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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 01, 2019

College of the Ozarks students win “Best Comedy,” “People’s Choice” at Fault Line Film Festival

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The film, “5 Year Plan,” produced by College of the Ozarks students Adler Davidson, senior video production major from St. James, Missouri, and Ridgley Harless, junior video production major from Walnut Grove, Missouri, received awards for “Best Comedy” and “People’s Choice” at the Fault Line Film Festival.

Davidson and Harless entered the film, a comedic retelling of Davidson’s attempts at figuring out his career, into the Fault Line Film Festival in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Nov. 9, 2018. “5 Year Plan” was submitted online and reviewed by judges before being selected for the public viewing. The festival, which is hosted at Southeast Missouri State University, is an annual narrative short film competition for university and high school students throughout the Midwest.

“I find comedy to be exciting because at its core, I believe, the funniest jokes are about speaking the truth,” Davidson said. “Therefore, it’s always an honor and blessing to search for truth and then share it with people in an entertaining way. I especially love the medium of film because you can truly create anything, which makes it a phenomenal tool for comedy. Furthermore, getting to create this video with one of my best friends, Ridgley, and receiving help from the incredible mass communications team at C of O sweetened the deal.”

Davidson and Harless produced the film as a semester long project for a Special Problems of Comedic Writing course with Dr. Curt Wilkinson, associate professor of communication arts. Students were invited to see the local debut of “5 Year Plan” on Dec. 10, 2018, at the College of the Ozarks Jones Auditorium. It was featured as part of a one-hour comedy special by Davidson.

“Creating a course like this is not something we do every day,” Wilkinson said, “but Adler has demonstrated a consistent and serious pursuit of comedy as a career from day one. His dedication motivated us to offer this unique experience, and we’re excited to see where his studies and career pursuits will take him upon graduation.”

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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