CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tar Heel legend Jim Beatty, the first man to ever run a sub-four minute indoor mile in 1962, is featured in a new online video series, SoLit: Southern Literature in Motion from Oxford American.
Beatty is featured in the first episode stimulated by Wendy Brenner's lyrical essay "Telegram" and the discovery of a twenty-six-foot telegram that contains over 1,200 signatures of Beatty's fans. The essay itself will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of Oxford American.
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Below is the press release from Oxford American:
New Online Video Series from the Oxford American's Award-Winning Filmmaker Dave Anderson: SoLit: Southern Literature in Motion
Inaugural Episode Based on "Telegram" by Wendy Brenner, An Epic Love Letter to Legendary Olympic Runner Jim Beatty
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - The Oxford American is proud to unveil SoLit: Southern Literature in Motion, an innovative new online video series by filmmaker Dave Anderson, the National Magazine Award-winning creator of the SoLost and Southword series.
SoLit visually interprets pieces of writing originally published in the Oxford American, bringing great literature to life on the screen. By employing a variety of visual and acoustic treatments that occupy the space between the literal and the abstract, Anderson has created a kind of transmedia hybrid that could perhaps be described as the literary version of a music video. The series will be published quarterly on oxfordamerican.org.
The debut installment of SoLit is an adaptation of "Telegram" by Wendy Brenner, a lyrical essay about the Olympic runner Jim Beatty-the first man to run an indoor mile in less than four minutes-and an antique twenty-six-foot telegram. The essay appears in the Fall issue of the Oxford American, which is on newsstands now. Watch the inaugural episode of SoLit here.
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