Dordt College News

“Dome of Heaven” screening at Dordt College

February 18, 2011

Award-winning Native American poet, essayist, playwright, novelist, and now filmmaker, Diane Glancy, will visit Dordt College to show her film, The Dome of Heaven, Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the classroom building room CL 1144.

The contemporary film is about the struggle for stability in a dysfunctional family. Glancy says the film is “about [the main character, Flutie’s] struggle to find a voice, to speak. She is so quiet at times, she feels as though she does not have a tongue.”

Glancy, who recently retired from teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., has received dozens of awards for her poems, stories, and plays.

Filmmaking was a new venture for Glancy. “I threw a stone at Goliath – the doubt [that] I could make a film,” Glancy says about her filmmaking efforts in an essay available on her website (

She cobbled together enough money to meet a budget, enlisted the help of young filmmakers looking for the opportunity she offered, then recruited just about everything she needed—including cast and musicians—from Vici, Okla., a town of less than a thousand people, where she filmed The Dome of Heaven.

Before and after a screening, Glancy will speak about independent filmmaking, and the faith and courage it required to make her film.
The public is invited to this free event.

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