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Feb. 23, 2005
Contact: Chuck Berg, theatre and film, (785) 864-3511.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker donates papers to KU

LAWRENCE -- The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas will host a reception to honor a Lawrence filmmaker who will donate papers related to his Academy Award-nominated documentary.

Russell Mosser, co-founder of the Lawrence-based filmmaking company Centron Corp., will be the guest of honor at a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Herk Harvey Sound Stage at Oldfather Studios, 1621 W. Ninth St.

Mosser has offered to donate all documents related to Centron's 1969 film "Leo Beuerman" to the Department of Theatre and Film.

" Leo Beuerman" will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Centron filmmakers, including Mosser, Trudi Travis, Gene Boomer and Arthur Wolf, created the short-subject documentary about the daily life of rural Douglas County resident Leo Beuerman, who was deaf, nearly blind and only about three feet tall. He became renowned in the community for driving a tractor into downtown Lawrence daily, lowering himself from the tractor into a homemade cart and selling pens and pencils on Massachusetts Street.

Oldfather Studios, which now occupies Centron's former facilities, is home to the KU film program of the Department of Theatre and Film.
" Acquiring these valuable documents will help our students better appreciate the tie to the tradition of excellence established by Centron, which for decades was one of the country's top producers of educational films," said Chuck Berg, chair of theatre and film at KU.

The reception and screening will be free and open to the public.

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