CF’s International Film Series concludes with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on March 29

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Posted March 18, 2022 | By James Blevins
james@ocalagazette.com

The College of Central Florida (CF) Ira Holmes International Film Series concludes its 60th anniversary season with the classic coming-of-age drama “To Kill a Mockingbird,” on Tuesday, March 29. 

Released in 1962 and starring Gregory Peck in an Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the film adaptation of the titular novel by Harper Lee. 

The book, first published in 1960, focuses on racial injustice in the segregated South and is widely considered a classic of modern American literature, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. 

Directed by Robert Mulligan, the motion picture was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1963, winning three—Best Actor for Peck, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction-Black and White. 

It features supporting performances from Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Estelle Evans and Robert Duvall in his first film role as Arthur “Boo” Radley. 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and at 7 p.m. at the CF Ocala Campus, located at 3001 S.W. College Road, Building 8, Room 110. 

On Wednesday, March 30, at 12:30 p.m., university professor, author and book editor Dr. Gilbert B. Rodman will host an online film talk and Q&A session on Zoom. 

A bonus film shorts festival, featuring Chris Marker’s “La Jetée,” Louis Malle’s “Vive le Tour” and more, all films from 1962 when Professor Holmes first began the long-running program, is scheduled for April 12.

Films at the Ocala campus are free and open to the public, while films at the Appleton are free to all museum and film series members. Nonmembers must pay museum admission. Be advised that some films in the series may contain mature content. 

For more details on the series or how to join the film talk and Q&A session, visit CF.edu/filmseries.