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Dept. of Communication faculty, alumni and students collaborate on film

Example production teamThree graduates of the Department of Communication recently premiered their short film project, “The Example,” a fictional account of the historic race riots in Beaumont, at the Jefferson Theatre. Helming the project were writer Gordon Williams, who is also the studio operations manager for LUTV; director Wyatt Cagle; and producer Kenneth Dupuis.

“Production for the film happened in summer of 2015, and it was a great opportunity for LU students to get some hands-on work experience with Department of Communication staff, faculty, alumni and other experienced professionals on set,” said Williams.

“The Example” tells the fictional story of two families caught up in the 1943 race riots in Beaumont that occurred after two black men were accused of attacking white women. The allegations led to an angry mob of dock workers burning the city’s predominantly black neighborhood to the ground and the governor of Texas declaring martial law in Beaumont.

The film had a red-carpet premiere at the Jefferson Theatre on March 26, 2016. The production team is now entering "The Example" into national and international film festivals. 

Another acclaimed LU alumnus, Joel Love, wrote the score for the film. Love earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from LU in 2007 and recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Other musical contributors to the film include alumnus Shomari Franks and Bruce Jacobs, adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication.

“All in all, I believe we had more than 20 past and current LU students working on the production in one way or another,” said Williams. “Wyatt, Kenneth, and I were pleased to announce at the premiere that we are going to give a $250 book scholarship to a film-emphasis student in the Department of Communication.”

For more information about the Department of Communication at Lamar University, visit or call 880-8153. To view the trailer and learn more about “The Example,” visit or follow them on Facebook.

Lu students working on The Example movie

Pictured top: (Left to right) Wyatt Cagle, director; Gordon Williams, writer; Kenneth Dupuis, director. Photo by Johnny Lively. 

Bottom: Department of Communication faculty, staff, students, and alumni after filming “The Example.” Photo by Brianna Meadows.