Lake Max Film Fest schedule, Culver connection of this year's movie in the park

The 6th annual Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival, “A Gift of Warmth,” will begin with a Friday night reception Aug. 30 at Eppley Auditorium on Culver Academies’ campus.

Featured will be several short films by Purdue film students, with attendees (donors to the event) given an opportunity to vote for their favorite. Winner will be announced after dinner.
Dinner music will be provided by pianist Mary Lynch, with feature entertainment by Chad Van Herk.
Born in the Caribbean, raised on a sailboat and now landlocked here in the Midwest, singer-songwriter Van Herk shares his experiences and seemingly insatiable wander lust through thoughtful, positive lyrics.

Saturday, August 31, starting at 6 p.m., in Culver's town park:

6:15 to 6:30 - Culver Academies Naval Band
6:30 to 7:15 - Taylor Smith
7:15 to 8 - Sentimental Journeys (big band/swing music)
8 to 8:45 - Quentin Flagg (1950s/60s rock and pop)
Featured throughout will be carriage rides, clowns, and a picnic dinner with dessert, concluding with the musical, “South Pacific,” shown on a two story outdoor screen.

Admission is a donation of new or lightly worn, clean items of winter wear for school age children.


Unlike the movie currently being shot in Culver, "South Pacific" -- which will show on the big screen Saturday night in the town park as part of the Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival -- wasn't filmed in Culver, of course, but it has a strong Culver connection.

The late Joshua Logan, a 1927 graduate of Culver Military Academy, shared the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for co-writing "South Pacific," which also earned him a Tony Award for Best Director. He directed a host of blockbuster Broadway productions in addition, including "Annie Get Your Gun," "Mister Roberts," and "Fanny."

Logan, who was named Culver Academies' "Man of the Year" in 1979, maintained a strong connection to the school through his life (which ended in 1988), and in one sense he was a "local." His step-father, Col. Howard Noble, was part of the Academy faculty during his time here, so Logan was around more than the typical CMA boarding student.

The film version of "South Pacific," which was directed by Logan, was released in 1958 and stars Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, and John Kerr. The music from the play and film was successful enough that the Broadway cast album was the best selling record of the 1940s.