Oct 11, 2013

Ferguson Center Presents: On Screen/In Person Film Tour Screening of "Furever"

(Newport News, Va.) - CNU's Ferguson Center for the Arts will present a screening of the acclaimed film "Furever" as part of the On Screen/In Person film series on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Concert Hall. This screening if free to CNU students, but a ticket is required for entry. General public tickets are $5. Pre- and post-screening discussions will be held with filmmaker Amy Finkel and a panel of experts.

“Furever” explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet and the sociological evolution of domesticated animals in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit. Featuring interviews with owners, veterinarians, psychologists, religious scholars and professionals in the pet memorial business, “Furever” confronts cultural assumptions regarding attachment and death, and studies the deep psychological and physiological bonds that form between humans and animals. How 'real' is grief for a dead pet and who decides what is acceptable or appropriate? The reactions of these owners embody America's muddled attitudes toward death and dying, touching on our collective fear of aging, and how that fear is shaped by the shifting influences of religion, technology, family and money.

Finkel is a designer, photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer. She is an instructor at both New York University and Parsons The New School for Design, where she teaches classes in photography, documentary filmmaking and Web design. She holds an MFA in design and technology from Parsons, and a BA in theater from Connecticut College.

A program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, On Screen/In Person is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program, Christopher Newport University's Office of the Provost and the Ferguson Center for the Arts.

Tickets are available in person or over the phone at the Ferguson Center Ticket Office. Usual fees apply; if purchased in person via cash or check all fees waived.

General public tickets: $5 per ticket
Group pricing: 10 or more $3 per ticket

Ticket Office Hours:
Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(757) 594-8752

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations

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