New Feature Film from Native American Artist at University Campus

October 28, 2011

Diane_GlancySaint Leo University is hosting the regional showing of a new feature film about a Native American family, The Dome of Heaven, and an appearance by film’s creator, author and retired college professor Diane Glancy. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Dome of Heaven will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, November 7 in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. After the showing, Glancy will discuss the film with the audience.

The 90-minute feature has been described as a contemporary film set in western Oklahoma about a family struggling through troubled relationships, and about the adult daughter’s desire to attain a college education. In addition to the daughter, Flutie, the main characters in the story include Flutie’s father, who is from the Cherokee nation; her mother, a woman of German ancestry; and her brother, Franklin. The movie was made in a small town in Oklahoma and features the professional actor Wes Studi (best known for The Last of The Mohicans in 1992), as well as local residents.

The following day, Tuesday, November 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, Glancy will read from her recent works and discuss her life as a writer. Glancy, like the character of the daughter in Dome of Heaven, had a father of Cherokee descent and a mother of English and German heritage. Glancy has said that through her writing, she tries to recover and preserve her "displaced part-Indian, part-white, mixed-message heritage." Her published works include poetry, essays, short stories, and plays. Two of her most recent titles include the 2009 novel, The Reason for Crows, and a poetry collection in 2010 titled Stories of the Driven World. The library event is also open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Glancy is professor emeritus of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Missouri, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

Glancy’s visit to Saint Leo is sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts and Humanities, and the Cannon Memorial Library.