News Archives:
  2014
  2013
  2012
  2011
  2010
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
  2009
  2008
  2007
  2006
  2005
  2004
  2003
  2002
  2001
  2000
  1999
  0000
Olivet College's Smith wins documentary award
Jun 30, 2010

Gary Smith, assistant professor of journalism/mass communication and director of the journalism/mass communication program at Olivet College, was recently awarded an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards film festival for his documentary, Waiting at the End of the Track.

Smith served as videographer, editor and script writer for the film, which was completed in April. His work was supported by a professional development grant from Olivet College and was produced at Access Vision in Battle Creek. The film is a production of Cyndi Todd Productions of Atlanta, Ga., and was filmed in western Virginia.

Its gratifying and humbling to have your creative work recognized by film professionals at a festival like the Los Angeles Movie Awards that features hundred of entries from filmmakers all across the country and from other nations, Smith said.

Waiting at the End of the Track tells the story of a drag racing competition and the heartbreaking crisis that one racing family must face. According to Smith, the film inspires audiences to think about the connections that tie families especially fathers and sons together.

At the heart of the story is the search for happiness common to us all. Sixty one-year-old Jack Todd of Virginia is a husband, father and businessman. In his youth, his passion for speed compelled him to spend time building and racing cars. Jacks son, Tim, discovers his fathers past adventures and convinces his father to return to the track with the father and son racing as a team. The history, the experience and the atmosphere of drag racing are seen through the eyes of the community of racers including other fathers and sons, and a husband and wife team. Rivalries and friendships are woven through the story, which takes us on a difficult journey with Jack Todds family. Tim learns that he and his wife will be blessed with a child. One month later, he is hit with the news that he may not live to see the birth of his son. Smith calls the film a story of drag racing, track history, and the power of the bonds between fathers and sons.

In addition to his work with the journalism/mass communication program, Smith serves as adviser for WOCR, the college radio station. He also teaches courses in broadcast announcing, writing, production, photography and media law and ethics at Olivet College.


« Back

homeabout usnew studentsacademicsstudent lifeathleticsalumni