FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2007
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Dr. Bob Pondillo, 615-904-8465, or Gina Logue, 615-898-5081
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTS MOVIE MADE BY MTSU PERSONNEL
“My Name is Wallace” To Be Shown at Prestigious International Cinema Event
(MURFREESBORO) – “My Name is Wallace,” a short film written and directed by a Middle Tennessee State University professor, will be shown at the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled for May 16 to May 26 in Cannes, France.
The motion picture is slated to be part of the festival’s fourth annual Short Film Corner, which is described on its Web site (http://www.shortfilmcorner.com) as “an essential meeting place between directors and producers from both short and feature films communities, but also a place to discover new talents and to sell your films.”
“Wallace,” the brainchild of Dr. Bob Pondillo, a professor of electronic media communication, tells the tale of a lonely man with social issues who reaches out for companionship through a phone sex line. Several MTSU students and alumni worked on the crew.
The film has been accepted at more than 270 film festivals and has won more than 14 prizes. It is slated for screening at the Nashville Film Festival at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 Theater, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive in Nashville.
“My Name is Wallace” stars Los Angeles-based actor and XM Satellite Radio host David Lawrence in the title role. Lawrence also produced the movie for about $15,000. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Leslie Ellis plays Tiffany, the phone sex operator. Lawrence will represent the cast and crew at Cannes.
For more information on the Cannes Film Festival, go to http://festival-cannes.fr. For ticket information on the Nashville Film Festival, go to http://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org. To learn more about “My Name is Wallace” and to view the trailer, go to http://www.mynameiswallace.com.
ATTENTION, MEDIA: For color photos of shots from “My Name is Wallace,” or to arrange interviews with Dr. Bob Pondillo and David Lawrence, contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Public Affairs at 615-898-5081.