoming International Film Festival, Professor McGee says, “I am really excited about going to Ireland for this screening. There will be filmmakers there from more than thirty different countries and, of course, Georgetown College!”
The complete IFFI schedule is available online: