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  • DPS FESTIVAL: The show before the show

  • Much of the festival centers on several showings of the movie, “Dead Poet's Society.” Before the movie starts, though, the Everett will show a special trailer, revisiting several of the movie's locations.
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  • Much of the festival centers on several showings of the movie, “Dead Poet’s Society.” Before the movie starts, though, the Everett will show a special trailer, revisiting several of the movie’s locations.
    It’s not just the movie’s landscape that looks familiar to local residents, though. In many scenes, beyond, behind and to the side of the main characters, are the faces and acting talents of several locals, who have a lot to say 25 years later.
    “I was a drummer in the pep rally scene,” said Chuck Purnell, who was a senior at Glasgow High School when Director Peter Weir came to town, scouting locations. He had stayed after school to practice percussion with a friend and made note of a two men checking out the school and taking photographs. The next day he learned who it was and what they were doing. Later, when filming started, he showed up to participate not knowing how it would change his life.
    “At the time I was all about music. But, getting to watch the director work and the actors and crew interact changed me,” he said. “In the fall, when I started college, I decided to major in theater and minor in television production. I’ve been working in television now for 20 years, as a videographer for ABC. I’ve flown all over and worked on shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost.’ It all stems back to ‘Dead Poets Society,’ though. I owe it all to that experience.”

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