The English Department congratulates Charles Dillon Ward on his recent Nashville Film Festival Award in the “Thriller/Horror Short Film” category for his script The Ants Go Marching, which Ward says “is about sacrificing your soul to save your children.” The NaFF is a 10-day public celebration of film where Ward joined industry insiders and other filmmakers.
Ward’s script was one of 1500 entries from all around the country.Ward is a student of the Honors College and designed his own major, “Storytelling Traditions in Cinema, Literature, Art, and New Media,” by working with several departments, especially the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and the English Department. English’s Dr. David Bell says, “Dillon is a hard-working and determined student…. He’s already had a number of successes in the film world, and I suspect he has many more ahead of him.” English and Film professor Dr. Ted Hovet comments, “[Dillon’s] screenplay…reflects his creative approach to storytelling, and it is a great honor for his work to have been selected out of so many submissions. We are excited that WKU is getting such strong recognition at a prestigious event like the [NaFF].”
Ward tells the department, “Nashville is one of the top 25 film festivals in the country, so when I found out I was a [finalist], I just kept saying to myself, ‘I got lucky this time, but I won’t win.’” In regard to receiving the award, he says, “I’m always thinking when I write, ‘no one will want to read this.’ I guess some people do.”