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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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‘Girls’ decision misguided

As an alum of the University’s Cinema and Comparative Literature Department now working in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry, I was frustrated to hear the university declined HBO’s request to film on campus for the show “Girls.” Living in Los Angeles, you run into a lot of film and television productions — some are disruptive to daily life but most are barely noticeable. While the excitement of all those trucks and lights and crewmembers milling about may have disrupted official school business on the first day of shooting, the relatively small commotion caused by the production’s presence in Iowa City would have been a fraction of what is seen on every football Saturday, or Friday-after-class, or any night on the Ped Mall, for that matter. The university’s decision also cost the students of the film and theater departments a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a major production — the last big show even near Iowa City was Field of Dreams, and that was before most of UI’s current students were even born.

Mike Plewa


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