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Not for publication Dec. 15, 1998


UNC-CH to host special preview for new Robin Williams move ‘Patch Adams’

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. doors open; movie begins at 8 p.m.
Film Auditorium, Frank Porter Graham Student Union

Up to 400 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, faculty, staff and administrators will watch closely tonight (Dec. 15) for familiar campus sites during a special preview of Robin Williams’ new movie "Patch Adams." Media representatives are invited to attend the event, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union’s film auditorium. Please identify yourself as a member of the media with event organizers as you enter the auditorium for seating instructions.

Chancellor Michael Hooker will preside at the event, which celebrates UNC-CH’s role in the movie. For about six weeks last May and June, several sites on north campus virtually turned into a Hollywood set as the cast and a 200-person crew came to Chapel Hill to shoot. Director Tom Shadyac ("Liar, Liar", "The Nutty Professor" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’) chose UNC-CH because of its beautiful surroundings. UNC-CH’s reasons for participating included the educational opportunities for students in the departments of communication studies and speech communication.

The screening is not open to the general public; only UNC-CH community members with tickets and proper identification. Seating is limited. Patrons will enjoy traditional movie fare: popcorn, candy and soft drinks.

TV videographers and still photographers: Universal Studio officials will not permit shooting while the movie is playing. News Services can supply a 2-minute Beta dub of the teaser trailer footage now airing in commercials nationwide. For TV crews on tight deadlines, News Services strongly suggests planning to interview university officials or patrons either before or after the two-hour screening begins.

The special UNC-CH preview was the brainchild of student Mark Walters, who will attend tonight and wrote Williams recently to explain what a wonderful experience it was to have him and the crew on campus. The letter prompted Universal officials to set up the special preview. Based on a true story, the movie features Williams as Dr. Hunter "Patch Adams," a medical student whose unconventional approach to healing -- namely humor -- causes headaches for the medical establishment but does wonders for his patients. "Patch Adams" opens in theatres nationwide on Christmas Day.


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News Services contacts: Karen Moon, 962-8595; Mike McFarland, 962-8593