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MC documentary screened at film festival in Nornal

Barry McNamara
Janeve West (left) and Julia Andrews were one of two couples profiled in the MC student documentary 'Love, Marriage and Family: Traditionally."
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“Love, Marriage and Family: Traditionally,” a Monmouth College student documentary, was screened Oct. 17 at the “Your Normal LGBT Film Festival” in Normal, Ill.
“It is always exciting when you get to share the work with others,” said communications lecturer Chris Goble, who oversaw the project. “And to have a group feel the work is valuable enough that they want to share it is even more exciting.”
The 19-minute documentary was created last spring by four members of the college’s MC-TV staff. Viewable on YouTube at, it features interviews of two Monmouth College professors and their partners, chronicling their stories from “coming out” to their present-day domestic life.
The students involved in the project were Ross Donnan of Evanston, Kelly Murphy of Lemont, Jane Simkins of Galesburg and Katherine Young of Georgetown.
“I am beyond thrilled that the documentary will be shown in the filmfest in Normal,” said Murphy, who graduated in May. “Making the documentary was an amazing experience. Working with such talented peers and an even more talented adviser, Professor Goble, made the experience what it was. It was an all-around team effort and the result was quite successful.”
“The work is a great piece looking at a sensitive issue in a very meaningful and powerful way,” said Goble. “The students took the lead on this entire project, from interviewing the two couples, to writing the script, to editing the film. I think they did superb work creating a piece that makes a meaningful statement on this issue without hitting you over the head with it.”
Added Murphy, “A documentary with a subject matter like this is so powerful, emotional and inspiring. It is important for not only the Monmouth College community to see it, but for everyone to see it. People should be more accepting of others, even if they appear to be different, because when push comes to shove, they are just like you. If everyone was the same and lived the same, where would life’s special moments be?”
More information about the festival is available at