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Press Release for Monday, February 17, 2014

UNF Department of Communication Connects Community Via Cinema

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences is reaching out to the Jacksonville community to share knowledge through movies.

In partnership with Sun Ray Cinemas, the Department of Communication will show a series of critically acclaimed documentaries, each focusing on a different topic in communication and technology. Experts from each field will lead a discussion following the end credits of each film, including former Associated Press reporter Nick Tatro.


We are thrilled to connect with the community this way,” said organizer and presenter, Dr. Paula Horvath, UNF journalism senior instructor. “This is a great opportunity to share the University with the city and share the city with UNF.”


Horvath said students and faculty are eager to connect with Jacksonville residents, citing that many residents who live here rarely make it to the UNF campus to participate in these events.


The first film, “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” which explores the disappearance of online privacy, will be shown at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and discussed by Dr. Peter Casella, UNF assistant professor of multimedia journalism. The second film, “The Square,” a first-hand account of the Egyptian revolution, will be shown Tuesday, March 25. Following the screening, Tatro, a journalism instructor who spent many years in the Egyptian AP Bureau, will lead a discussion of the film and how it relates to current events. The final showing will be a series of three short documentaries, “Inocente,” “Buzkashi Boys” and “Kings Point,” each nominated for an Academy award and produced through $90 million in crowd funding. Horvath will lead a discussion on the rise in popularity and viability of crowd funding.


Tickets are available through Sun Ray Cinemas. Student tickets are $7; general public tickets are $9. Contact Sun Ray directly at (904) 359-0049. 

The Department of Communication is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge about human and mass-mediated communication processes through high-quality teaching, scholarship and service to the community.


Sun-Ray Cinema, located at 1028 Park St., is locally owned and operated. Formerly 5 Points Theater, it was renovated and refurbished through private investment and crowd sourcing.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.