This semester, the University Film Series will bring a variety of films suitable for all students to Pruis Hall.
"We try to fill a certain category that makes the films apporiate to Black History Month, Women's Week, and so on," Film Series committee member and professor of English Carolyn Goffman said.
In 1987, faculty members banded together, concerned students of Ball State were not able to experience certain movies that would never be seen in Muncie or even Indiana, according to long-time committee member Christine Shea, professor in the modern languages and classics department.
"Many of the professors came from universities that had a film series, and we felt that it would be a great benefit to the community," Shea said.
Already this year, the Film Series has shown "Breaking the Waves," a foreign film. Tonight Mel Brook's "Blazing Saddles" will be shown in Pruis. The American Film Institute ranked this film No. 6 on it's "America's Funniest Movies" list.
"Sometimes we like to show movies that everyone already loves," said Shea of the Film committee's selection of "Blazing Saddles."
The hope of the Film Series is to one day provide the Ball State campus with a small full-working movie theater.
Shea also said the committee is always welcoming suggestions from students and faculty. The committee will soon be making its selections for next year. To make a suggestion, contact a committee member.
Members of the committee are professors, students and community members.
The overall goal of the series is to offer fine feature films at no charge that are of some importance to students and the community that might otherwise not be seen in Muncie.