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Recent FMS graduate’s feature film, ‘The Hardest Thing to Earn,’ addresses issues of sexual assault

Monday, August 24, 2015

It’s a classic story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy loses girl. But Benjamin Waller, a recent graduate from Alton, Ill., wanted to portray something different with his final film as a University student.

“It’s a relationship movie at the core,” Waller said. “It’s guy meets girl, strike up relationship, and things pretty much go bad. Both these characters are very flawed; their relationship never really connects because of miscommunication. That’s one of the core themes of the film.”

The film, “The Hardest Thing to Earn,” was created for Waller’s honors project. The 80-minute feature film is one of the longest to be produced by a student within the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Waller, who wrote the script, produced, directed and edited the film, chose the title from one of his favorite quotes: “Love is the most beautiful thing to have, the hardest thing to earn, and most painful thing to lose.”  Read more



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