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January 12, 2006

Alumni discuss new movie

Thursday morning at Anderson University, Dr. James L. Edwards, president, interviewed three creators of the new animated feature film “Hoodwinked!”

Not only was he asking questions to three accomplished moviemakers, but two happened to be his own children and all were graduates of the university.

During the convocation, held in Reardon Auditorium, Todd Edwards, who wrote and directed the film, Katie (Edwards) Hooten, associate producer, and Preston Stutzman, producer, all shared the trials and tribulations that go into making a film.

“Hoodwinked!” is an animated film that takes the simple children’s story, Little Red Riding Hood, to a far more complex, surprising and funny level. The movie boasts the voices of Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Jim Belushi and Patrick Warburton and opens today in 1,800 theaters nationwide, including Mounds Mall.

Students were able to view a small segment of “Behind the scenes: The making of ‘Hoodwinked!’” until technical difficulties caused an early end and left them “ahhing” for more.

“We did that on purpose so you’ll go see the film,” said James Edwards as he laughed. He then introduced the three guests who began to tell the story of how their success came about.

“It’s great,” said Stutzman. “This all started in 1995 in Tulsa, Okla. In 1999, we did an independent movie (“Chilicothe”) that went to the Sundance Film Festival. That was a tiny step up, so hopefully, with this feature release, this is going to be a lot bigger deal.”

According to Hooten, the movie started out on a table in an apartment that the creators could barely afford. Todd and Cory Edwards, Todd’s brother and another AU graduate who also wrote and directed the film, came up with the great idea of turning the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a feature-length animated film, but never thought it would take so much work.

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