Ed Asner Returns For Screening Of Film Directed By HPU Professor

Posted on February 21, 2011.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 21, 2011 ? Seven-time Emmy Award winner Edward Asner visited High Point University to attend a special advanced screening of “Elephant Sighs,” the feature film written and directed by Ed Simpson, chair of the Department of Theatre, and executive produced by M.L. Carr, former Boston Celtics player and coach. The screening, which was held on Feb. 19 in the Extraordinaire Cinema, drew more than 200 guests.

The film, produced by New Garden Media and filmed locally in January 2010, is a story about loss, loneliness and the healing power of friendship.

The production, which stars Asner, also features 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.

In addition to the stars of the film, several HPU students had the opportunity to experience real behind-the-scenes action during the production. Students serving as interns included Courtney Ziegler, Nathan Ruffin, Maggie Jo Saylor, Rankin Willard and Matthew Kniffen.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 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

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff


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