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Filmmaking as Servanthood

by Alysa Obert '11

She leaned back in her chair, then stepped out to grab a drink of water. The office was sparse, with a large teapot that hinted espresso wasn’t her preference. Meet Gordon’s new assistant professor of communication arts, Virginia (Toddy) Burton.

Burton, a Brown University graduate, has studied film production in New York City and completed her M.F.A. at the University of Texas, Austin. She’s written and directed two short films, including The Aviatrix, which played at over 30 international film festivals and won several awards.

Burton plans to continue making films while teaching at Gordon and is at present working on two scripts. The role of film, she says, is to show how “faith infuses everything.” Rather than focusing on self-expression, she thinks of her work as servanthood.

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