Documentary film shows sunny Spain and Spanish immersion

Tarleton Goes Basque

Tarleton State University

Friday, January 25, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Tarleton Study Abroad Program will host its documentary film Tarleton Goes Basque on Thursday, Feb. 14, in association with the communication studies department and English and languages department.

In this 70-minute documentary, viewers will experience the travels of 15 Tarleton State University students across northern Spain and southern France.

This free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater on the Stephenville campus.

Students featured in the film were part of Tarleton’s Spanish immersion program, where they explored 10 cities in 38 days. Under the direction of Burton Smith, they visited cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Bilbao and French provincial towns.

“It’s better than Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, assistant professor of communication studies and the film’s producer/director. “Joking aside, it was a wonderful trip as you will see in our film. You experience the students learning Spanish as the film progresses.”

A student helped capture footage, and students edited the film and wrote and performed the original score. Credits include Christopher Starnes and Christopher Knowles, editors; cinematography by Tyler Williams and Dr. Robert Anderson; narration by Prairie Parnell; and musical score by Corey Warthman, P.J. Ramirez and Waylon Glover.

More than 16 hours of footage was narrowed down to one film. The editing and production has been a semester-long project. This is the third documentary film project about Tarleton abroad; previous films follow Tarleton fine arts students in Italy and nursing students in England.

International Programs is sponsoring a reception following the Feb. 14 screening.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. Robert Anderson

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