EWC will host British documentary film maker and author

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 • 3:36 pm

Eastern Wyoming College Library and Community Education will host British documentary film maker and author Tim Slessor at the Torrington, Wyoming campus on October 24, 2014. The program will be at 12:00 pm in Tebbet room 131 and is part of Chadron State College’s pilot Practitioner-in-Residence program. This presentation is free and open to the public.

In 1957, Tim Slessor joined the BBC as a trainee. Within a few years he was making films all over the world – in Australia, India, Africa, Europe, and, not least, in the US. It was his growing fascination with the American West that led him in 1965 to take a year’s “time out”- to teach English at Chadron State College.

On returning to the BBC, he worked on more documentaries across the world, including several in Alistair Cooke’s “America” series. For these and other programs he received a Peabody Award and a citation from the Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, something of which he says, “I am enormously proud.” In time, he became the Deputy Head of BBC’s General Documentaries Department. But in 1990, tired of sending other people on the interesting assignments, Tim turned to freelance work, writing for various magazines and directing/producing for Channel Four, NBC, and the National Geographic. Even more recently he has written a book, More Than Cowboys which will be available for purchase and autograph. He hopes it might be seen as his homage to the West, and to its people. This book will be available for purchase and autograph.

Slessor’s presentation is titled Immigrants and he will begin discussing his fascination with the American West and examining some of the points where the UK and the US have their similarities, and their differences. He will share stories of westward settlement, particularly, and not too surprisingly, where those tales concern immigrants from Britain.

For more information, please contact Donna White, Community Education Director at 307.532.8323.

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