Nerd Nite #2 Presentations include:
Marlo Angell: “From Football to Futbol”
The rise of the 2003 Garden City High School soccer team reflected demographic shifts in western Kansas. Join filmmaker Marlo Angell in a screening of her documentary, From Football to Futbol, followed by a discussion about the many ways immigration is changing sports and communities in Kansas today. Film running time: 15:42, with discussion to follow.
Marlo has a B.A. degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. Her short film, Cigar By Car, was screened in festivals across the country including the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. She wrote and directed the feature film Waiting For The Son, starring Lupe Ontiveros and Brian Aldiss and produced and edited the documentaries Mariachi Estrella and From Football to Futbol. Her short play, Bloodwork, was produced at the 2014 KC Fringe Festival by the Fishtank Theatre. Marlo is a founding member of WOLF (Women of Lawrence Film) and has just completed a short film entitled Replay for the anthology, Threads. Marlo teaches film and screenwriting, provides digital media services for the Lawrence Arts Center and curates film for the Free State Festival.
Shawn Turner: "Snip, Snip!: Perceptions of Flowers & Food"
Who would have guessed the exciting similarities between the care of cut lilies and the castration of cattle? Why do we do it, anyway...and what should we know about the hype between GMO, non-GMO, organic, all-natural, free range, grass fed, gluten free, and all of the other monikers showing up on our food labels? Hear the farmer-florist's perspective on flowers and food, along with the industry information that the big boys don't want you to know!
Shawn Turner is a third generation farmer-florist who owns and operates Turner Flowers in downtown Ottawa. After graduating from Ottawa high school, Shawn attended Kansas State University and served as the state president of the Kansas FFA Assocation. He taught high school agricultural education and served as an FFA advisor in both Girard and Spring Hill. In addition to serving on the executive board of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, Shawn is active in Kansas Farm Bureau and serves on the board of Smith Scholarship House at Kansas State University. He enjoys working on the farm, woodworking, and restoring antique tractors.
Todd Wilkinson: “Second Line Parades and New Orleans Brass Band Tradition” 
Sponsored in part by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.
In anticipation of the Funky Butt Brass Band at the 2015 SWAN Arts Festival, OU professor Todd Wilkinson will enlighten us on the history of second-line parades and the New Orleans brass band tradition.
Todd Wilkinson is the Instructor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He is a native of Kansas City, a devoted husband and father of three, and a free-lance musician/composer living in Overland Park, Kansas. For more than thirty years, Wilkinson has dedicated himself to the promotion and development of music and young musicians. He has a passion for all styles of saxophone performance and is a respected member of the Kansas City musical community.