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Alumni in Film

Spotlight on: Sam Gowan ’63

Sam Gowan '63When Sam Gowan ’63 started a historical building preservation group in Gainesville, Fla., he didn’t realize it would be a foray into the movie business.

In what he describes as “a classically strange situation,” Gowan was telephoned one day in 1976 by independent film director Victor Nunez, who was looking for an old house in which to shoot a small feature film. The pair became friendly and continued to work together, eventually formalizing their partnership with the formation of Nunez-Gowan Productions, Inc.

Described as “ Florida’s greatest filmmaker,” Nunez wrote and produced Ruby in Paradise, Coastlines and Ulee’s Gold, which earned Peter Fonda an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Gowan is credited as producer on all three films.

After graduating from Holy Cross, Gowan taught English and the humanities through a graduate assistantship at the University of Florida. His interests drew him into historic preservation, and he became a librarian at the university—a job he left in 1998 to go full time into moviemaking.

Currently, the duo is at work on another independent feature film. In addition, Gowan is raising money for a PBS series documenting the history of Floridian architecture, in what he explains as “an attempt to link these two parts of my life.”

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