TEENAGERS WERE GOING TO THE MOVIES to enjoy the latest releases
from large Hollywood studios, Kathleen Thompson ('01) was watching
foreign and independent films that didn't receive much attention
from the average moviegoer.
entered UNT's film production program and had the chance to make
her own film, however, she chose to do a documentary.
life is really more interesting than most fiction I've seen,"
film, Our Story: Abortion Providers Speak Out, was selected
to be shown at the 14th annual Dallas Video Festival in March as
part of the 2001 Texas Show, a juried compilation of short works
made by Texans.
decided to create Our Story while taking RTVF 4760 - Documentary
this class, you write a screen treatment and learn about research,
grants, directing and editing, but don't actually complete a film,"
she says. "I knew at that time that I wanted to make a film
about abortion providers. I got permission to take a graduate-level
documentary film class, where you actually complete a film, in Spring
from Charles Cook ('96, '99 M.S.), a UNT master's student in film
who has a minor in oral history, Thompson interviewed six physicians
from across the United States and included their voices in the film.
the biggest challenge of making Our Story was building trust
with the physicians.
took the longest time," she says. "They had to have an
actual validation that we were from the University of North Texas
and not here to harass them."
received her bachelor's degree from UNT in May.