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Fan Films Put You To Sleep? Enter Sandman

In my new book on the history and future of fan films, Homemade Hollywood, I profile “Comics To Film,” a cool class at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Every time it’s offered, Professor Dan Galiardi takes his class through the process of adapting a comic book character to the big screen, assigning the students to make their own films as final projects.

The latest class just concluded in December with an ad-hoc film festival where everyone showed their wares. According to Galiardi, the students’ favorite flick was about the Peanuts gang in their college years, sitting around getting drunk and cursing a lot (I have to admit, I’d be at least curious to see that). One that he recommended in particular is , DC Comics’ popular comic book character (no, not the Neil Gaiman one; the one from the 1930s created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman).

A synopsis from the Wowie Kazowie Productions website:

Wesley Dodds is The Sandman, a gas-mask wearing detective who subdues his enemies with sleeping gas. While investigating a recent string of serial killings, he finds that his girlfriend and partner, Dian Belmont, has gone missing. Can he save Dian in time, or will her kidnappers be too much for him to handle?

OK, class: What kind of grade would you give it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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