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Film Producer Ned Dowd Offers Free Screening

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Independent film producer Ned Dowd, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1972, will return to Brunswick on Thursday, Feb. 19, for a free screening of the "Last of the Mohicans," which he co-produced. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. screening, which will be held at the Evening Star Cinema, Tontine Mall, Brunswick, are available at the Smith Union Information Desk, weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Seating is limited.

The screening is part of a three-day visit by Dowd to Bowdoin. While on campus, Dowd will speak to a film class taught by Tricia Welsch, assistant professor of film studies, and give a seminar to selected Bowdoin film students.

"A lot of students are interested in film, though the department is small here," said Jason Cocovinis '98, who has helped organize Dowd's visit. "He is a real success story from Bowdoin and is someone who can answer questions about where he began in such a fiercely competitive industry."

Dowd is former head of production for Caravan Pictures and has overseen the production of 34 feature films. His box-office hits have included "Angels in the Outfield," "Dead Presidents," "GI Jane," "Metro," "Powder" and "While You Were Sleeping."

While at Bowdoin, Dowd was involved with Masque and Gown, Big Brothers, The Bowdoin Orient, ice hockey and track. After graduation, Dowd earned his master's degree at McGill University in Canada and played professional hockey. He began his film industry career as an actor in the 1975 movie "Slap Shot" and has been involved with production and direction ever since.

He is co-producing two upcoming Touchstone Pictures films with novelist Michael Crichton: "Airframe," a thriller about an airline investigator, and "Eaters of the Dead," a period piece about Vikings. Both are based on best-selling novels by Crichton.

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