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Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival Features Discussion with Documentary Filmmaker David Van Wie

March 1, 2018
Please join Whitworth University for the 10th annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, March 2-4.

This year’s festival includes showings of the 2017 Academy Award winner for best foreign language film, The Salesman, Spike Lee’s American comedy-drama Do the Right Thing, and a documentary created by Whitworth alumnus David Van Wie, ’94, Detroit Under S.T.R.E.S.S.

Van Wie will introduce Detroit Under S.T.R.E.S.S., which he produced and directed, on March 3 at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. The award-winning documentary is Van Wie’s first film. He is currently producing a second documentary and has worked on numerous commercials and videos.

The Leonard A. Oakland film festival has been held annually since 2009 to honor the popular English professor who introduced film studies at Whitworth. Oakland is heavily involved with the Spokane-area movie scene and has worked on several Hollywood motion pictures, including the 1988 hit Bull Durham.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the festival including a synopsis of each film and showtimes, please visit:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Casey Andrews, associate English professor, LAOFF Chairperson, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4795 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or