NTCC Honors to premier original film
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NTCC Honors to premier original film





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Northeast Texas Honors will present the Premiere of their original film



Modern Icarus,



The Story of Morris Sheppard



Mount Pleasant Library • February 1 • Noon



It was one of the most ambitious and unprecedented moral reforms in history – to outlaw the sale and manufacture of alcohol in a major Western nation. The point man for that effort? Senator Morris Sheppard from Texarkana, the author of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This film shows how Sheppard, who was born in Naples, Texas, became the most influential – and now most forgotten – son of Northeast Texas.



Morris was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1903 to 1913, and a U.S. Senator from 1913 to 1941.  Three great nieces of Morris Sheppard will be in attendance at the premiere.



Members of the Northeast Texas Community College Webb Society, the student chapter of the Texas State Historical Association, and NTCC Honors researched, wrote, directed, and produced the film.  This Premiere marks the 100th anniversary of Sheppard’s push in the Senate to obtain a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol in the United States.



The movie was mostly filmed in Jefferson, Texas. The character list and actors of the film are as follows:



Morris Sheppard: Johnathan Chambers



Narrator: Ashley Perzel



Richard, early antogonist: Dr. Andrew Yox, Honors Director



Hannah: Alisha Richardson, Presidential Scholar



Wyoma, Symbol of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union: Emily Peacock,



Luella: Elizabeth Griffin



Warren: Stephen Milburn, Presidential Scholar



Thomas: Philip Yox



John Sheppard (Father): Andrew Yox



Alice Sheppard (Mother): Bonnie Spencer



Olga Sheppard (Sister): Elizabeth Griffin



John Bankhead (Political handler of John Levi Sheppard): Philip Yox



Amaziah Smith (Advisor of Morris Sheppard): Noah Griffin, Presidential Scholar



Clifton Sheppard (Brother) Jacob Richardson



John Fairfax: Noah Griffin



Joe Cannon (Speaker of the House): Jacob Richardson



Theodore Roosevelt (President): Andrew Yox



Anna Gordon (WCTU President): Bonnie Spencer



Lucile Sanderson (Wife): Alisha Richardson



Wayne Wheeler (President of Anti-Saloon League): Noah Griffin



Andrew Volstead (Sponsor of the Prohibition Law): Andrew Austin, Honors Scholar



Billy Sunday (Leading Protestant Evangelist): Andrew Yox



Rev. Frank Norris (Pastor of Fort Worth Church) Noah Griffin



William Upshaw (Prohibitionist Congressman from Georgia): Philip Yox



Newspaper Boy: Jacob Richardson



Theodore Kirchhoff: Andrew Austin



Sol Bloom (Anti-Prohibitionist New York Congressman): Andrew Yox



Tom Connally (Texas Senator) Stephen Milburn



Janet Sheppard (daughter): Elizabeth Griffin



Daisy: Emily Peacock



Dancers:  Elizabeth Griffin, Philip Yox, Emily Peacock, Stephen Milburn, and Alisha Richardson



Singers in Northeast Texas Sound-Track Chorus: Hannah and Emily Peacock, Cristina Strudthoff, Andrew, Joshua, Paul, Philip, and Rebecca Yox, Bethany Zittel (Andrew Austin, Technical Director)



Researchers who traveled to the Dolph Briscoe Center of the University of Texas at Austin:  Andrew Austin, Julia McCurry, Aaron Screws, Bonnie Spencer, Andrew Yox



Costume Director: Alisha Richardson



Makeup Director: Elizabeth Griffin



Director of Student Research: Bonnie Spencer



Technical Director: Andrew Austin



Editorial and Script Committee:  Andrew Austin, Johnathan Chambers, Noah Griffin, Bonnie Spencer, Andrew Yox.



 



 



We give special thanks to:



The Friends of NTCC Honors, without whose support, the film would have been impossible.



Producer Andrew Austin, Honors Scholar at NTCC, who researched the narrative, recorded the film choir, filmed the acting, and edited the film.



Professor Chuck Hamilton of NTCC for his work filming, and for donating time with his professional filming rig.



The Chamber of Commerce of Jefferson, Texas: Juanita W. Chitwood, and Ron Hollomon



Consultant:  Dr. Karl Hagstrom Miller, History Professor, University of Texas at Austin



NTCC Vice President Ron Clinton for his support.



NTCC Librarian Donna Griffin for technical assistance



NTCC Secretary Debra Anthony for financial work



James, Rebecca, and William Di’Angelo for filming on their Titus County land.



Bill McCay, Sheriff of Marion County, Texas for the use of the Marion County Courthouse.



Donna Lang and the Benefield House of Jefferson, Texas



Timm and Karen Jackson of the Hale House of Jefferson



Dave and Tammy Doriot of the White Oak Manor of Jefferson



The Bakery Restaurant of Jefferson



The City of Jefferson



 
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