JSU students will debut Tera Ross documentary Thursday
by Al Muskewitz
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JACKSONVILLE — The students working on a documentary on former Jacksonville State softball pitcher Tera Ross will be showing the film to their class on the JSU campus Thursday.

Budding filmmakers Billy Dunn, Brad McGuire and Robert Pearson have completed the classroom version of “Go Hard: The Tera Ross Story” for their video editing class and will premier it in a graded class film festival on the fourth floor of Self Hall at 1 p.m.

“We’re really excited to show it,” McGuire said Wednesday.

Four films will be shown during the festival, which professor J. Patrick McGrail said is open to the public. The room, however, has limited seating.

The 31-minute Ross film, approved to run beyond the required 10 minutes, will be devoid of narration, but McGuire said the interviews and footage will carry the story.

“I’ve seen the rough footage, and it’s very, very good,” McGrail said Wednesday. “It’s frequently very touching. These are emotional interviews.

“I’m looking forward to it. I know they’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and editing time into it.”

McGuire said a longer version of the film is planned.

“It’s not the finished product,” he said. “We just have so much stuff left.”

Ross, a hard-throwing pitcher, died in a car wreck in Florida in 2003 before her senior season.

Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.
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