Joe Aaron to visit Harding University

Harding University will host filmmaker, writer and actor Joe Aaron Nov. 2-6. A University alumnus and co-creator of the cartoon “Doug,” Aaron will speak in a number of communication classes, hold open sessions for students interested in filmmaking, and participate in a screening of his movie “Crazy Jones.”

Aaron earned a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute and recently published a book titled, “The Low-Budget Screenplay: How to Write a Produce-able Script.”

“Joe brings a wealth of professional experience in film and entertainment media,” said Dr. Jim Miller, head of the department of communication. “I am thrilled he will be with us for a week sharing his experiences and inspiring students to pursue their love of film and storytelling.”

Aaron will speak in Assistant Professor of English Chuck Bane’s Film as Literature class Tuesday night where students will screen “Crazy Jones,” which Aaron wrote, produced and starred in, at 6 p.m. in room C202 of the Reynolds.

This year, the English and communication departments collaborated to offer a film minor for students interested in producing or writing films. The minor requires students to complete 18 hours through courses about scriptwriting, film as literature, and video and audio production.

Partnering with the department of English’s film club, Aaron will teach a seminar on how to produce a low-budget film Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Reynolds C202. He will use his short film, “Guttersnipes,” as an example.

“The film minor is for any student who loves studying and producing films,“ Miller said. “Joe is a wonderful friend to the department of communication and a strong resource for our students.”