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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Channel 16 to air S&T filmmaker’s series

  • Starting today, Rolla Channel 16 will air a five-movie series produced by James Bogan. James Bogan is an emeritized professor of art history, a poet, and a filmmaker who has taught at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since 1969.
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  • Starting Dec. 1, Rolla Channel 16 will air a five-movie series produced by James Bogan. James Bogan is an emeritized professor of art history, a poet, and a filmmaker who has taught at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since 1969. His scholarly publications include Sparks of Fire (1982), an experimental anthology on William Blake, and Burden of Dreams (1984), a casebook on Les Blank’s film.
    In 1986 he lectured at the Federal University of Para in Brazil as a Fulbright Fellow, where he also began his career as a documentary film-maker with T-Shirt Cantata. Since then he has made several more films about the Amazon including The Hammock Variations (1996) and The Adventures of the Amazon Queen (2007).
    Tom Benton’s Missouri (1992), a half-hour documentary on the most ambitious mural of America’s foremost muralist, won numerous awards including “Best Short Feature” at the Great Plains Film Festival. Naked Bronze: Louis Smart Sculptor in the Ozarks is another film that documents the artistic process. Bogan’s prose and poetry have been published widely in magazines like River Styx, New Letters, and Walking and several have been aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, The Savvy Traveler, and Market Place.
    He was selected as a Kellogg Fellow for International Development in 1993 and participated in a leadership training program with 40 other Fellows from the United States and Latin America. Ozark Meandering, a book of maximal poetry and poetic prose, was letterset at Timberline Press in 1999, making it “the last hand-made book of the millennium.”
    In 1997 he was named a “Curators’ Teaching Professor” at S&T and in 2005 was honored with the Missouri President’s Teaching Award. In 2002 he was invited to construct a three-tone version of The Celtic Double Spiral Space Centering Vehicle at the Garden of European Fantastic Art in Belgium.
    His current projects include various earth sculptures, a film called Carnival Round Up about the Lions Club Fourth of July fair in Rolla, and the exploration of the Ozarks by foot, bicycle and kayak.
    Rolla Channel 16 is a jointly funded partnership between the City of Rolla, Rolla Public Schools, and Fidelity Communications.
    The presentation of these films marks the beginning of RC16’s refocus on airing fresh content that informs, entertains, educates and highlights local people engaged in high-quality and creative endeavors.
     
    Bogan’s featured films:
    • T-Shirt Cantata, (1988), producer/writer/director
    • The Hammock Variations, (1996), producer/director
    • The Making of Millennium Arch, (2001), producer/director in collaboration with Edwina Sandys
    • Adventures of the Amazon Queen, (2007), producer/writer/director
    • Naked Bronze: Louis Smart Sculptor in the Ozarks, (2009)
    • Adventures of the Amazon Queen, (2007), producer/writer/director

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