Documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott will visit and show her Academy Award-nominated film The Collector of Bedford Street. The screening will be followed with a Q&A session. Elliott is the inaugural visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O’Shields, filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor.
The Collector of Bedford Street is a 34-minute documentary about Alice's neighbor, Larry Selman, a community activist and a fundraiser who has an intellectual disability. When Larry's primary caregiver becomes unable to care for him, his New York City neighborhood community rallies together to protect his independent lifestyle by establishing an adult trust fund in his behalf. The Collector of Bedford Street was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. It was screened over 70 film festivals, was shown on the cable channel Cinemax and won 18 awards.