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The screening of the film “Spotlight” put on by the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication in the Holliday Forum Tuesday night was a success. There were more than 40 students in attendance, not including staff members. Many professors were offering bonus points for students if they attended.

The Holliday Forum was almost full when 6 p.m. rolled around. Dean Jerry Ceppos sat in the front row. Leonard Apcar, one of the faculty members who put on the event, said a few words before the start of the movie. He explained that the movie accurately depicted what investigative reporting is like.

He announced that they would wait a few more minutes for students to finish filing in. The film began at around 6:10 p.m. There was an issue with volume, but it was fixed after a few scenes. The members of the audience were almost silent for the duration of the film. It captured everyone’s attention.

The film ended a few minutes later than expected due to a frozen screen about 30 minutes in. When the credits began scrolling on the screen students almost immediately got in line to sign a sheet for their extra credit. There was no discussion afterward. The faculty members stayed behind for a few minutes.

Aubrey Ticer, a sophomore at LSU, attended the event and was happy she did. Ticer received bonus points for attending, but she had wanted to see the movie anyway. She said she was too young to know what was happening when the story originally broke, but she did not realize the extent of the abuse by the priests at the time.

“It made me cry,” she said directly following the movie. The movie made her very emotional. She is not Catholic, but she was still saddened by the story.

Dean Jerry Ceppos had a unique take on the film because he knows two of the journalists portrayed in the movie. When asked if the movie was an accurate depiction of journalism his response was an overwhelming yes.

Ceppos knows Marty Baron, played by Liev Schreiber in the movie. Ceppos described Schreiber’s portrayal of his friend Baron as “spot on”. He also knew Michael Rezendes, played by Mark Ruffalo. Rezendes, in the beginning of his career, worked under Ceppos.

For more information about upcoming events, visit the LSU Manship School’s website or follow the Twitter account @ManshipSchool.


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