Our visiting writer for the Spring 2015 term will be journalist, filmmaker, and screenwriter, Skip Hollandsworth. He will be available to meet with students informally at the library in Green Center at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, February 25. That evening at 7:30, there will be a screening of the 2012 feature film Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey. Mr. Hollandsworth co-wrote the script with Mr. Linklater. It was based on Mr. Hollandsworth’s 1998 Texas Monthly article, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” which depicts the murder of an 82-year-old woman, Marjorie Nugent, by her 39-year-old companion, Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Informed readers will be aware that Tiede has been lately in the news as his case and sentencing have come up for judicial reconsideration.
Following the screening, Mr. Hollandsworth will make brief remarks and engage in a question-and-answer session with the audience. This should be of particular interest to students with an interest in filmmaking, adaptation, journalism, and communication.
Mr. Hollandsworth, executive editor for Texas Monthly, is an award-winning journalist whose career began in Dallas. His articles have been recognized nationally as well as regionally, and he is an enthusiastic and personable individual who will provide a unique and entertaining evening following the screening of his film.