Play 'Elephant Sighs' Written By HPU Professor Ed Simpson Filming In High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 13, 2010 ? “Elephant Sighs,” a play penned by Ed Simpson, chair of the Performing Arts Department at High Point University, is in the process of becoming a feature-length production, and is currently filming in High Point and Thomasville.

The production, which stars TV and movie great Edward Asner, will continue filming in the area through Jan. 24.

The film, produced by New Garden Media, is the first project for the new production company. It is a story about loss, loneliness and the power of friendship and perseverance.

The production will also feature well-known and respected Hollywood actors, including Tony-nominated John Cariani, of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “NUMB3RS” and “Law and Order”; Jack Kehler, of “The Big Lebowski,” “Love Liza,” “Dudley Doright,” “Waterworld,” “Men in Black II” and more; and David Wells, of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Basic Instinct,” “CSI,” “Dragnet” and more than 65 other films.

Simpson says when the production is complete, the film will possibly be shown on campus in late spring or early fall as a sneak preview.

HPU is lending expertise via HPU professors Matthew Emerson and Ami Shupe, who are in charge of production design and costume design, respectively. HPU students Courtney Ziegler, Nathan Ruffin, Maggie Jo Saylor, Rankin Willard and Matthew Kniffen are serving as interns.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

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