Lecture, film at HCC to look at culture of ghost stories

April 03, 2007

The 19th annual Kreykenbohm Lecture, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater on April 19, will feature a lecture and film by Tonya and Andy Keyser called "The Other Side: Giving Up the Ghost."

The event, which is free to the public, will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

"The Other Side: Giving Up the Ghost," is set mainly in Gettysburg, Pa., and is an exploration of the culture associated with ghost stories and paranormal investigation.

The film examines what drives our interest in the paranormal and how the media and popular culture influence and capitalize upon that interest.

Skeptics, a philosopher, a sociologist, an anthropologist, a historian and paranormal investigators take viewers on a journey through the unknown to demystify the sensationalized world of ghosts and ghost stories.


Creators Andrew and Tonya Keyser, of Fairfield, Pa., spent several years conducting research on ghosts and ghost culture. They originally intended to write a book about their findings but decided that a documentary would reach a wider audience.

"The Other Side," which took nearly a year to complete, is their first film. The Keysers are working on several new film projects.

The lecture series is named after Helen Kreykenbohm, a retired professor and former humanities division chair at HCC.

For information on the lecture, contact Joan Johnson at 301-790-2800, ext. 245.

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