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Filmmaker Jeffrey Ruoff, visiting scholar at Reed College, will present the premiere of his fourth documentary, The Last Vaudevillian, on Friday, October 16, at 8 p.m. in the psychology auditorium on the Reed campus. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

The Last Vaudevillian follows the travels of film lecturer John Holod as he narrates his 16mm travelogue, Cuba at the Crossroads, on tour from New York to Florida. The 45-year old Holod is part of a little-known tradition of non-fiction filmmaking, a traveling entertainer who refers to his colleagues and himself as "the last vaudevillians." A road movie about Holod and the film tradition of which he is a part, The Last Vaudevillian explores the special charms of live film presentations and the curious combination of excitement and education that travelogues provide.

Known to friends as "a trucker with a movie," Holod travels over 80,000 kilometers a year across North America in a motor home that is complete with a satellite TV, global positioning system, computer, films, videos, projectors, and tuxedos. Something of a stand-up comedian, Holod invents slapstick routines for the entertainment of his mostly elderly audiences, who enjoy his old-fashioned humor. Holod recognizes that the travel film with live narration may be a dying form, but the show must go on; plans are already in the works for his next feature, R-V Adventure to Central America: McAllen, Texas, to the Panama Canal.