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Documentary film by Otterbein faculty and student to be shown at international film festival

Documentary film by Otterbein faculty and student to be shown at international film festival


Lauren Heberling ’19

Westerville, Ohio, isn’t the first place you think of when you imagine a setting for a documentary film. However, our quiet peaceful village contains a shoe shop, appropriately named Doctor Shoe, just moments away from campus. The store’s owners, Doug Price and Randy Burge, worked with Otterbein adjunct professor and film producer Keith Pepperell to create the documentary film Dr. Shoe and Dangerous Doug. In turn, Pepperell brought Otterbein communication studies student Drew Schaffer ’18 in to help with editing.

The film follows the lives of Price and Burge as they try to keep the artisanal skill of shoe making and repair alive. The documentary is an official selection for the international Geofilm Festival and Expocinema taking place in Padua, Italy, in the next few weeks.

Pepperell co-produced the documentary with Emmy award winner Derek Kavanagh, who worked on movies including Dances with Wolves, Ronin, Straw Dogs and The Italian Job. He had help with cinematography from Emmy award winner Dave Ross, who worked on the TV show The Amazing Race. Shaffer served as an editor on the film.

Pepperell befriended the Emmy award winners while working on another documentary called Playing It Forward, which Pepperell wrote and then co-directed with Ross. Kavanagh was the commentator for the documentary.

When asked about being friends with Emmy award winners, he said, “I don’t ask anything of them, they are all happy to give advice.”

Pepperell admits that they end up sending him some of their work to look at for opinions.

Pepperell is from Oxford, England, and is a philosophy professor at Otterbein University. When he isn’t teaching or producing documentaries, he is writing. He has written over 40 books that he finds “quirky,” including one about aglets, and has dabbled in comedy. His experiences provide a unique perspective to life that he shares with his students. Pepperell thinks of Westerville and Otterbein University as his home.